In response to the current global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the temporary closure of 516 ARTS and cultural institutions around the world, we have launched a digital initiative to help contemporary artists stay connected with audiences and community online. Artists from anywhere in the world are invited to participate in our digital project by sharing their work in order to help maintain their daily practices, cope with challenges, and stay inspired.
We encourage artists in all media to submit one item of their own original work – including visual art, videos of performances, creative writing, interviews, and pictures of their studio/workspace. 516 ARTS will feature a selection of the submissions on our social media and website for the duration of our closure, along with images and content selected by our staff. As this time is fluid and fluctuating, so is this project, and 516 ARTS is designing it based on changing needs. We hope this will be a generative, positive, and inspirational space for both artists and audiences.
516 ARTS Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge says, “We are all trying to gets our heads around this new reality and face the challenge of adaptation. As a contemporary art museum, our physical space is closed to the public, we cannot hold in-person public gatherings, and our staff is working from home, but we are still open and active online. Our staff (Claude Smith, Mackensie Lewis, Viola Arduini, and myself) have been brainstorming and researching new ways to share art and communicate about our circumstances in this new era. The Museum from Home format is just one of the ways we are refocusing our work to adapt to the current changes.”
Museum from Home: The Resilience Project is curated by the staff of 516 ARTS and will continue through May 31 or as long as 516 ARTS’ physical venue is closed to the public.
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please limit your submission to once a day to allow for a broader participation by the public.
THEMES: Please submit work that speaks to any of these themes, and note which theme(s) you are addressing:
Creativity in the time of crisis
Sharing and caring
Closeness in social distancing
Hope and imagining the future
Facing the challenge
The economy and labor
• VISUAL ART: Submit JPG files, 300dpi at 4 x 6 inches. Please include an image credit (title, medium, year, size, if
• VIDEO: Submit a link to your video, or an MOV file. We will only be able to share it on social media if it is under 60
seconds, however we can share the link you provide.
• CREATIVE WRITING: Submit DOC and TXT files, 300 words max. Please include a credit (author, date created, title, if
ABOUT YOU: Please include this information with your submission:
• Where you live
• Your social media handle so we can tag you
• Your website, if you have one