Artists in the Quad Cities area are invited to participate in an art awareness project in conjunction with Family Resources Opening Doors Gala, a great event that will be held this year on April 12 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.
The deadline for entries is April 1, 2013.
Artists are asked to submit works in any medium that bring awareness to the issue of family crisis, children in crisis, domestic violence and family violence using the central themes of opening doors, safe places, hope and/or new beginnings. We’re not insisting on many details other than that – we’re interested to see how artists will interpret these themes.
Art works must be delivered to Family Resources at 2800 Eastern Avenue by April 1 for display at the Opening Doors Gala. There are a few things artists will be asked to agree to:
- Artists will agree that the art will be displayed publicly at the Gala and also at the Venus Envy event at the Bucktown Center on May 3-4.
- The art will then be part of a traveling exhibit that will be displayed in various places throughout the community for the following year.
- At the end of the year, the art may be returned to the artist or auctioned/raffled at the Gala event in 2014.
The Opening Doors Gala is an important event for our organization. It’s an emotional evening. Last year, area students designed and painted doors, each with messages and images that really moved people. We’re excited to see how local artists interpret the theme this year. For our 2013 event, the art is not restricted to doors.
Last year’s event – including the student art and items donated by caring donors and businesses that sold at auction – generated around $75,000 in revenue. The event in 2012 benefited our Domestic Violence Shelter, but the focus is now expanding to assist all of our programs and services for women, children and families.
Artists seeking more details on the art awareness project may call us at (563) 468-2140.