COVID-19 SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE:
ALL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED UNTIL THE CA SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER ENDS.
IN THE INTERIM, WE PLAN TO HOST A LIVE ZOOM SESSION FOR WRITERS AND ARTISTS ALIKE, AND INVITE AUDIENCE TO JOIN. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MORE DETAILS.
WHEN THE SIP ORDER IS LIFTED THE LAMORINDA ARTS COUNCIL WILL RESUME ART EMBRACES WORDS PROGRAMMING AND RESCHEDULE PROGRAM DATES AT THE LAFAYETTE LIBRARY & LEARNING CENTER WHEN APPROPRIATE.
Art Embraces Words
A recurring Sunday Series of Emerging Writers reading excerpts of their Creative Writing Surrounded by Visual Art by Local Artists
Art Embraces Words is a recurring series whereby emerging writers read their works surrounded by visual art created by local artists designed to take place in Lafayette, CA. The local literary and visual art communities have expressed the desire for such opportunities to share their work and are expected to attend. The visual art will be videoed and promoted on Lamorinda Arts Council's social media platforms. Evaluation forms will be provided after the event.
For more information, contact us here.
Who Should Apply to Read
Adult emerging writers 18 years of age or older (non-published or newly published). Residence or place of work is in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda. We prioritize applicants who live or work in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda but will consider all writers. Unless you are Danielle Steele or James Patterson you are an emerging writer.
Call for Writing Entries
We request submission of up to 1250 words from emerging writers, newly published and non-published writers, to read from their work. Each writer will be given up to 10 minutes to read including transition time.
Type of Writing
All creative writing, fiction and non-fiction, will be considered. All content must be G-rated and appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be juried by Professional Writers. Criteria sought after include strong writing skills, a fresh and/or unique voice, and a compelling story.
A media table is provided for authors to display and sell their books at the reception following the readings. Artists and others may leave information of interest to the arts community on the table. Authors may sell their books directly to the public at the event; no commission is charged. Donations to the Lamorinda Arts Council in any denomination can be made online here, or via check to PO Box 121, Orinda, CA 94563.
For Visual Artists
Who Should Apply to Exhibit
Visual artists who live or work in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda are asked to provide up to 25 pieces of 2 dimensional artwork approximately 28" x 36" or larger. Content must be G-rated and appropriate for audiences of all ages. Artwork will be displayed on all four walls where each program is held during this one-day event.
Preparation of Art
Each piece of art must be identified with the artist’s name, contact information, title of artwork, media, and size, via labels supplied by the artist. The work will be promoted in various media and on the Lamorinda Arts Council's social media platforms.
The Lamorinda Arts Council requests a 20 percent commission from the sale of any artwork connected with Art Embraces Words. A media table is provided where you can leave information about your artwork and authors can sell their books. You may also leave information about events of interest to the arts community in general. Commissions can be paid online here, or via check to PO Box 121, Orinda, CA 94563.
The artist(s) must be available the day of the scheduled event to assist in installation and take down of the day's exhibit.