Call for Entry: Our Words Will Be Heard

Exhibition on view April 18 - May 2018
Modell-Lyric Theater, Baltimore, MD
Deadline for submission: February 28, 2018

Our Words Will Be Heard is an exhibition planned in conjunction with Rising Up a pilot education program for middle school students at the Modell-Lyric theater. The program asks Baltimore middle school students to create their own lyric narratives that will tell personal stories expressing their perspectives on life. The program led by Modell-Lyric theater Director of Education, Denise Kumani Gantt was inspired by the following quote that was also the inspiration for the title of the concurrent visual arts exhibition: 

When we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive 

~from a Litany for Survival, Audre Lorde

At a time when people are being silenced, the arts provide an opportunity to speak out. It is only through the rising up of all voices that true equilibrium and harmony can be achieved.

This exhibition, curated by Sarah McCann, asks artists to create or submit pieces of artwork that express why speaking up and being heard is important, as well as sharing artists' own stories related to being silenced and rising up against that silencing. McCann often includes student work in her exhibitions alongside professional artists, which is why she was excited about collaborating with Rising Up. Young people may not have decades of technical experience to draw on, but their innovative ideas and thoughts about how to improve our communities are important perspectives to include in dialogue about transformation and the future. Several artists selected to be included in the exhibition will work with students to create visual work to be included in the exhibition alongside the professional artists' pieces.

To submit work for consideration in this exhibition, e-mail the following to by February 28, 2018.

1. Contact information:

  • Name
  • E-mail
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address

2. Images of 1-3 pieces of artwork (submission fee is $5/image), image files should be:

  • in jpeg format
  • titled as follows: Lastname_Number, i.e. McCann_1.jpg
  • 600 pixels high 

3. Image list, including:

  • title
  • dimensions
  • media
  • date created

4. Artist statement about how artwork relates to the theme of the exhibition

5. Artist Bio

6. Website (optional)

7. Receipt number for payment of the submission fee - payment can be made through the paypal button below.

Pay Submission Fee

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