About the At Home Dance Challenge:

Add your artistic voice to our Inspirational Dance Festival community of healing, comfort, and gratitude in this uplifting at home dance challenge. Using the theme “What the World Needs Now,” share your vision through dance on ways the community can heal together. Remember to have fun and be creative! Up to six (6) video entries will be featured in a virtual program in April 2021. 

Stipend

Selected video entries will receive a $200 stipend for their participation.


Eligibility

  • Dancers can work with a choreographer(s) for their submission.
  • Dancers must be residents of the Washington Metropolitan area including Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  • Open to All Ages
  • Routines should be at least 90 seconds but no longer than 5 minutes.
  • This virtual At Home Dance Challenge is in the style of but not limited to: inspirational dance, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and tap.
  • Dance routines should be original choreography. Dancers can enter as a representative from local dance studios, schools, community groups, or can register independently.
  • Only one video submission per applicant.


The deadline for video submissions is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Routine Rules and Video Guidelines

The Basics

  • Each dance should be at least 90 seconds but no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Inappropriate or suggestive dance moves while performing are not permitted.  
  • No part of the performance should be offensive to others; this includes costumes, dance moves, or language in music. 

Music

  • Profanity, suggestive music, or violent lyrics are not permitted.

Attire

  • Costumes are encouraged but not required.
  • All dancers must be appropriately dressed during the extent of the routine or face disqualification.

Video Quality

  • Make sure all dancer(s) are fully in frame and well lit. Suggestion: Lighting should be placed behind camera to avoid shadows. 
  • Avoid using video with additional background noise. Music should be heard clearly.
  • Videos must not show logos of products. Videos displaying logos will be disqualified.


How to Submit

Submit final videos in a MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV file format. No registration fee is required. For additional questions reach out to Megan Merchant at megan.merchant@pgparks.com.

Video submissions will be via submittable.com.

Announcing Auditions for World Dance Showcase 2021

Our popular annual showcase gives you the opportunity to travel the globe from the comfort of your Publick Playhouse seat, when professional troupes perform dances from a panoply of cultural traditions. Breathtaking costumes, authentic music, and the enchanting grace of the dancers will make you feel like a world traveler. The 2021 World Dance Showcase will be presented FREE of cost as a virtual concert pre-recorded on the Publick Playhouse stage.

Auditions for World Dance Showcase 2021 will be by pre-recorded video only. Performers of traditional, culture-specific dance styles (ages 16 years and older,) residing in Maryland, Virginia, or District of Columbia, may apply. Applications will be accepted beginning December 14, 2020, until January 18, 2021. Six dance groups will be selected. Those selected will be invited to perform their dance(s) on stage at the Publick Playhouse on February 27 and 28, to be recorded professionally. Dances will be recorded with professional lighting designs to enhance the beauty of the performances and create the feeling of a Publick Playhouse live event. These final videos will be edited together and streamed as a virtual concert on March 27, 2021. Each dance group selected by the adjudicators will be awarded an honorarium of $800.

Rules for video submissions:

Video submissions may include more than one dance item, but videos should be no longer than 12 minutes total.

Videos shall have been recorded during the last 2 years.

Videos may show any number of dancers. However, due to social distancing guidelines, the dances recorded at the Playhouse may have only six dancers on stage at one time. The dance as presented in the audition video may be re-staged for fewer dancers if necessary, for the final recording. During the recording sessions on February 27 and 28, dancers will be required to wear masks covering their mouth and nose, as required by law.

Audition videos should show the dance in full costume.

Dances will need to be performed on pre-recorded music. Due to social distancing guidelines, dancers will not be able to share the stage with musicians this year.

Videos should be uploaded to https://m-ncppc.submittable.com/

Videos should be in MP4 or MPV format. Please do not send youtube links.

Please address any questions to Christel Stevens at christel.stevens@pgparks.com.

