Orlando Issues Call For Black History Month Artists

ORLANDO — Attention, Central Florida artists: the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall is awaiting artwork to become part of the city’s celebration of Black History Month.

The office of Mayor Buddy Dyer just issued a Call For Artists, inviting visual artists who live in the city to submit artwork to be displayed in the Terrace Gallery as part of Orlando’s celebration of Black History Month, which runs from Feb. 1 to March 1.

This display will run even longer, from Feb. 2 to March 31.

Why Did The City Issue a Call To Artists?

Orlando Issues Call For Black History Month Artists

As the city noted, art remains a focal part of African American history in the U.S.

“Art is an intrinsic part of Black heritage and culture and this year’s theme,” the city noted in a news release. The theme ofs the Terrace Gallery display will be “African Americans and the Arts,” which the city noted “presents an opportunity for local artists to showcase African American history and celebrate the many lasting contributions Black Americans have had on visual arts, performing arts, literature, film, music and cultural movements. The exhibit is part of the city’s Black History Month events in February and furthers Orlando’s continued efforts to create a more equitable, inclusive community for all residents.”

What Is The Criteria for Submissions?

Submissions can be emailed to the Office of Multicultural Affairs at multiculturalaffairs@orlando.gov.  The city is asking that each submission include:

  • Artist full name and desired name to be used in the artwork labels. 
  • Artist biography or resume. 
  • Artist e-mail and telephone number. 
  • Photos of a minimum of five pieces of artwork in JPG format. (Artwork related to African American culture and experience is recommended.) 
  • Descriptions about each piece of artwork. 
  • Each submission must be labeled with:
    • Name of artist 
    • Art title 
    • Year created 
    • Measurements 
    • Medium

The city is looking for artwork that is appropriate for the theme of celebrating Black History Month, and “The artist must have the ability to clearly communicate concepts both visually and clearly through written material,” the city noted. “The artist must have a professional history of being able to work cooperatively and finish projects on time.”

The artists who get selected will be notified via email, and informed about the date and time to deliver their pieces to City Hall.  To learn more about the Call To Artists, contact Luis M. Martinez, manager of the Multicultural Affairs Office, at 407.246.3211 or email him at luis.martinez@orlando.gov. 

Black History Month is an annual event that celebrates achievements by African Americans and their role in American history, and it is also a part of African American History Month. This event has been celebrated every year since 1976, and is also celebrated in other countries including Canada and England.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book A Christmas Eve Story. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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