Creativity Challenge SPA's Creativity Challenges enhance learning in the visual, performing and cultural arts, engage classrooms in the creative process and honor the effort and talent of young artists and their instructors.
Deck the Disco Challenge Deck the Disco Submission Deadline - October 31, 2013.
Vocal and instrumental contenders in the Deck the Disco Challenge will win tickets to the December presentation of ABBA: The Concert
and an opportunity to perform in the lobby before and after the concert.
For more information about the Deck the Disco Challenge, please email email@example.com
or call 713-632-8102.
Magic Moves Challenge Magic Moves Submission Deadline - November 1, 2013.
In January, SPA will present the Texas premiere of Pilobolus Dance Theatre's newest work- ESC
. Pilobolus created ESC
in collaboration with international superstars of trickery, Penn & Teller. When the art of escaping from traps, restraints, duct tape and other perils combine with the strength, agility and grace of Pilobolus' company, the result is an unexpected, gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography. In conjunction with this performance, SPA's Magic Moves Challenge invites students and educators to develop an inventive, athletic and witty dance or act that features the human body as a medium for expression.
To participate in the Magic Moves Challenge, begin by exploring the work of both Penn & Teller and the Pilobolus Dance Theatre: http://www.pilobolus.org/home.jsp#home/4 http://www.pennandteller.com/03/coolstuff/bio.html
Why should I participate?
- Develop a concept for a 15-20 minute routine to be presented in the lobby of Jones Hall.
- Describe what you want to present in a one-page proposal.
The winning group or individual will be invited as part of the Performance Prelude- this is an opportunity to share their Magic Moves with audience members in the lobby before Pilobolus' performance on January 10, 2014 at Jones Hall.
Who can submit a proposal?
It is an open contest designed for students and educators. Choreographers, Dance Studio Directors, Youth Group Leaders, Dancers, Gymnasts, Magicians and Daredevils are highly encouraged to participate. Groups and solo performers not affiliated with a school or studio are welcome to submit, too. Due to space limitations, the maximum number per group is 20. That includes up to 16 performers and 4 assistants.
How do I write a proposal?
After doing some research, brainstorm about what your group could do to win the challenge. When something really begins to click, stop talking about it and start writing. What do you want to create? Describe the movement, the style, the sounds and the environment. What do you want it to look like? These notes will become your concept. For the proposal, elaborate on how your concept will come together. How many performers will be involved? What resources are currently available? What do you need to do to make it happen? The work of Pilobolus or Penn & Teller should inspire you, but please do not attempt to copy or duplicate it.
Email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org
on or before November 1, 2013.
Wells Fargo Student Art Contest
The Wells Fargo Student Art Contest is the centerpiece of our Creativity Challenges. Now in its 16th Annual incarnation, students are invited to explore the Power of Positive through the work of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.
Through the creation and display of artwork centered on positive thinking and collective impact, the 16th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest aims to have art educators and young artists consider solutions to universal problems, reflect on how an individual can affect his or her community, and reveal the innate positive attributes of creative expression. Mandalas are a visual design created from repeating shapes organized around a center point to reflect concepts of balance, wholeness and connection. They serve as a motif for this year's art contest. Successful contestants will identify challenges faced by family, friends and neighbors, illustrate how an individual's thoughts and actions lead to progress and resolutions, and uniquely incorporate mandala design elements. Click here to learn more about the Wells Fargo Student Art Contest.