The event is seeking to provide an occasion for the entire community to experience solidarity in a meaningful way, share personal thoughts and impressions, and engage in all-important conversations.
On August 31, 2020

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I hope this note finds you well, in these uniquely challenging and disturbing times!

I wanted you to be aware that, under the umbrella of the Payne Area ReBOOT initiative that I am part of  on the East Side of St. Paul, we are organizing a one-of-a-kind, COVID-friendly opportunity for artists to exhibit visual art work that is relevant to our unique and challenging times while at the same time bringing the community together for a memorable occasion to experience solidarity in a meaningful way.  We are also seeking to give local businesses a boost by increasing their visibility and traffic.  We are calling this outdoor event SOLIDARITY STREET GALLERY.

The event will be centered around approximately 20 exhibit sites, spread along Payne Avenue between Phalen Blvd and Maryland Ave. They will showcase art installations inside store-front windows, on outside walls, on the sidewalk, and in other creative configurations – all viewable from the sidewalk, in a physically distanced manner.   The artworks we are soliciting should convey a meaningful message about solidarity, justice and equity – and be representative of the diversity of the communities on the East Side of St. Paul. All artists, be they established or emerging, local or from further away, are welcome to submit work to be included to this unique street-side exhibit. BIPOC artists are especially encouraged to participate. There is no registration fee. Some limited stipends can be made available upon request, to help artists offset materials and installation cost. Artists will be able to sell their work included in the exhibit through a virtual gallery that will complement the live outdoor display, giving them an opportunity to generate some extra income as well..

We are accepting a wide range of visual art formats, and I would like to invite those of you who are artists yourselves to participate.  I am also wondering whether you know of any local, emerging artists who might have material that would be well suited for inclusion in this event.  We furthermore would appreciate it if you could spread the word , through your artist and arts networks, on this unique opportunity for artists to help our entire community cope with the grief and anger over the continued injustice in our society, and the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

The website linked below includes a ‘Call for Artwork’ and an electronic ‘Artwork Submission Form’ as well as some general background.  The deadline for Artwork Submissions is September 7.


Thank you in advance for your interest and support

Best regards,
Stephan Kistler

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