Arts & Culture Opportunities in the City of Moscow, ID

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Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Since its beginning in 2004, the event has become a highlight of the Palouse by celebrating the wealth of artistic practice in the region. The 2022-2023 Moscow Artwalk season includes visual, literary, performance, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The season finale on June 15, 2023 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and performance art on Main Street.

Monthly Host
Monthly host registration is available to all businesses and non-profits each month throughout the season. Hosts are invited to feature up to 5 visual, performing, culinary, or literary listings by selecting the Monthly Host registration type.

Season Host
New this year, businesses and non-profits were invited to sign up prior to September 16, 2022 for the entire 2022-2023 Artwalk Season. Pre-registered Season Hosts may enter Arts listings on a monthly basis by selecting the Season Host registration type.

Registration is open through February 7 at 5 p.m.

Arts Staff will deliver event posters, artwork title cards, and flyers to each host location prior to the event. Registration includes social media posts promoting 3rd Thursday Artwalk, so keep an eye out for these posts in the week leading up to the event. Share these social media posts to connect with an even broader audience!

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This online resource connects the public with visual, literary, and performing artists and is a valuable resource for the community. Sharing your contact information is not required to be included in this Directory, though providing some details will help the public connect with you. 

Project Description
The City of Moscow invites artists to submit designs for vinyl-wrap installations on traffic signal boxes. Artworks featured on vinyl-wrapped boxes have been a part of the City of Moscow’s temporary public art collection since 2012. This project provides public space for artists to share their two-dimensional work with the public, and beautifies street fixtures throughout the community. Each year, a selection panel chooses several artworks to be displayed at locations throughout Moscow for a period of up to 5 years. These works are enjoyed by Moscow’s visitors and residents alike, and have become a cherished element of the visual landscape.


Artists are invited to submit one full-size design for consideration. Design must be scaled to fit the dimensions of a specific box (see the Site Details) and artists are encouraged to visit the site location prior to submitting a design. 


The traffic signal boxes are in the following locations:

  • Water Reclamation & Reuse Facility, 2221 Pullman Rd.
  • 6th & Jackson
  • 3rd & Jackson
  • 3rd & Washington
  • 6th & Washington


Eligibility
This call is open to artists 18 years-of-age or older who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed.

Project Timeline (subject to change)
Submission Period: January 17 - February 24, 2023
Artwork Selection: March 2023
Artwork Installation: April - June 2023


Honorarium and Image Use Agreement

  1. Selected artists will complete an Image Use Agreement releasing artwork for display at the specified location for up to five years.
  2. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $700 upon completion of the Image Use Agreement.
  3. The City of Moscow will incur all costs related to installation.

Submission Requirements

  1. Please submit one full-size design scaled to fit the dimensions of a specific box. (See the Site Details).
  2. For Selection Panel review: Submit a JPEG file of the design at 72 DPI
  3. For printing of final artwork: Submit an EPS file of the design at a minimum of 100 DPI in CMYK. All fonts must be converted to outlines/curves or all text layers must be rasterized.
  4. Artists who need help with file preparation can consider hiring a local graphic design firm.
  5. Artist submissions will only be accepted online via Submittable. Emailed or hand delivered submissions will not be considered by the selection panel.

Selection Process
The Selection Panel will select designs based on the works’ alignment with the artwork description above. The Selection Panel will be comprised of the following:
Voting members:

  • 1 – Moscow Arts Commission Member
  • 2 – Local Business Representatives
  • 1 – Technical Consultant
  • 1 – City Staff Member

Non-voting members:

  • Arts Manager (Selection Panel facilitator)
  • City staff members acting in a technical advisory capacity


Selection Criteria
1. Conceptual Quality and Originality

  • The artist presents a compelling concept.
  • The proposed design is original to the presenting artist.

2. Form

  • The proposed design reveals mastery of formal craftsmanship.
  • The colors used, if any, are chosen with an awareness of local educational institutions as well as their athletic rivals.
  • The design files are prepared according to stated parameters and are scaled to fit the specific locations stated in the RFP.

