Fair Verona Festivals – Call to Artists

Do you have an idea that allows you to creatively engage with your local community?

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) invites artists from all disciplines to apply for Fair Verona, three open-air festivals that will transform some of Boston’s most cherished parks and local communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core.

Fair Verona, part of Shakespeare OFF the Common, will encourage participation through interactive outdoor arts activities,build community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize the local economy. CSC has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs in Boston to curate Fair Verona Festivals, which will focus on different themes from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and will be hosted by the following Boys & Girls Clubs:

• Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
West End House Boys & Girls Club (105 Allston Street, Allston, MA 02134)
At Ringer Park exploring “Recklessness vs. Responsibility”

• Saturday, July 11, 2015, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Blue Hill Club (15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124)
At Harambee Park exploring “Family Dynamics”

• Friday, July 17, 2015, 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Yawkey Club of Roxbury (115 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119)
At the baseball field exploring “Fate and Free Will”

Based on these themes, Fair Verona Festival will have a rotating mainstage, featuring a one-hour version of Romeo & Juliet performed by CSC2, CSC’s early career
acting company. Alongside the mainstage, each festival will have tents and
booths showcasing your work.

Submit your proposals for an opportunity to participate in this innovative event. We
will highlight performances and displays, workshops in the visual and performing
arts, and interactive outdoor activities, including, but not limited to: mask making,
painting, drawing, drum circle, dancing, fight choreography, improvisation, theater
games, and more. Artists should indicate whether or not they are applying for a slot
on the mainstage or at an adjoining booth. Help fill the neighborhood with your
artistic vision!

Fair Verona Festivals are free and open to the public. All artist proposals should
relate to the theme of the day and be geared towards an audience of all ages.
The application deadline is March 1, 2015. Artists will be notified via email by March
15, 2015. Applicants selected for Fair Verona Festivals will be given an artist fee.
Please visit http://commshakes.org/learn/Shakespeare-OFF-the-Common to submit
your proposal.
Questions? Contact Marissa Friedman, CSC’s Community Engagement Coordinator,
at mfriedman@commshakes.org.
Funding for Shakespeare OFF the Common has been provided in part by the
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant program.

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