Forge Ahead Arts recruiting local artists to create giant garden for immersive playMai Nguyen Do July 17, 2019 1 COMMENT
Local arts nonprofit Forge Ahead Arts is currently looking for artists to help construct a giant garden, which will be displayed at the California Institute of the Arts’ Tournament Valley and used as the set of an immersive show titled “Finding Wonder.”
“Finding Wonder” is an original, interactive play written by Natasha Rabin and inspired by the works of Hans Christian Andersen. Calgrove Media, the producers of “Finding Wonder,” have partnered with Forge Ahead Arts to recruit local artists to construct the giant flower garden that will house the interactive experience.
“We’re excited to partner with Calgrove Media to bring a this unique hybrid of a theatrical performance and public art to Santa Clarita,” Forge Ahead Arts President Stephanie O’Connor said. “We hope to engage the Santa Clarita and surrounding communities in the uplifting and community building experience of immersive theater – to help them find the wonder.”
Artists who commit to working on the construction of the giant garden will be provided fabric canvas to construct individual flowers.
“When installed all together, the pieces should make our audience feel as if they are the size of a bug moving through a garden,” Calgrove Media founder Lisha Yakub Sevanian said. “We are hoping to showcase the many talents of the Santa Clarita Valley in this public art show and theatrical play.”
In addition to providing exposure for local artists, Calgrove Media is focused on ensuring that artists involved in the creation of the set of “Finding Wonder” are financially supported.
“Each piece will be for sale at the end of the show, at a price set by the artist,” Sevanian said. “The goal is to give artists an opportunity to have their work seen and purchased by art supporters in and around Santa Clarita.”
All artists involved in the project will be provided a $50 stipend. Those interested can email Sevanian at [email protected] for more information. The deadline to submit pieces is Aug. 26, 2019.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.