Sunday, April 25, 2010

Off The Strip 2010 Call for Proposals

The Contemporary Arts Center is currently accepting submissions for “Off The Strip,” a 4-day new genres art festival held in Las Vegas from October 14-17th, 2010.

The CAC seeks submissions for performance, media, and digital works, including installations. We are accepting submissions of recent work or proposals for new work. We encourage submissions that will be particularly relevant within the context of Las Vegas or Nevada, though we are not seeking Las Vegas-centric works per se. Proposals should address the relevance of your submission within this unique social, economic, and popular cultural environment. Off the Strip will take place at multiple venues including a four-week installation at the CAC gallery and performances and video screenings will be scheduled during the 4-day festival at alternative theater spaces and a sci-fi center located in Commercial Center (one of Las Vegas' first "strip malls") and at the showroom of the Aruba Hotel's Thunderbird Lounge in downtown Las Vegas.

A recent sponsorship will allow us to provide modest artist stipends this year, and we are working towards more funding. Please spread the word! We are condensing the program and adding a Saturday afternoon panel discussion so that out of town artists can make a long weekend of it! Floorplans for event venues are in the works but in the meantime here are the venues' websites:

Please contact CAC at for floor plans, pics. We also encourage artists to research Las Vegas and propose work for alternate locations in the downtown vicinity.

"It has always surprised me that there isn’t more performance and video art being made in the Valley—it seems such a perfect fit. Entertainment is literally and figuratively integrated into the landscape, and operating 24 hours a day, the city is perennially “on.” Performers from A-list to D-list fill venues on the Strip and beyond. The skyline of our signature avenue is a rambling hodgepodge of displaced architecture, both real and imagined, a colliding photogenic spectacle that forms the world’s largest stage. Under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras, the whole world comes right here to enact its wildest fantasies, all the while surrounded by the stark beauty of the American West in landscape and legend. The possibilities seem endless.”
-Danielle Kelly, from “Las Vegas Was Built for This”, Las Vegas Weekly, April 2009

Submission guidelines

There is a $10 entry fee per proposal.
Submissions should include:
1. A short proposal (outlining concept but also descriptive of presentation)
2. An equipment list or special presentation requirements
3. Work samples and supporting materials (see below) may be sent on a cd or dvd or emailed to to with OTS in the subject heading.
4. CV with contact information and artist's statement
5. Mail payment (checks payable to the Contemporary Arts Center,) hard copies of artist's cv, statement and list of works to The Contemporary Arts Center: Off the Strip 107 E. Charleston, Suite 120 Las Vegas NV 89104. Or payments may be made online. Visit the “Off The Strip” events page at
Include a SASE for return.

*Work samples can include10-20 jpegs (no larger than 1 MB via gmail please) or mp3s on a CD (installation views/details or performance documentation/details), NTSC video samples on DVD (playable from the DVD please!) or links to websites/podcasts.

Postmark Deadline: June 1st, 2010
Gmail Submissions Deadline: June 7th, 2010
Selected artists will be notified via email by July 14th.
Questions? Contact Wendy Kveck at or at 702-382-3886

Image: Off The Strip performance, 2009. Image courtesy CAC.

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