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Call For Proposals

Women Of Achievement

Women of Achievement was introduced by the former YWCA of Salina in 1993 to recognize the work of outstanding women in our community. This bi-annual event has honored 93 Women of Achievement, 4 Young Women of Achievement and 4 Lifetime Achievement recipients, all who have made outstanding contributions in a variety of fields. Proceeds from the Women of Achievement event support the YW Legacy Fund at the Greater Salina Community Foundation, which makes grants to individuals and organizations that support the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. 


WE: Women Empowered Event

In an effort to empower local women and women identifying artists, encourage collaboration and create continuing awareness of the YW Legacy Fund, the WOA Salina Committee has created a new event promoting and supporting the work of women and women identifying artists working in all mediums. Invited art forms are music, poetry, spoken word, dance, performance, installation, 3D and 2D visual art, film, new media, and uncategorized mediums. This multi-disciplinary event will be held at the Salina Community Theatre in the Black Box Theatre on November 9, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. and will consist of up to 13 performances and an exhibition of up to 10 visual art pieces by artists whose proposals are selected. The event will also include small bites, sweet treats and a signature event cocktail in the ticket price. There will also be a cash bar with beer and wine selections. The $50 ticket price will include a $10 contribution to the YW Legacy Fund to support grants that are made from this fund every year.



Artists are encouraged to propose an original or interpreted project that will engage the audience through sight, sound, thought, touch or other artistic interaction. Successful projects   will be inspired by any aspect of the former YWCA of Salina mission including women’s growth, leadership and power to attain a common vision for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. Artists must consider the need for audience accessibility and the scale of their surroundings. Collaborations are strongly encouraged between artists in all genres (artist and musician, writer and performer, etc.). Some examples of projects include music (vocal and/or instrumental), dance, or dramatic performances; readings or performances of poems or prose; works of performance art; screenings of film or video; exhibition of two- or three-dimensional works of visual art in the SCT gallery; and collaborations between artists working in the same or different genre. Where possible, these projects should consist of original work. However, outstanding creative interpretations of works of music, theater, literature, and dance composed or created by others that fulfill the specifications and qualities (below) will be considered.


Proposals may be submitted by an individual artist or artist team. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and at least one member of a collaboration must live or work within Saline County. Women and women identifying artists of all experience levels, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, occupation, or status with regard to public assistance, or disability are encouraged to apply.   Additional help is available to artists who are new to the process. Two public information sessions will occur before the application deadline so that artists may ask questions and get the support they need prior to submitting their proposals.



To complete the submission process, be sure to complete the Artist Contact Information Form and submit it with your proposal before midnight on August 18 via email or postal mail at these addresses:

Phone:                                                        Paula Fried, 785-826-0014
Applications can be sent via email to:

Facebook:                                                  @womenofachievementsalina

Applications may be sent via USPS to: WOA, PO Box 1081, Salina, KS 67402 


Materials may be dropped off M-F between 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm at: Salina Arts & Humanities,

211 W. Iron Street, 2nd floor, Salina, KS


Click Here for the Artist Contact Information form.


Event Date: November 9, 2019 from 7 to 9p.m.

Application Period Opens: July 1, 2019 and ends August 18, 2019

Informational meeting #1: July 15, 5:30pm 

Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron Ave.

Informational meeting #2: August 1, 5:30 pm

SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, 146 S. Santa Fe.


Application Deadline (e-mailed or postmarked):                      By midnight on August 18, 2019

Artist Notification via email:                                                        On or before September 1, 2019

Installation of visual art and deadline for technical needs:    October 21, 2019 

Project Site Check:                                                                          As necessary, by appointment

Visual Art Installations completed onsite:                                 November 3, 2019

De-Installation of work before:                                                    December 20, 2019


All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist(s). If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as a joint (single) entry. If selected, artists must agree to exhibit/perform the work as proposed. All selected artists to present in the Black Box Theatre must be available to participate in the rehearsal as well at the event. Visual artists must be available to work with SCT technical staff to install on November 3. Visual artists will be asked to speak briefly about their work at the event. Rehearsal and installation dates are subject to change. Performance projects will take place in the SCT Black Box Theatre. Performance-specific scenery or equipment may be erected, but must be structurally sound, safe and provided by the artist. SCT will provide sound support appropriate for the scale of the event. The SCT and WOA Committee have a variety of resources that can be utilized. Artists should not let technical requirements prohibit them from making a proposal.  



