a year at oz: a special project with oz arts Nashville

call for applications / DEADLINE AUGUST 15

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We seek talented, motivated applicants for “A Year at OZ,” a unique, year-long artistic opportunity that couples the worlds of literary and visual artmaking in conversation and cross-pollination.

If selected for the project, you will attend, free of charge, OZ Arts Nashville’s entire 2018-2019 performance season, including works by Phantom Limb Company, New Dialect, Kronos Quartet, and others. Along with your cohort, limited to five writers, you’ll create new literary and critical works in response to, and informed by, each performance. The cohort will work closely with Porch co-director Susannah Felts, who will provide writing exercises and supplementary texts that serve to contextualize and deepen the experience of the artwork. Group discussions and critique sessions around each performance will help shape the cohort’s individual works.

Work created for this project may take many forms: poetry, narrative, hybrid forms, critical essay, participatory journalism, spoken word, and more. We are interested in discovering what the experience of OZ’s season provokes in this team of writers and how they are inspired to adapt their responses into language-based form on the page.

If selected, you must commit to attending the full 2018-2019 OZ Arts season and producing at least one written work for each performance. Work generated for this project may be used by OZ Arts for promotional or archival purposes.

“A Year at OZ” is completely free for participants and limited to five writers.

To apply, please submit the following by August 15:

  • A statement of interest, max 500 words, that discusses:

    • your background in writing

    • why writing in response to performing arts appeals to you

  • A writing sample that engages with visual or performing art in some way (max 1200 words)