Pieces: A Teen Art Exhibition

Bringing Awareness to Teen Dating Violence through the Visual Arts

How do we pick up the pieces and rebuild ourselves after abuse?  With honest love, support, and helping hands.  Calling teen artists to submit original art that speaks to the message of how we may be pulled apart, but can also come together to stand up and break the cycle of abuse.  Submit your art that showcases love, support, hope, self-worth, strength, and compassion.  We can pick up the pieces together.

The call is open to teen artists ages 12 to 18.  Selected artists will be featured in an online art exhibition during the annual “No Excuse for Dating Abuse” on February 11, 2021.  Artwork will be judged by a panel of professional artists and art managers. 

Art can be mixed media, sculpture, paintings, drawings, animation, digital art, multi-media

All images should be a .JPEG file. Multi-media pieces should be .MP4 or .MPEG

For more details, email Elizabeth.malone@pgparks.com or Carlotta.wade@pgparks.com 

Deadline to submit: Friday, January 29

This program is presented by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division and the Central Area Office of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County

This call is open to all student artists, ages 13–18, who live or attend school in Prince George’s County. Participants can attend public, private, be home schooled or in their first semester in college.

To complement the 2021 M-NCPPC Black History Program Exhibition, student artists are invited to create and submit their own artwork inspired by the 2021 exhibition theme, Healthcare and Healing Traditions in the Black Community.

Within the Black community, there continues to exist a deep mistrust of the medical profession, which is rooted in a history of racism, exclusion, inequality, and exploitation in the nation’s systems of healthcare. This year’s exhibition will delve into this mistrust through an exploration of the history of medicine and healthcare within the African American community. It will explore a variety of subjects on the local and national levels, including the influence of West African healing and health practices on the lives of the enslaved, the exploitation of Black patients for the advancement of American medicine, the struggle of African Americans to enter the medical profession, and the success of Black community in developing their own medical institutions as well as integrating those established by white Americans.

The Black History Program Exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County, Natural and Historical Resources Division and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

This exhibition of student artwork will be presented virtually.


All entries must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

All submissions must be completed online at m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other entry will be accepted. There is no entry fee for this exhibition call for entry.

Digital images of work to be submitted must be in JPG format, at a minimum 300 dpi resolution. Files must be labeled: “LastName-FirstName-Title of Work”.

Each applicant may enter one image each of up to three (3) different artworks measuring no larger than 16 x 20 inches. All work entered must be an original composition created by the applicant. Any medium may be used for the work, including but not limited to: oil pastels, paint, pencil, ink, photography, collage and digital work.

All student artists are encouraged to use the following guidelines to photograph their work in order to submit as a digital image.

  • Use your cell phone’s camera set at the highest resolution possible.
  • It is preferable to photograph your work outside on an overcast day versus a sunny day and don’t use flash. If photographing indoors, use a room with good overhead lighting.
  • Place your finished artwork, horizontally, at a 45-degree angle, facing up. You can use the lid/screen of a laptop opened at a 45-degree angle, which is close to the natural reading angle, or use a large, hardcover book, opened upside down, like a steep roof, to lean your artwork against to photograph.
  • Hold the phone horizontally, and as best as possible, match the angle of the phone with the angle of the leaning artwork
  • Ensure there are no shadows or unwanted reflections across the artwork and that it shows as large as possible on your phone’s screen, without cropping the sides of the artwork.
  • Take 2 or 3 photos and, before you upload the best one, make sure you re-name it “YourLastName-YourFirstName-Title of Work”

Each artist is also encouraged to upload one photograph of themselves and an artist’s statement, between 100 and 200 words long, about their artwork, which will be included in the virtual exhibition.

Selected artists will be notified by Wednesday, January 23, 2021. An artwork loan agreement form will need to be signed digitally, by both the selected artist and a parent/guardian.

Each artist selected to participate in the exhibition will receive a $50 honorarium in appreciation of his/her contribution.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Dennis.Doster@pgparks.com or Stuart.Diekmeyer@pgparks.com . Participation implies agreement with all afore mentioned conditions.

PG Parks Arts and Cultural Heritage Division