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Open Call for Performing Artists for Street & Stage Performances (posted March 10, 2016)

Open Call for Performing Artists for Street & Stage Performances (posted March 10, 2016)

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Open Call for Performing Artists
For Street & Stage Performances
East End Arts 20th Anniversary Community Mosaic
Street Painting Festival: May 29, 2016

(RIVERHEAD, NY, March 10, 2016) –– East End Arts is pleased to announce an open call for performing artists to participate in their 20th Anniversary Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival on Sunday, May 29, 2016, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in downtown Riverhead, NY. East End Arts is looking for acts to be featured on the stage of the Riverhead Showmobile and on the street for this beloved annual fun-for-the-whole-family festival which includes street painting on East Main Street, a fine arts and crafts market of local artists and artisans, live music and entertainment, children's activities, drumming, dance, festival food, and more. Musicians, soloists/bands, singers (all genres ranging from Pop and Rock to Jazz and Gospel) are encouraged to apply, as well as dancers, poets/spoken word artists, theatre troupes and other performing acts). Submissions for street performing acts may also include jugglers, dancers and other performing acts.

Performing artists must be 15 years of age or older to perform on the Showmobile stage and prepared to perform a 10-15 minute set. All acts on the Showmobile and on the street must be family-friendly. To be considered, please email East End Arts Events Coordinator Sheree Elder at with a short bio 3-5 sentences in length, a link to the artist's website and/or a video of the artist performing. In the subject line, applicants must include if they are applying to perform on the Showmobile stage and/or on the street. All acts are unpaid, with the opportunity to perform for an audience of 5,000 festival goers throughout the day.

Submissions must be received by Monday, April 4, 2016 to be considered. If chosen, performing artists will be notified via email by Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

This event draws over 5,000 local residents and tourists to downtown Riverhead for this Memorial Day Weekend tradition where families and friends, artists, musicians, and lovers of the arts, young and old, enjoy the creative spirit together. All activities take place in downtown Riverhead on East Main Street, between Roanoke Ave and East Street, and on the grounds of East End Arts (133 and 141 East Main Street.) This event is sponsored by Bridgehampton National Bank.

Additionally, East End Arts invites street painting artists to participate in the street painting, and artisan and craftspeople to participate in a fine arts and crafts fair. More information about these opportunities is below.

Opportunity for Street Painting Artists
“I Madonnari” is a street painting art form dating back to 16th Century Italy, where street painters created works of art in front of cathedrals to pay homage to the Virgin Mary. Street painters that are over the age of 14 are encouraged to register in advance. Pre-registered street painters will be matched with a sponsored square on a first-come-first-serve basis. Chalk and blending materials are provided. It is recommended that street painters bring kneepads and a hat. Artwork must be suitable for public viewing. No words or symbols intended as advertising may appear within the image, however artists may sign their names. If the square is sponsored, the sponsor’s name will appear above the space. Street painting squares are given on a first-come basis. Street painters who pre-register will be notified of acceptance prior to the event. Street painters agree that work done in conjunction with this festival may be reproduced by photograph or video and used by the East End Arts for promotional purposes. Street painting squares are also available for purchase the day of the event for $20 each. Registration deadline is May 10, 2016. For registration form and more information, please visit

Opportunity for Artisan and Craftspeople
East End Arts also invites artists and craftspeople to participate in the fine arts and crafts fair at the event. There is a special offer for artisan vendors who sign up on or before March 15, 2016: their name/business and website link will be listed on the event webpage and in the promotional brochure, which is distributed to 3,000 businesses and individuals. The final registration deadline that will not include the special offer, is May 10, 2016. For more information, visit

For more information contact Sheree Elder, East End Arts Events Coordinator, at 631-727-0900 or
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.