Open Call

Snug Harbor has been a springboard for visual and performing artists since the 1970’s through artist residencies and opportunities to incubate new work. We support emerging and established artists from all over NYC and the region, and at times international artists. Two 19th-century cottages transform into live/work accommodations with access to dance studios, studio space, gardens and grounds. Additionally, the Snug Harbor Studio Program provides long-term studio rentals for visual artists, musicians and creatives in buildings across the campus.

Porch Plays Open Call

OPEN CALL DEADLINE: September 15, 2021 at 9:00 AM

PERFORMANCE DATE: PORCH PLAYS FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 9, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (RAIN DATE: OCTOBER 16, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

TO APPLY

https://forms.gle/XwUvaPGbgk9ypfmw8

OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking submissions for new or existing pieces between 15 to 20 minutes long in theater, dance, storytelling, music, and performance art that explore the themes of: change and persistence in the face of adversity. As a guide, we offer the following questions as prompts:

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is excited to announce an open call for submissions to participate in the upcoming Porch Plays Festival, a project that explores the “porch/front stoop” and its role in community building and storytelling. Porches and stoops are unique transitional spaces that encapsulate both public and private life. They are informal meeting grounds for families, neighbors, and friends. The porch has played an essential role as a communal space in American society dating back to the 19th century and has seen a renaissance in the age of COVID-19.

Porch Plays emerges out of the upheaval of the pandemic and the urgency against racial and social injustice permeating across the country. At a time when we have been unable to be together, we’ve managed to experience the ingenuity and adaptability of the human spirit. This moment allows for the return to a different kind of community connection: through socially distant bonds on Zoom, and beyond on porches and stoops, in backyards and parks, and in protests. As we reopen our city, we come together in new and reimagined ways that demonstrate our community’s enduring resilience. This shift from reopening to resiliency is an opportunity to examine the creative ways we can be together and how these connections spark solace, laughter, and survival.

Porch Plays seeks to cultivate stories from Staten Island and NYC communities in creative response to these pivotal current global events. This project will culminate in a day-long festival to be presented on and around the porch of Cottage C, an iconic 19th-century cottage on the west side of Snug Harbor’s dynamic campus. The Porch Plays Festival will center and prioritize the artistry of historically marginalized communities, namely artists who identify as African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA), LGBTQ+, and artists with disabilities. Artists who do not identify as such are welcome to apply.

  • How have you experienced collective and/or self-transformation over the past 18-months?
  • How do you endure in the face of adversity?
  • Where do you go to seek solace and peace?
  • What does resilience look like to you?

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • This call is free and open to all NYC-based performing artists working in theater, dance, storytelling, music, and performance art
  • All submissions must connect to the theme of change and persistence in the face of adversity outlined in this open call. Please review the prompts and theme before submitting
  • All submissions must include a work sample of the piece you wish to present. This could be a rough draft of a new piece or idea, or of a piece you’ve already developed that connects to the themes. Your work sample does not have to be a finished product.
  • Only one submission per applicant
  • Due to the size of the porch and to stay within COVID-19 occupancy guidelines, we can only accept pieces that feature 1-4 performers. All performances will take place on and/or around the porch of Cottage C on the grounds of Snug Harbor, adhering to COVID-19 guidelines
  • In compliance with Executive Order 225 from the Mayor’s Office, any visitor that enters Snug Harbor’s offices or indoor spaces must provide proof of their vaccination status and must wear a face covering at all times when indoors. Any visitor that is on Snug Harbor’s grounds must wear a face covering when six feet distance cannot be maintained. All participants within this project must provide proof of vaccination.

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

  • All selected projects will be offered dramaturgical support in the form of 1 30-minute session with a member of the creative team
  • All selected projects will be offered 12-hours of rehearsal space at Snug Harbor leading up to the performance. This includes access to the performance area as well as the dance studios and Carpenter’s Shop. All requests must be submitted no less than 48-hours in advance. Rehearsal space is contingent upon availability.
  • All selected projects will be offered photo and video documentation of their performance
  • All selected projects will receive $100.00 per performer (due to space limitations and Covid-19 precautions, all pieces are limited to no more than 4 performers)

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

  • All submissions are for performances between 15-20-minutes
  • All submissions must be suitable for intimate, small spaces featuring no more than 4 performers in a given piece. Selected applicants are responsible for casting their piece and should adhere to social distancing guidelines in rehearsals and performance
  • All submissions must be suitable for low-tech performance. We will provide basic sound and tech.
  • This open call will center and prioritize the artistry of historically marginalized communities, namely artists who identify as African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA), LGBTQ+, and artists with disabilities. Artists who do not identify as such are also welcome to apply.
  • We encourage both new and existing original work. It must connect to the theme and prompts of change and persistence in the face of adversity outlined above. You are welcome and encouraged to submit a submission for new/work-in-progress projects that are prompted by the themes of change and persistence in the face of adversity outlined above.

Please note: all selected projects are required to participate in a tech/dress rehearsal scheduled the week of the performance.

Porch Plays is made possible with the generous support of Con Edison’s Arts al Fresco initiative and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

LOCATION PHOTOS, DIMENSIONS, and SCHEMATIC

TIMELINE

  • Applications are due by 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 15, 2021
  • The Porch Plays Festival will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2021 between 11-6pm

For questions regarding the application process or open call, please contact Jahtiek Long, Porch Plays Festival Event Coordinator at porchplaysfestival@gmail.com

ABOUT SNUG HARBOR

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in the United States. It consists of 26 historical buildings, numerous distinctive botanical gardens and 10 acres of wetlands on a unique 83-acre campus. Formerly Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished arts center where history, architecture, visual/performing arts and environmental science provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor’s campus is home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and Staten Island Museum. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.

Snug Harbor celebrates and commits to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.  We value and seek the strengths of human variety across communities, in programming, with staff, the Board of Directors, volunteers, artists and visitors. Snug Harbor strives to build a culture of diversity of voice and representation, and authentically inclusive spaces and equity for all.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is located on Staten Island’s North Shore. Easily reachable via public transportation, Snug Harbor is a 10-minute bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry. For more information, please visit: https://snug-harbor.org/visit/directions/

ARTISTIC VISION

Snug Harbor is a springboard for artistry that is bold and unexpected, which reflects and celebrates the vibrant diversity of Staten Island. Our programs explore collaborative and interdisciplinary connections between the historical, cultural and environmental aspects of our campus. Snug Harbor is Staten Island’s leading incubator for arts and cultural production.

MISSION STATEMENT

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden’s (“Snug Harbor”) mission is to provide a vibrant, regional cultural destination that offers dynamic programming in arts, education, horticulture, agriculture, and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages while ensuring a well-managed campus for all residents of Staten Island and surrounding communities.