3. Content and Context

  • The artwork’s subject matter and content is appropriate for public exhibition and
    does not contain advertising, religious references, sexual content, negative imagery, or convey political partisanship.
  • The content of the proposed design is relevant to the City of Moscow’s values,
    culture, and people.
  • The proposed design reflects the architectural, historical, geographical, geological, and socio-cultural context of the site.
  • The proposed design serves to visually activate or enhance the location.

Site Details            
Please click here to review the Site Details.

 

Tiny Poem Workshop: Saturday, February 11, 2023

Workshop Description

Make a tiny poem with Moscow Poet Laureate, Stacy Boe Miller! Workshop participants will learn strategies for creating poetry and will go home with a button featuring a poem of their own. This workshop is presented free-of-charge to participants 13 years-of-age or older. Support for this workshop comes from the Moscow Arts Commission, City of Moscow, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Instructor
Stacy Boe Miller has been a resident of Moscow for over ten years. She holds an MFA from the University of Idaho. She has both nonfiction and poetry published in several journals, and she teaches poetry workshops annually in several, local schools.

Her work is featured at www.stacyboemiller.com

Learn more about the Moscow Poet Laureate program at: https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/217/Poet-Laureate

Important Dates

Jan 9 – Feb 6        Registration Period Open

Feb 11                      10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshop in Council Chambers inside Moscow City Hall

Registration Requirements

  • Participants may register as a group or individually.
  • All registrations will require contact information for the primary contact as well as the name and age of each participant included in the registration.
  • Youth registrations will require the signature of a parent or guardian.


Megan Cherry
Arts Manager
206 East Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
208.883.7036
mcherry@ci.moscow.id.us

Amy Petit
Administrative Specialist
206 East Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
208.883.7000 ext. 7204
apetit@ci.moscow.id.us

Project Description
The City of Moscow invites artists to submit designs for mobile mini-murals on sign stands, to be placed near highly-visible storm drain inlets. This project provides public space for artists to share their two-dimensional artwork with the public, and beautifies street fixtures throughout the community. Up to two selected artists will install hand-painted murals or provide designs for vinyl installation on City-provided sign blanks to communicate the function of our City’s storm sewer system and its connection to local streams. The murals will be on display for two to four years.

Like many cities, the City of Moscow’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) flows directly into local waterways, including Paradise Creek. Paradise Creek and the South Fork of the Palouse River are listed as impaired waterbodies by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. In October 2019, the City was issued a Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System MS4 permit by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This permit gives the City legal authority to discharge surface water into our local receiving waters. It also lays out specific requirements that the City of Moscow must meet to maintain compliance with its provisions. As part of one of these requirements, Moscow is required to conduct Public Education and Outreach activities. Stormwater murals are a way to meet portions of this provision in a way that engages the community, aligns with the City’s commitment to the Arts, and supports local artists.

Stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots, and other impervious surface areas, does not go to the Water Reuse & Reclamation Facility for treatment like sanitary sewage does. The water, and whatever it carries, can affect the water quality of our local streams and rivers, as well as those downstream. Things like trash, cigarette butts, sediment, nutrients from fertilizer and dog waste, oil, paint, etc. can degrade water quality and habitat for aquatic life. Successful submissions will be those that address the impact that stormwater has on the ecosystem as well as communicating the shared responsibility to protect precious resource

Eligibility
This call is open to youth and adult artists who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed.

Project Timeline (subject to change)
January 30 – March 9, 2023    Submission Period
March 2023                                Artwork Selection, Notification, and Agreements
May 1, 2023                                Finished Artworks Delivered

Honorarium, Sales Information, and Loan Agreement
1. Selected artists will complete an Art Purchase Agreement.

2. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $300 upon completion of the artwork.

3. The City of Moscow will incur all costs related to sign stands, 36” x 18”aluminum sign substrates, surface preparation, and protective clear coat. The City will also provide exterior-grade acrylic paints for the artists’ use, though the artist will be responsible for providing all other tools and supplies.

4. A variety of promotions such as press releases, social media posts, and educational events will follow the completion of the murals. Artists may be called upon for media events such as interviews or photo opportunities.

