Within/Without :: Windows to an Inclusive Future
An Art Exhibition of Temporary Site-Specific Installations
 Project Description 

The Arroyo Arts Collective invites artists to participate in Within/Without :: Windows to an Inclusive Future, a juried visual exhibition of site-specific, temporary installations located outdoors of the Audubon Center in Debs Park, in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. For this call, artists are invited to utilize a repurposed window or frame to explore the topic of inclusivity. How do you envision a future that is inclusive, where the “other” is no longer marginalized, and where differing opinions are not silenced or censored?

Project Parameters
  • Works should utilize a window, frame or mirror. The reuse/re-purposing of materials is highly encouraged. Potential places to source reusable materials include Craigslist, Facebook Buy Nothing, thrift stores, or friends and family!
  • Dimensions of window or frame should be no larger than 36” x 36”. Elements of the artwork may extend beyond the confines of the frame, within reason.
  • Artworks may be designed to hang or be displayed on the ground. Those that are meant to hang must not exceed 10 lbs. in weight.
  • Artists are expected to do their own installation; AAC and the curators are available to discuss installation needs. The curators will be on site for guidance on installation day.
  • Artwork will be on view in a public, outdoor location and materials must not include any items that are sharp, toxic or otherwise hazardous to those who use the park – including hikers, children, and animals. Installed works must not block trails or walkways.
  • AAC and the curators will assign a suggested installation location for each accepted submission. A sample of some possible locations are viewable at this link. For mock-ups of installation locations and types, click this link.
  • Please keep in mind that the installation will be outdoors and subject to weather and the elements.
  • As the Audubon Center is first and foremost an open space that wildlife depends upon, it is important for artists to minimize any disturbance to the space. Intrusive activities such as digging or the introduction of non-native or invasive plant or animal species is not allowed. Because of the delicate balance of the ecosystems within the park, Audubon Center staff will preview all proposals.
Proposal Submission Process

There is no entry fee, but any artist chosen to exhibit MUST BE A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE ARROYO ARTS COLLECTIVE. To become a member, visit www.arroyoartscollective.org, click on the JOIN link, and use PayPal. Or, provide your name, address, email, and phone number, and a check for $25 and mail to The Arroyo Arts Collective, PO Box 50835, York Station, Highland Park CA 90050. Membership dues support this and future programming.

Interested artists are asked to submit the following no later than March 15, 2023:

1. Artist C.V. or résumé
2. Project Description including materials, construction methods, dimensions, and how the work relates to the topic of inclusivity. Optional: You may include the location of the proposed site if you have a specific location at Debs Park in mind. If so, we ask you to please provide two locations (a first choice, and an alternative). Proposed location must be near the Audubon Center building, in the main courtyard, Children’s Woodland, or Butterfly Loop.
3. Sketch (digital or hand-drawn) of proposed installation.
4. 3-5 samples of previous work
5. Links to artist’s website or socials, if any

Honoraria of $300 will be awarded to artists whose proposals are selected. Selected artists are encouraged to include in their proposal any ideas they may have about leading a workshop, talk or other public activity that relates to the exhibition.

Artists are encouraged to visit and explore the park; admission is free. The park is located at: 4700 North Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031. For hours and more information, visit http://audubondebspark.org,

Submit your proposal HERE.

For more information or questions contact us at: arroyoartscollective@gmail.com (subject line: Within/Without)

Submissions Deadline:                  Wednesday, March 15
Notification of Acceptance:            Monday, March 20
Installation of Artwork:                   Saturday, May 6
Opening Reception:                      Saturday, May 13 (Bird Day LA)
Closing Reception:                        Sunday, June 11

For more information or questions contact us at: arroyoartscollective@gmail.com

This project is being developed in partnership with Edith and Jolly de Guzman. Edith and Jolly are artists living and working in Los Angeles and are co-founders of the online art gallery and art+travel blog dearantler.com, where they share their love of life, beauty, nature and art through interpretation in various media. Their work tackles the relationship between humans and the environment.

Arroyo Arts Collective: Established in 1989 as a community organization of artists, writers and performers who live and work in Northeast Los Angeles, the mission of the Arroyo Arts Collective is to develop and present creative events that educate while fostering an awareness of the artistic vitality which exists in northeast Los Angeles. http://arroyoartscollective.org/

Audubon Center at Debs Park: The Center’s mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. Located in a wildlife corridor for migratory birds, Debs Park is a haven for 138 species of birds. Its nature-based education and community programs are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world, and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives. The Center is operated by Audubon California, a state field program of National Audubon Society, and is a vital part of Audubon’s national outreach initiative to engage Latino audiences. http://audubondebspark.org

Within/Without :: Windows to an Inclusive Future is made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This programming is presented in partnership with the Audubon Center at Debs Park and Dearantler.