Call for Projects – ATSA
The event will take place November 16 through 19, 2017 at Place Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal
Theme: Tax Havens – title to come
All disciplines, under a tent and/or outdoors
Deadline for proposals: Sunday, April 9, 2017
ATSA – When Art Takes Action is an arts organization founded in 1998 by artists Annie Roy and Pierre Allard. It creates, produces and disseminates interdisciplinary works and events that are driven by the couple's desire to inform citizens about vital social, environmental and heritage causes of concern. ATSA's creations question the urban landscape in order to make the public space once again a place where citizens can meet, exchange viewpoints, and take action. http://www.atsa.qc.ca
Background: ATSA burst onto the scene with La Banque à bas (The Sock Bank) in December 1997, an action in front of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal intended to shine a spotlight on the indecent profits generated by banks. In 1998, ATSA created État d’Urgence (State of Emergency), a symbolic refugee camp, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The camp attracted Montreal's homeless and was a work that reflected a reality fraught with human distress. État d’Urgence evolved into an annual tradition, a festival enabling artists and citizens to mobilize around the issue of homelessness. Drastic cuts under the Conservative government in later years led to a restructuring and repositioning of the festival around an original ATSA work for three editions of Fin Novembre. The event became biennial in 2013. The 2015 edition, called Prendre…le temps d’une soupe, was produced in partnership with Montreal's La Nuit des sans-abri.
The one-of-a-kind event brings the general public and persons who are homeless or suffering social precarity together for an extraordinary shared experience. Volunteers play an important role in the project's success, as do numerous businesses. Artistically, it revolves around a theme and a central work provided by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. With that as a starting point, pluridisciplinary programming, cultural mediation activities, conferences and meetings are deployed to make the event an opportunity for engagement, reflection and encounters based on inclusive social values.
The 2017 edition will mark ATSA's 20 years of perseverance in producing and staging this socially engaged event.
ATSA addresses this call for projects to artists in order to put together the programming for the next festival, whose theme will be Tax Havens—an economic theme that recalls that of La Banque à bas. The abysmal chasm of economic inequality has become the new
norm in the distribution of wealth and resources. Spun in the media using a sugarcoated and belaboured jargon, today's economic practices deepen this divide of disparity and disenfranchisement. (Consider, for instance, that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.) One concept symbolizes this phenomenon at its worst: tax havens. Tax havens enable multinationals and the wealthy to avoid paying hundreds of billions of tax dollars. These lost revenues are essential to guaranteeing all citizens access to indispensable public services, such as health care and education; these funds are crucial if we are to eliminate extreme inequalities, and could enable millions of people to overcome poverty. Furthermore, those who already own everything also possess the knowledge they need to own even more, by moving their wealth to phantom locations where it can grow, far from the scrutiny of the rest of the world.
The call for projects is open to all disciplines: theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts, performance, poetry, literature, storytelling, interdisciplinary approaches, new artistic practices, games—as well as any practices that refuse to be pigeonholed.
The available spaces for presentation and expression are:
-an outdoor stage
-two or three multipurpose tents (stage, exhibitions, workshops, distribution of meals and clothing)
-outdoors on Place Émilie-Gamelin (according to the set-up of the site)
-possibly, the sidewalk along Sainte-Catherine St. (to be confirmed)
Interested, concerned or committed? Send us your proposals! Be sure to include:
-a presentation of your project and why you are interested in the festival (max. 1 page)
-a presentation of your artistic approach (max. 1 page) and a resume
-a list of technical requirements, if applicable
-5 photos (max. 1 MB each) or 1 video (max. 3 minutes), via a Web link
-your contact information
Proposals must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 9, 2017.
Artists will receive an artist's fee as per the going rates for their discipline.
 Introduction to the report An Economy for the 99% by OXFAM Québec, January 2017.