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Solel International Moorish Cultural Renaissance –
Cultural Expo and Exhibition
Call for Artist Deadline
April 29, 2019, at 7:30 PM
Solel International is a 501(c)(3) organization that strives to ignite passion for human environmental unity and empowerment through the Arts, Culture, History, Media, Diversity and professional services. In our dedication to improve quality of life of all people, we facilitate innovation through arts and culture to municipalities, community’s organizations and individuals at their core level.
We are looking for talented dancers, visual artists, actors, art-technology, film, culinary artists, musicians, fashion designers, poets, hairstylists, turban wrappers, environmental artists, soloist and, craft-makers to help usher in the first Moorish-American Renaissance in 106 Years (1913-2019). We are searching for cultural reenactors of the metropolitan autochthonous heritages of present-day Moorish Americans that represent the Greater Houston Area. Artists will encompass or help reconstruct Moorish-American cultural uniqueness, traditions, and growth. We desire artists familiar with Moorish-American culture, and History.
Design Phase: Artist may be asked to participate in additional meetings or shows with Solel International and its partner panel to help shape the outcome for our Cultural Expo/Exhibition featuring Moorish Culture. In an attempt for fairness and to allow public participation we have the following process we wish to follow:
A. Submittals of an initial and simple Rendering, Video, Photography, PowerPoint presentations. A time line for materials is required. Please note timelines shall correspond with Artist Selection Schedule.
B. After the initial submittals are received, a panel of staff and board members will choose corresponding submissions. Each finalist chosen will receive $100.00 advance for approved sketch, rendering, video, craft or other body of work. Our Complete Budget is: $12,500
C. After the final renderings are submitted, Solel International will have a period of public comment. We will seek comments through social media and at various Houston Hosts and community meetings.
D. We will have public comments for a period of three weeks at which time the final design will be chosen.
E. The individual artists or group with the chosen submission will receive payment for completion or body of work.
F. Submission will be complete as soon as possible.
G. All entry participants (dancers, visual artists, actors, art-technology, film, culinary artists, musicians, fashion designers, poets, hairstylists, turban wrappers, environmental artists, soloist and, craft-makers) will follow the same selection schedule as listed below:
Mural Project and Artist Selection Schedule:
RFQ Released Sunday, April 07, 2019
RFQ Deadline Monday, April 29, 2019 – Meeting at 7:30pm
419 Lovett Blvd
Houston, Texas 77006
Artist and Community Review, Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Meeting at 7:30pm
Community Artist Collective
4101 San Jacinto Street, Suite 116. Houston, TX 77004
Finalist Chosen Saturday, June 8, 2019
7043 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77074
Project Completion Friday, June 21, 2019
EVENT: Moorish American Renaissance July 20, 2019
Budget: The Top Artists or Groups whose submissions are chosen for community review will each receive a payment of $100.00 for Top Rated submission to start.
1. The budget to produce a Moorish American Dance Tradition is $700.00
2. The budget to produce a Moorish American Skit is $700.00
3. The budget to produce Moorish American Fashion Pieces/Show is $1000.00
5 Fashion Pieces from 1 designer (will include fabric for a special guest)
4. The budget to produce Moorish American Cultural Cosmetology $700.00 for entrant.
5. The budget to produce Moorish American Crafts (Soap Art, Heirloom Jewelry) is $900 (3) 300 per entrant.
6. The budget to produce Moorish American Cuisine $700.00.
7. The budget to produce Moorish American Environmental Art is $1000.00
8. The budget to produce Moorish American Film or Documentary is $700.00.
9. The budget to produce Moorish American Music or Instrumentals is $800.00
10. The budget to produce Moorish American Visual Art is $900.00
11. The budget to produce Moorish American Art and Technology such as Augmented Reality, Games etc is $700.00
12. The budget to produce Moorish American Written Song Soloist, Poetry and/or oratory $500.00 (2) entrants
13. The budget to produce Moorish American Moorish Martial Arts, $500.00
14. The budget to produce Photographic Documentation of Moorish Americans , $500.00
The budget includes all artists’ fees and labor, mural making supplies, and equipment.
Eligibility: The call is open to artist or artist collaboratives over the age of 21 (if under 21 we need parent consent) – with priority given those artists who reside in Houston knows Moorish American history, and able to meet a contractual requirement, including adhering to project timeline.
Business Requirements: All Selected Artists are required to provide proof of Liability insurance.
