Call for Artists:
2004 Vermont Art Poetry Fusion Prize

Grace Cares, a not-for-profit foundation supporting community development projects in Third World countries, announces its sponsorship of a fundraising contest for the 2004 Vermont Art Poetry Fusion Prize.

Artists from any medium are invited to choose one poem from T. Namaya's new book God Sex Politics and represent it in: paint, fabric, multimedia, or sculpture. Further information and an application are available at http://www.vermontpoet.com and the GRACE CARES Foundation website at http://www.geocities.com/gracecaresvt/. Prize money of $500 will be awarded for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place. At the end of the contest, all of the art will be auctioned off; 60% of the proceeds will go to GRACE CARES and 40% to the artist--or the artist is welcome to donate their share of the proceeds to GRACE CARES.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2004. The exhibition and auction will take place as part of Gallery Walk on January 7, 2005 at the WeatherVane Gallery & Club, located at 19 Elliot Street in Brattleboro. Selected pieces will be exhibited at other locations around town.

Poet T. Namaya performs with New England's premier jazz poetry group, the Jazz Beat Blues Poetry Ensemble. He has performed widely over the years throughout the U.S. and abroad, in clubs and universities. "I have always enjoyed working in collaborative ventures with different art disciplines," he said. "This project where we invite artists to create their vision from my new book of poems is a marvelous opportunity to expand the perception of what a poem is. When I see or hear a poem, I don't visualize it as text--a good poem is filled with color, texture, flavors, music and rhythm that appeal to all the senses." Namaya will donate all proceeds from the sale of God Sex Politics and the Art Fusion Prize contest to further the work of the GRACE CARES foundation.

GRACE CARES seeks to strengthen communities as they face 21st century challenges with an emphasis on maintaining and safeguarding the traditions of indigenous cultures. We partner with and fund individuals and groups striving to build thriving communities while preserving the wisdom and customs of their heritage. Through an equal partnership, we work on educational, agricultural, and health programs. We have also been active in building a playground for a school in Palestine, literacy projects in Bolivia, and are currently raising funds for a project to study the traditions, and identify the medicinal plants, of the Matsiguenkas of Peru.

Copyright 2004, Gallery Walk, Brattleboro, Vermont

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