Submission Requirements
1. Artwork submissions will be accepted via Submittable, the City’s online submission management system. No emailed or hand-delivered submissions will be accepted.

2. Artists may submit up to three separate designs for consideration.

3. Each design submission must be presented approximately to the scale of the 36” x 18” sign.

4. Submit JPEG file(s) of each design at 72 DPI.

5. At the time of submission, artists will select either hand-painted or vinyl installation of their design. In the instance that a selected design is hand-painted, the artist must use paint materials provided by the City. Designs intended for installation in vinyl will require a full-size EPS file at time of submission.

Selection Process
The Selection Panel will select designs based on the works’ alignment with the criteria below. Selection processes will be facilitated by Arts staff, and the Moscow Arts Commission will identify a selection panel to be comprised of the following voting members:

1 – Moscow Arts Commission Member 1 – City of Moscow Public Works & Services staff member

1 – Local Business Representative       1 – Arts Community Member


Selection Criteria
1. Formal & Conceptual Quality

  • The artist presents a compelling concept.
  • The proposed design is original to the presenting artist.

2. Content & Context

  • The artwork’s subject matter and content is appropriate for public exhibition and
    does not contain advertising, religious references, sexual content, negative imagery,
    or convey political partisanship.
  • The content of the proposed design is relevant to the City of Moscow’s values,
    culture, and people.
  • The proposed design communicates the function of the City’s storm sewer system.


Site Details
The City of Moscow will install the 36” x 18”mobile mini-murals on sign stands and place them initially at the following intersections:

  • 2nd & Main in front of Farmers Insurance
  • 4th & Main in Friendship Square

The mobile nature of these pieces will allow them to be moved to different locations to create a sense of variety and renewed interest in the mobile mini-mural collection as it grows.

Please click here to review the Site Details.

2nd & Main St.

2023 Storm Drain Mural Site - 2nd and Main St. 

4th & Main St.

2023 Storm Drain Mural Site - 4th & Main St. 


Ends on This opportunity will close after 17 submissions have been received.

The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season. 

Jury Timeline 

  • 9:00 a.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 9:50 a.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 10:00 a.m. – Judging commences
  • 11:45 a.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market

Ends on This opportunity will close after 15 submissions have been received.

The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season.
Jury Timeline

  • 9:00 a.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 9:50 a.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 10:00 a.m. – Judging commences
  • 11:45 a.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market


Ends on This opportunity will close after 15 submissions have been received.

The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season.
Jury Timeline

  • 3:00 p.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 3:50 p.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 4:00 p.m. – Judging commences
  • 5:45 p.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 6:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market


Obsession
EXHIBITION: April 20 – July 7, 2023
RECEPTION:  April 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Obsession, in its most transcendent form, represents devotion to an object of attention. It’s a fixation, a firm anchor that facilitates exploration. Artists often use an obsessive return to the familiar in order to study the self as a variable. In Obsession at the Third Street Gallery, artists present works made with repetitive marks, methods, materials, and a reverent preoccupation with ritual.

Obsession will be juried by artist and Washington State University assistant professor David Janssen Jr.


About the Juror
David Janssen Jr. is an artist and educator from Cass City, Michigan. Exhibiting work nationally for the past several years, he has continued to sharpen his attention to painting and its complicated relationship to typography. Many of his works develop from the confessions offered in spaces that are often scrolled past or ignored; including social media comments and personal creative writings. David currently serves as Scholarly Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Website: https://www.davidjanssenjr.com/

Instagram:   @djanssenjr


Important Dates
January 4 - March 9, 2023       Submission Period Open
March 13 - 30, 2023                  Jury Process and Artist Notifications
April 11 - 12, 2023                       Artwork Drop-off (Artworks that arrive after April 12 will not be exhibited)
April 13 -14, 17, 2023                  Installation
April 20, 2023                            Artist Reception
April 20 - July 7, 2023               Exhibition Open: Gallery Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
July 10, 2023                              Artwork Pick Up


Eligibility
This call is open to artists residing in the United States. The gallery can accommodate most media with the exception of video and sound-based works. There are installation parameters unique to the gallery space inside the historic building, however, so please see the presentation requirements below.


