Reclaiming the Appalachian Murder Ballad zine, festival, art show, and residency / Calls & Submissions

July 29, 2024

Organization Name: MidMountain

Organization Location: Natural Bridge Station, VA

Type: Calls & Submissions | Residencies

Fee: Free


MidMountain, an arts and agricultural nonprofit in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is curating a zine, gallery show, and arts festival for October 2024 focusing on reclaiming the Appalachian Murder Ballad genre, folk music too long dominated by regressive and misogynistic gender norms that celebrate violence against women, in conjunction with a themed Fall 2024 Fellowship Cohort that will be offered free lodging at MidMountain Retreat in Natural Bridge Station, VA from October 1-October 13.

This is a combined free open call running until July 29, 2024 for all related opportunities. Applicants to all opportunities will receive a response from MidMountain by August 5, 2024. Creatives working in all mediums, including creative and non-fiction writing, 2-D, 3-D, and video, are invited to apply for inclusion in the zine and gallery show as well as to join the Fall MidMountain Fellowship Cohort and perform at an October 12 intersectional arts festival.

The zine will pay 10 selected contributors $100 each for their submissions to be featured in 24-page print zine and online, with physical zines sold to raise funds for future MidMountain projects. Payments to contributors and Zine printing supported by MidAtlantic Arts’ Central Appalachian Living Traditions Program. The arts show curatorial team will include MidMountain board members AnaMarie King and Christine Sajecki, as well as MidMountain Curator Andrea “River” Peterson. Accepted works in the art show will be displayed in the MidMountain Gallery, on the grounds, in the Post Office Community Center, and online from October 1 through November 30th and offered for sale with 70% of proceeds to the artists.

MidMountain’s Fall 2024 Fellowship Cohort will accept up to twelve individuals to share time and space from October 1-13 at MidMountain Retreat, a five acre property on the James River, to work on creative projects connected to the theme of “Reclaiming the Appalachian Murder Ballad” as well as present as part of the October 12 arts festival. We are particularly interested in proposals that also engage with the natural ecology of the region, investigate the MidMountain site’s ties to colonization and human bondage, dissect gender norms, and/or explore marginalized community perspectives.

Opportunity Website

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