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. Its a quick in and out phenomena. The
tourist seldom learns much about the local environment, community, economy,
politics, or history. Theyll walk away with a sense of personal experience,
but with little substantial understanding of the complex relationships that they
are actively participating in.
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.
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 tourismfrom 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.
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