Open Call for Programs

Winter & Summer 2019

WCCW is now taking proposals for workshops, events, projects, and performances to take place during the Winter (January-March) and Summer (May-July) quarters of 2019. See below for the kinds of programs we’ll be looking for over the next few months. 

The next open call for programs will take place in Summer 2019.

Types of programs we are looking for:

Programs In Conversation with Artists In Residence

Next year WCCW welcomes artists-in-residence Gloria Galvez (Spring ’19) & Adee Roberson (Summer ’19)! We’re seeking proposals for programs in conversation with their work.

Programs concerning:

+ Abolition
+ Afro-futurism
+ Black feminism
+ Extinction
+ Food justice
+ Immigration, migration, & travel
+ Programs (including performances) concerning sound & music
+ Responses to colonialism (anti-colonial and de-colonized praxis)
+ Somatic work & healing practices

Winter 2019: Sweaty Concepts

The theme for Winter 2019 is Sweaty Concepts. Coined by the writer Sarah Ahmed, “sweaty concepts” are a way of describing something that is hard to describe, and something that is often hard to experience. For women, people of color, disabled people, or trans folx (for example), a sweaty concept is a way to give language to our abstract experiences (experiences that are invisible to dominant groups; experiences for which the dominant group hasn’t developed language — because it hasn’t had to) and to legitimize them. Sweaty concepts create understanding by describing the difficulty of inhabiting these identities.

Ahmed writes: “More specifically a ‘sweaty concept’ is one that comes out of a description of a body that is not at home in the world…or a description of the world from the point of view of not being at home in it.”

We will accept proposals concerning this theme through January 2019.

Winter 2019: Sex, Love, Relationships, Desire

Please send us proposals on all of the above, but your proposal should be queer-centered and trans inclusive. (Ideally, you are queer.) These programs will be part of a series beginning in February 2019.

Creative Work, Life Skills, & Professional Development

In addition to programs related to the quarterly theme, we’re always looking for new and interesting workshops concerning creative work, especially hands on art making & professional development for creatives. We encourage anyone with a skill to share to apply!

We are especially interested in the following skills based workshops:

+ Animation
+ Performance
+ Screen & TV writing
+ Video editing

We also like workshops that help us develop useful life skills too, programs like Non-Violent Communication or Basic Autocare Clinic.

Feminism & Social Justice

We welcome program proposals that bring art and social justice into the same conversation, or that use creative work to address a feminist issue (for example through a performance or performance lecture, a discussion of a work of a film or work of art, through reading groups, etc.) Some good examples of programs like this are here and here.

Who Should Propose A Program?

In alignment with our Core Values, we prioritize proposals that center people who have historically been marginalized in feminist and art spaces. This includes programs lead by and/or centering people of color (especially Black or Indigenous people), trans* and non binary people, and disabled people.

Why is this important?

WCCW makes a dedicated effort to challenge cis-hetero-patriarchy; white-supremacy; and exclusionary, colonial, capitalist, and ableist systems. Marginalized groups are often most equipped to critique and survive under oppressive systems, which is why everyone benefits when people from those groups are in positions of leadership.

We’re invested in creating value around the cultural production of women and nonbinary folx through supporting their exhibitions, programming, publishing, businesses, and other artistic and creative projects. All program hosts are paid, regardless of income from the program. (More info on that here.)

*Trans and cis women and non binary folx are welcome and encouraged to propose and lead programs.

For more information on application timeline, programming restrictions and guidelines, program fees and compensation, please visit our Programming page.