Requirements: Submissions should reflect Moorish American History and be digestible. You are required to review, have or acquire adequate knowledge of Moorish American Subject matter from our references prior to your submittals. Your work must have a clear cultural message from the many facets of Moorish American History.
Cover Letter: The letter must be signed by the person(s) authorized to legally bind the artist and should include:
Understanding of the Project and Work Approach: Based upon the Concept and Site (above), outline artist approach to the design and implementation of the proposed mural.
Key Personnel: Describe the proposed team members and any sub-consultants with a description of the specific responsibilities of each person or sub-consultant relative to the design and implementation of the project.
Send video entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Solel International FB Page.
Experience with Similar Projects: To demonstrate its experience, the respondent should include a brief summary of each project, the project location, client name, and telephone number or a website that includes previous projects. Providing project profiles and graphic images of similar projects are encouraged.
Submission: A piece that represents the Moorish Americans of the Houston Area area and will encompass their uniqueness, traditions, and growth.
Artist Resources & Availability: Describe the availability of the artist to commit the personnel and resources necessary to carry out the project and to begin and complete work.
Questions concerning this Call: All questions about the meaning or intent of this Call are to be submitted in writing or by email to Danny Asberry El, email@example.com and CC Natasha Ashford firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpretations or clarifications considered necessary by Solel International in response to such questions will be issued by Addenda e-mailed or delivered to all parties recorded by Solel International as having received this Call for Artist. Addenda may be issued to clarify, correct, or change this Call for Artist as deemed advisable by Solel International.
Brief History of Moorish Americans.
Moorish Americans are metropolitan Autochthonous Americans that came to the Americas through some of the earliest layered human migrations from Ancient Egypt’s Dominions including Canaan and Northwest Africa, Moorish Empires that spanned to the Americas and ancient aboriginals that first came to the Americas from Southeast Asia/Oceanic Regions. Moorish Americans are a result of Pharaoh Rameses III’s exploits to the Americas during the Height of the Egyptian Dominion Eras birthing the Olmec cultural period and subsequently their migration into parts of upper North America particularly much of the gulf coast.
More came through King Juba’s expanses (he also ruled ancient Mauretania) to North American caves and corridors that mired the natural areas of Illinois, Mississippi and other segments of North America. There were also many Moors that came to the Americas through Mansa Musa’s Malian Empire. Ancient Moorish Americans found in Ancient North America were later misnamed as the “Primitive Black Nations of America”, “Mauritanian Races found near the Brazos and Nueces Rivers”, or “Copper Colored people found by Europeans in the Early Americas”. Later many Moorish Americans became subjects of Sultan Mohammed III of Morocco living on the shores of America. They faced the some of the same threat of slavery as others did although some were able to later obtain their freedom. They have been through slavery from 1774 to 1865 and proclaimed their national character and nationality in 1913 and have since been citizens of the United States of America.
They are considered a part of the ancient metropolitan indigenous peoples of America and part and partial of the American Government of today. Texas Senate Resolution 1013 acknowledges this fact. Due to similarities with certain hinderances from the Racial Integrity Act of the 1920’s, the Esteemed Moorish American Leader Noble Drew Ali’s abrupt passing, Negligent Mislabeling of the community by calling Moorish Americans words such as Indian Morians, Whites, Negros, Black, Afro-Latinos, Afro-Americans, Afro-Natives, Colored and the like, the American Mainstream Media Propaganda and suppression, American Eugenics, Redlining, Jim Crow Laws, Federal government interference, Taxation without Representation, other setbacks and having ancient indigenous bloodlines from all over, they’ve assimilated into being a subculture with only a few families knowing who Moorish American’s are.
The Moorish Americans of Houston has partnered with Solel International and Houston Arts Allaince to create perhaps the Worlds First Moorish American Renaissance in 106 Years after proclaiming the Moorish American Nationality. Celebrating their little known but highly impactful roots, celebrating Moors that have passed on and Houston’s brightest talent no matter their background, we will show all that humanity can build together, love together and culturally restore what was lost. More on Moorish History can be found here:
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WAIVER: By participating in this Program, participants (and their parents/legal guardians) waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages, attorneys' fees or any damages other than actual out-of-pocket costs incurred to enter. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with this Program, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas , without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Texas or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Texas .
Selected personnel will participate in the Renaissance and an encore cultural show to be announced.