Call for Artists — Cardboard City


reDiscover Center seeks proposals from artists and makers working in the Los Angeles area for inclusion in Cardboard City, a 2 month temporary exhibition and creative arts space on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, to create cardboard-based art. There are two options for participating artists:

• Exhibiting Artworks
• 4 Day Artist Residency

Cardboard City seeks to inspire visiting families to participate in art making and explore the connections between creativity and sustainability. Artists whose work deals with themes related to reuse, environment, sustainability, and STEM are particularly encouraged to apply. Artists currently working in other media are welcome to apply and take on the challenge of using cardboard as a medium.

The cardboard-based work will be exhibited July 8-August 29, with an option to include in the art auction at the Cardboard City Gala on August 26. Artist is responsible to transport and, if unsold, pick up of work. In very limited circumstances, reDiscover can arrange for transportation, upon request.

Residency project will take place Thursday-Sunday during public hours, 12:00-6:00 PM. Multi-week residency proposals will be considered.

We seek artists who are interested in sharing their work for the public’s benefit, particularly inspiring diverse youth. This could include: sharing messages for social / environmental benefit, utilizing public contribution to work, or incorporating public feedback into an ongoing conversation among the artist, the artwork, and the public.

An honorarium of $500 and use of the facility for a final exhibit/presentation is offered to the successful applicants.

The artists will have access to the tools and cardboard at the Cardboard City space. Additional tools may be available (let us know what you have in mind!)

All resident artists working in Cardboard City during public hours are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of their residency. Upon acceptance, artists are required to enter into a signed program agreement and attend a safety training. Safety first.

Cardboard City offers artists:
• Visibility to as many as 100,000 visitors and potentially 1 million+ online and onlooker views
• Space for resident artists to work on site and access to a wide range of types of cardboard and various cardboard cutting and forming tools
• Convenient location. Located three blocks from the Expo line with easy alley access and adjacent parking.
• Volunteer assistants and potentially thousands of community members contributing to collective artworks

The residency is open to all artists, artisans and makers who reside or exhibit in Los Angeles County. Artist teams will be considered; partnerships and groups should apply through one coordinating member. All forms of artistic production will be considered in application but the residency focus is cardboard.

All eligible applications are evaluated by a panel of arts professionals, which rates and selects the final awardees according the following criteria:

• Quality of previous work
• Exhibiting Artist: Applicants submission
• Resident Artist: Applicant’s proposed plan for the residency period
• Suitability of the artist’s practice for the space.

Notification of the selected resident will take place the week of June 14, 2021. Installation of exhibited artworks will take place between June 14 and July 7, 2021.

If you have a unique idea or project that can be realized with cardboard we want to hear from you!

Apply Now


Expires: 2021-06-11


reDiscover Center


Los Angeles


1231 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401


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