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SCCD Announces Last Chance for Summer Art Opportunity

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has released a call to artists for a unique opportunity in downtown Springfield. The SCCD is searching for artists to host a solo show in the district’s Art Stop pop-up gallery program and sell their work in one of three locations downtown. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 30.

Artists chosen will have the opportunity to sell their art in a gallery, receive marketing and a public reception courtesy of the district, and be awarded a $200 stipend. “This is a great opportunity for both emerging and professional artists,” said Morgan Drewniany, SCCD executive director. “Most public galleries don’t pay a stipend and charge a fee if works are sold. We are not only paying the artists for lending their work, but underwriting the cost of the program for them.”

The request for proposals (RFP) asks for proposals from artists of all mediums to show their work from August to October. Requirements for what the art should look like are fairly laid-back, to best enable creative expression.

The Art Stop venues range from a small community meeting space to a highly visible first-floor lobby, to a large community room. The SCCD hopes artists will draw inspiration from these differing spaces. The purpose of the program is to increase walkability in the cultural district, as well as create a source of income for local artists. This cycle adds the TD Bank Building at 1441 Main to the other three locations.

A joint reception will be held between four locations on Wednesday, Aug. 2, with artist talks, street art, and performances between the locations to encourage walking, and light food and drinks provided by the SCCD and artist hosts.

The RFP and more details can be found at springfieldculture.org/artistresources. Any questions can be forwarded to Drewniany at [email protected] or (413) 454-1195.

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