Seeking to actively encourage a dialogue on racial-equity through art, the San Ramon Social Justice Collective is seeking local artists to submit their original work for its summer art series "Breathing Free Together."
Open to any resident in the San Ramon Valley with submissions due no later than March 7, Breathing Free Together will showcase accepted artwork via a series of banners on public banners on display in prominent locations throughout the city.
Artwork must fall within the themes that connect with the heart of the Black Lives Matter Movement, and seek to advance the community's dedication to racial equity, healing, social-justice and harmony.
“The Breathing Free Together art project has a unique way of moving the needle forward by encouraging dialogue on racial equity and justice," said Beverly Kumar Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commissioner. "It gives a platform for those who feel voiceless, leading to healing through collaboration and understanding, a true service to the community. Public art should reflect the community around it, and represent the hopes and lives of all community members.”
Submitted artwork must be original pieces and fall within the theme of “Breathing Free Together,” specific emphasis on social justice themes are also strongly encouraged.
All forms of visual artwork submissions are welcome, including paintings, drawings, photographs and digitally created graphic art pieces, however it should also be created on paper sized approximately 12 inches by 17 inches to fit the banners.
Artists 13 years and older -- artists under 18-years-old need adult permission to submit work -- may choose to hand-paint a copy of their artwork in acrylic onto vinyl banners. Young artists who are interested in this option will need to submit hand-painted artwork. Computer-generated submissions will only be considered for digital re-printing onto vinyl banners.
Coalition members also noted that children of all ages will view this exhibit and submissions including hate speech, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence will be excluded from public and online displays.
“I hope this project will reflect that we don’t have to isolate ourselves because it’s uncomfortable. We can get into those uncomfortable spaces and have the conversations through art. If we open up dialogue we can embrace our differences and bring our community closer together,” said Tiana Day, founder of Youth Advocates for Change.
Artwork selected will be celebrated during a special inaugural celebration tentatively scheduled to be held this summer in San Ramon. Banners will be flown at various prominent locations in San Ramon including schools, with individual banners being transported to various locations throughout the city.
Submissions for Breathing Free Together are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 7. Residents can submit artwork and learn more about submission guidelines online at https://tinyurl.com/yyabhxl8.