Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meow Wolf encouraging Colorado artists to contribute to upcoming Denver installation

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 8:56 AM

click to enlarge COURTESY GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Courtesy Griffin Swartzell
Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based DIY arts collective whose multi-media, interactive installation has garnered international attention and revenue to match, announced in January its plans to create a massive Denver installation to open in 2020. Since then, details have trickled out about Meow Wolf's plans to, among other things, commit to 90 percent ADA accessibility, contract with minority- and women-owned businesses as often as possible, and support the surrounding community rather than bulldoze or gentrify it.

However, local artists will be pleased to know that Meow Wolf has made one more exciting commitment: 40 percent of their 60,000 square feet of exhibition space will be devoted to Colorado artists. Naturally, the next question you might be asking is how to get involved.

To demystify the process of applying to contribute to Meow Wolf, the organization will be hosting two workshops and open call sessions, with Meow Wolf co-founders and creative directors present to help artists of all kinds figure out how best to propose their own ideas. These sessions require no commitment, but are rather meant to offer guidance should artists decide to pursue submitting a proposal to the organization. 
And Meow Wolf remains open-minded to fresh perspectives. “Whether a single sculptural object, a full room installation, video and new media content, or a brilliant story — they want to see it all. So, submit your brilliant idea(s),” reads the Facebook event for our local Colorado Springs session.

Denver sessions will be held at Steam on the Platte on Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m., and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. The Colorado Springs session will be held Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. at S.P.Q.R. A future session (date TBD) will be held in Aurora.

Interested artists should RSVP on the Meow Wolf website for the Denver sessions, and contact Meow Wolf to RSVP to the Colorado Springs session.

On Oct. 5, the proposal materials will become available online for anyone who can't attend a workshop.

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