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Art In Public Places Board Seeks Proposals For Grant Opportunity (October 24, 2000)

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The City of Key West Art in Public Places Board is seeking proposals from artists in response to a grant opportunity.   The objective of the grant is as follows:

     For many countries, tourism has become the fastest growing and most important sector of the economy. As tourists, we consume places, people and sights, often making that consumption material and memorable on a piece of film or through the purchase of a doodad. It’s a quick in and out phenomena. The tourist seldom learns much about the local environment, community, economy, politics, or history. They’ll walk away with a sense of personal experience, but with little substantial understanding of the complex relationships that they are actively participating in.

     Tourist sites are particularly well-suited to art production given that the audience comes prepared to soak up ideas, experiences, and objects. The Gunk Tourist Project seeks to encourage works that are site-specific and that engage the many facets of tourism––from its production, consumption and byproducts to its effects on social interactions and our relationship to environments. We are particularly interested in art works that draw attention to the components of tourism that are often invisible, and that take a critical look at both the experience of tourism (from both sides of the fence) and the system as a whole. We are also interested in projects that use humor or irony as a methodological tool, or projects that result in a new tourist “product”.

     The grant specifies a limit of $5,000 for the proposed project.  Artists interested in participating should submit their proposals to Jay Gewin, Executive Assistant to the Mayor and City Commission.  The mailing address is PO Box 1409, Key West FL 33041, phone (305) 292-8252.  The deadline for submittal is November 15th, 2000.

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