National Night Out Artist Call Out

Emeryville National Night Out 2016 Call Out for Artists  

The City of Emeryville is hosting its 33rd annual National Night Out event this August 2, 2016 from 6-8pm. Its a night to celebrate community and build relationships between neighbors. This year, were inviting emerging and established artists to come to Doyle Hollis Park in Emeryville and share works that inspire people to interact, participate, and collaborate with each other around the theme of sustainable communities 

What are sustainable communities? Sustainable communities leverage urban infrastructure, governance, and living style to support a sustainable local economy, a sustainable local environment, and sustainable social equality. Such communities are also known as green cities, eco-communities, livable cities, and sustainable cities. As Emeryville strives to build a green, healthy and vibrant city with strong community bonds, we want our residents to think about how they can be a part of this sustainability process.  

Why are we using art to highlight sustainable communities? Interactive and participatory art gives people an opportunity to really engage, learn, and think about their community in a new way. Its also a chance for people to actively build relationships with each other, an important component of being a part of a sustainable community.   

Emeryville welcomes works in every imaginable medium including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces,anything you can dream of. We invite any project related to the theme of sustainable communities that inspires visitors to participate and interact with art. Dream big and come share with your friends and the public at Doyle Hollis Park! 

Mark your calendars!  

  • February 1 – April 1: Call for Art Open
  • April 22: Artists chosen for event notified 
  • July 8-10: Meet & Greet and Site Walk for Artists and Volunteers
  • August 2: Emeryville National Night Out 2016 from 6-8pm at Doyle Hollis Park! 

Submission Guidelines

Send a 200-500 word statement of interest to describing your project and how it relates to sustainable communities. You can include up to 5 photos or videos. Please indicate how much space you need for your project and any other logistical concerns. If you have any questions, email  
 7 Things Artists Should Know

Here are 7 key things to keep in mind before submitting for Emeryvilles National Night Out event. Most of them are discussed in detail below or in the FAQ.  
1.     Everyone is welcome. Artists and participants of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of this event. 
2.     All art is participatory. All of the art is participatory. We look for art that encourages people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore what sustainable community means. 

Were outdoors in a public site. Emeryvilles National Night Out takes place outdoors in a public area, so your project should be designed to withstand the weather and the public. 
We leave no trace.
 Your project can not leave any trace or mark on the site, and artists must be prepared to completely remove and clean up after their project.  
Were all volunteers.
 All artists and art event coordinators are volunteering their time and resources for this.  
Emeryville National Night Out is a completely free event. There is no charge for artists or participants to be a part of the event. 
We have no artist grants. There is no budget for project grants. 
Who can submit a project? 
Anyone can submit a project! Adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to Emeryville’s Doyle Hollis Park by their own means and remove it when the event is over is welcome to submit.
What can content be? 
The content should address sustainable communities in some way. But the form this takes can be anything! Street theater, costuming, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, and anything else you can imagine!
Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are welcome. We will have an area available for performances. If you have an idea and have questions about whether it’s plausible, don’t hesitate to get in touch. No matter what you do, the two requirements are that it somehow engages audience participation and addresses sustainable communities. 

Projects with sexual or violent content material will not be accepted by the City.
What are the deadlines to submit a project? 
The call for artists is open from February 1, 2016 – April 1, 2016. Artists will be notified by April 22 if their project is chosen.
When is Emeryville’s National Night Out?  

It will be August 2, 2016 from 6-8pm.

How do I get there? 

National Night Out will be happening at Doyle Hollis Park in Emeryville. You can reach the park by the Hollis line of the Emery-Go-Round at MacArthur BART.
What about funding? 
National Night Out does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the event. The City of Emeryville encourages artists to apply for outside grants and to fundraise for your project within your personal capacity. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event. In addition, nothing may be sold at the event. If you are an artist who would like to sell your work, National Night Out might not be the place to be for you.
When can I install my project? What are the installation and setup hours? 
Artists are encouraged to set up and break down their exhibits before and after National Night Out, instead of during the event itself. National Night Out will be located at Doyle Hollis Park. You will work with our coordinators to determine the best spot for your installation or performance. 
Arrangements must be made with the event team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from the event site. Once you have submitted your project, you can speak about logistical needs in more detail with one of our coordinators.
When can I take down my project? 
De-installation will occur after 8pm – immediately after the event has ended but no sooner.
Can I collect email addresses for my mailing list? 
Yes, you may collect addresses, but we ask that you manage the list and make it clear to participants that they are signing up for your list and not the National Night Out or Emeryville’s list. Please do not leave unattended clipboards around the event; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.
Is there electrical power available? 
There will be limited electrical power available. Priority will go to artists who submitted before our deadline and contact our coordinators. If you are not able to work with us to meet our deadlines, please plan to operate without power during National Night Out. These restrictions exist so that we do not blow out the power system, depriving everyone of electricity.
Should I bring an extension cord? 
If you have been in touch with the event team and are approved for power, yes, please bring at least a 100′ extension cord. The longer the cord, the better.
Can I bring my car? 
There will be street parking around the Doyle Hollis Park.
There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from the City of Emeryville? 
Please make every effort to bring all the supplies that you need for your project. We will have chairs, tables, and a canopy. The park has some picnic tables. Get in contact with the event team to discuss if you need those items or access to power.
Can I put stakes down or make holes in the ground? 
Please check with your coordinator if you need to stake. You may not dig holes.

Can I hang things from trees? 
No. The City of Emeryville has a staff of professional arborists who have asked that our artists and participants not involve the trees in the park in any way. This includes hanging, wrapping fabric, attaching fliers, etc.

Is there access to water? 

There is no potable water on site.

Can I bring tables and chairs? 
Yes. The City of Emeryville has a small number that we have allocated based on requests for artists who submitted prior to our deadline. We are not able to accommodate everyone's requests due to sheer numbers, so chairs and tables should be considered an extra. If you have portable tables and chairs that you can carry and really need them for your project, we recommend bringing them if possible.