We Are Here Festival Open Call

WE ARE HERE is a 3 day arts festival exploring indigenous past, present and futures. As indigenous people we are armed with our own technologies, ancestral knowledge, & survival tactics; We are artists in finding balance between old ways and late stage capitalism.

The festival will include creatives in the fields of visual (installation, fine art and contemporary), music // sound art, and film // video art. All work will shed light on experiences of what it means to live a “balanced” life during “unbalanced” times.

WE ARE HERE celebrates Indigenous Futurism and we are encouraging artists to come with their most experimental works. Often we are placed in the dissonance of capitalism and making space for our own sense of Indigenous liberation and survival. Art is cognizant and organic in starting this important dialogue. As natives in the 21st century, it is our duty to imagine different futures for our communities. Exploring and growing; WE ARE HERE.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Artists, no matter of the category, must identify as Indigenous, Native American, American Indian, Aboriginal, First Nations, and/or any other term meaning original peoples of a land, territory, and/or nation. (Space NDN accepted)
  • Although it is not a requirement to identify as an Indigenous Queer/Trans/Two-Spirit/Femme/Womxn to submit artwork, we acknowledge the disparities that exist within the art world when it comes to showcasing their work and aim to address it through our selection by giving priority to those submissions.
  • Collaborative groups & collectives encouraged to apply.



Important Dates: 

May 3, 2019: Applications go live  

May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST: Applications close

June 19, 2019: Applicants notified

Questions?: Email weareherefestival@gmail.com

This is festival is made possible by the New York Womens Foundation, American Indian Community house & Abrons Arts Center.