Following our first gathering in 2013, Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, Sarah Workneh, Marlease Bushnell, and Eliza Myrie came together to share what we had heard from participants and our own feelings on what could continue to happen with the Black Artists Retreat. As we prepare for [B.A.R.] Chicago 2014 we are seeking proposals that explore a range of topics related to black cultural production in its many forms.
We identified four focus areas that can lend structure to the concerns of the community without overdetermining what the community itself thinks is important. Proposals, while open, should fall under one of the following four categories:
This open proposal is an opportunity for individuals to share their own thoughts on where our cultural production stands. What are the issues that we now face? What are the themes, concepts, and ideas that underscore critical thought and artist’s production?
Assembling a diverse and intergenerational group of proposal reviewers will allow us to assess where there is consensus. The invited panelists will meet in New York City to review proposals and select the presenters for [B.A.R.] Chicago 2014. Those proposals selected will have the period from May to August to expand their abstract in order to more fully present their ideas during the August retreat.
Please consider how your proposal can contribute to and foster the discussion of concerns facing the entire [B.A.R.] community, your proposal may consider individual presentations or group presentations and panels.
At this time there is no funding for the realization of proposals.