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9/19/2016 - 2017 Smoky HIll River Festival Call for Installation and Performance Projects

Grace Peterson, Visual Arts Coordinator

Stacy Ash, Entertainment Coordinator

(785) 309-5770


Salina Arts & Humanities invite you to bring your creative concepts to life at the Smoky Hill River Festival!  This highly anticipated multi-disciplinary Festival of the Arts retains its reputation as one of the Midwest’s most extraordinary cultural events!  Historic Oakdale Park provides the perfect setting for a myriad of projects, performances, juried art, craft and installations, offering enriching opportunities and exchange between artists and community.

Propose a project that will engage the Festival audience – capturing imaginations through sight, sound, thought, touch or other artistic interaction.  Projects should respond to the spirit of community celebration, the need for audience accessibility, the scale of their surroundings, and the aesthetic qualities of the park’s natural landscape and architecture.  Proposals may be submitted by an individual artist or artist team.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Artwork or performances must be original, created or adapted for the Festival, with purchase and reproduction rights reserved by the Smoky Hill River Festival and credits as agreed upon by both parties.  Proposals will be reviewed and selections will be based on artistic merit and potential for public interaction.


Visual Art Installations and Pre-Festival Workshops:
These projects and installations set this Festival apart from all others, celebrating the power of our individual and collective creativity.  From large-scale sculptural installations to interactive projects that engage people of all ages. There are numerous possible sites located in and around Oakdale Park for the temporary placement of sculpture, murals, mobiles, and interactive projects.  Pedestrian bridges, existing architectural and garden elements, a canopy of trees, grassy landscape, and the river itself, offer unlimited opportunities for inspiration and creative exploration.    Artworks must be structurally sound; designed to function in sun, rain, or wind.  Nearly 60,000 people attend the Festival each year.  Safety in design and installation is a key consideration with the number of attendees and potential scope of public interaction with the artworks.  Artists are responsible for supervision and maintenance of the artwork during installation and are to be on-site periodically throughout the Festival weekend. 

Performance-Based Projects:
There are numerous possible sites located in and around Oakdale Park for audience interaction in a variety of disciplines.  Our audiences range in age from 2 to 92!  Successful Performance Projects are ceremonial in nature; incorporates performance art elements, highly visual or visually unusual, versatile, engaging and encourage accessibility

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For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Friday Night Live performance series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.