Artists may submit up to two proposals. All proposals should be double spaced and written using a 12pt standard font. 


Successful Projects Address These Qualities:

  • Responds creatively to one or more aspects of the YWCA mission: the elimination of racism, the growth and leadership of women, and power to attain a common vision for peace, justice, freedom, equality and dignity for all people.

  • Appeals to a multi-generational audience.

  • Recognizes and promotes cultural, economic and religious diversity.


Submissions WILL NOT be rejected because they don’t fit into a listed category. If your proposal contains multiple media or does not fit into one of the submission categories, please submit under the category that comes closest.  


ALL Submissions should include:

  • A list of all artists included in the proposed work, as well as an artist bio for each artist. (Collaboration with other women or women identifying artists encouraged but not required.)

  • A concise written description of the work proposed including which portion of the YWCA mission inspired it. (Less than 500 words) 

  • Work documentation for each artist/s listed by category below.

  • Submission of the completed Artist Contact Information form.


VISUAL ART Submissions 

Installations, as well as two- and three-dimensional visual art, will be exhibited in the interior lobby of the Salina Community Theatre. Artists wishing to propose installation sites outside of the existing exhibition areas inside the lobby must consider the function of the space during the hours of operation. Artworks must be structurally sound and safe for all ages. Safety in design and installation is a key consideration.  


In addition to the four items listed above, visual artists must also submit the following:

  • A sketch/color drawing and/or model of the work proposed reflecting scale.

  • Up to 5 jpg images (300 dpi) of past projects. All photos should be numbered and include the artists/s last name.

  • Once accepted, artists will need to submit a description of the anticipated technical needs: electrical, mechanical, safety. This would include a short summary of how the work will be displayed and any technical assistance required by the artist for installation by October 21, 2019. A limited number of covered and uncovered pedestals will be available for three-dimensional work. If an artist intends to hang a piece, please note that the SCT has a wire hanging system that will be used. Artists will not be able to perforate the surface of the walls for installation. Alternative attachment systems may be proposed and the final decision will be made by the SCT technical staff.


POETRY/PROSE Submissions 

In addition to the four items listed above, writers must also submit the following:

  • Up to 3 poems (no more than 10 pages) or up to 8 pages of prose as work samples.

  • Once accepted, artists will need to submit a brief description of the anticipated technical, electrical, mechanical and safety needs required by the artist by October 21, 2019.



In addition to the four items listed above, performers must also submit the following:

  • Up to 3 video or recorded samples of past work. Each sample should be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes. You may include links. If you are unable to use links you may submit your application electronically and either mail or drop off a CD with 3 recorded/video work samples.  

  • Once accepted, artists will need to submit a brief description of the anticipated technical, electrical, mechanical and safety needs required for the event by October 21, 2019.



The jury process will be closed. Four jurors selected for their expertise in specific medium categories including Writing, Music, Visual Art, and Dance will evaluate each submission before the WOA committee makes the final selection. Up to 10 visual art pieces and up to 13 performances will be selected. There are no set numbers of selections for each medium.  



Selected artists will receive a $200 stipend for the performance/exhibition of the work proposed and will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding prior to receiving funds. Collaborations will receive a single stipend to be split amongst the artists. Each artist will also receive a complimentary ticket for a guest to the event. Collaborations will receive two tickets. 



The WOA and SCT assume no liability for artists’ lost, broken or stolen works. Artist agrees to allow WOA to use images or excerpts of their work as well as their name in the promotion of this event. Artists will retain all rights to their work and selected works will remain the property of the artists. Artists are required to follow all copyright laws.


Each applicant may submit one individual proposal and one collaborative proposal.

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