Submission Requirements
Artist contact information, biography, artist statement, & website/social links.
Up to 3 artworks (no size restrictions)
Inventory information for each artwork:

  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Date
  • Sales price or NFS 
  • Insurance value


Presentation and Shipping Requirements
SHIPPING ARTWORKS TO THE GALLERY
Artists who live outside of the Palouse region may choose to ship works to the gallery for exhibition. The Third Street Gallery is unable to accommodate the costs of return shipping, so artists who ship artworks must include a pre-paid return shipping label. Artworks should be shipped to the gallery at the following address:

City of Moscow Arts Department

ATTN: Megan Cherry

206 E Third Street

Moscow ID 83843


HARDWARE FOR WALL-HUNG PIECES
The Third Street Gallery is located in an historic building, and as such the gallery hanging system is designed to preserve the integrity of the architecture. Generally speaking, the best presentation method is a sturdy hanging wire securely attached to the back of the piece. Third Street Gallery curators cannot make holes in the gallery’s historic plaster walls, so no sawtooth hangers or French cleats are accepted. Pieces that are large or excessively heavy may be shown in this space, but require special accommodations. Gallery staff will make every effort to include work with unusual presentation needs, so please contact us with any questions about special hanging requirements.


PEDESTALS AND DISPLAY CABINETS
There is a variety of options for displaying three-dimensional artworks, including secure, locking cabinets with glass panels. There are also pedestals that can be used either as a flat top for digital displays or with secure Plexiglas vitrines. Larger sculptural works are welcome depending on the parameters of each exhibition, so the inclusion of these works will be considered by gallery staff on a case-by-case basis.


ARTWORK LABELING
Please bring artwork to the gallery with a label firmly affixed to the back or bottom of each piece. The label should correspond with the information on the loan agreement and contain the following:

Artist Name     Artwork Title      Medium     Date


LOAN AGREEMENT

(This text is a sample for reference - a loan agreement specific to the exhibition will be provided to artists by the date stated on the first page of this prospectus)

The Lender must provide an exhibition list declaring the content and value of each object loaned. A distinction will be made, prior to exhibition installation, between the declared value and sales price on all artwork to be offered for sale.

During the exhibition period, the City will take reasonable precautions to avoid damage or theft to the objects loaned. In the event of loss or damage, the City will be responsible to the Lender for the loss based upon the declared value of the objects on the exhibition list. The Lender may be required to provide substantiation of the value of the loaned object(s).

Unless the City is notified in writing to the contrary, it is understood that objects on loan may be photographed and reproduced in publications, for publicity purposes connected with the exhibition, and/or for educational purposes.

Artists may offer objects for sale or list them as NFS (not for sale), but the City cannot accommodate POR (price on request) listings. All sales will be handled through the Moscow Arts Department office. The Gallery receives a twenty percent (20%) commission on all artwork sold and Idaho sales tax of six percent (6%) shall be required on all artwork sold, so objects for sale should be priced accordingly.

The Third Street gallery is in a public, family-oriented space, so the Moscow Arts Commission and Arts Department staff reserve the right to review all submissions to determine the suitability of the artwork shown.


About the Third Street Gallery
The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s opening in September 1997. The gallery features artworks in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms. The Third Street Gallery exhibits the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, celebrating the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.

The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.

Third Street Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

The Gallery is ADA accessible on the East entrance of Moscow City Hall, and the elevator on the North side of the building provides access to the second and third floors.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THIRD STREET GALLERY STAFF
Megan Cherry
Arts Manager
mcherry@ci.moscow.id.us
208.883.7036

Amy Petit
Administrative Specialist
apetit@ci.moscow.id.us
208.883.7000 ext. 7204

Artwork wanted for feature on the Moscow Farmers Market Poster!
The City of Moscow Community Events Division and Farmers Market Commission are accepting artwork submissions for feature on the 2023 Moscow Farmers Market poster. Artists are invited to submit visual interpretations of this longstanding community event with no accompanying text. Text will be added upon selection of artwork utilizing the Market's current design standards.


For more information on this annual call for art: 

City of Moscow Arts & Culture