In the Soil Multi (p)Arts Festival 2021

Call for Artists

We are excited to share a long-awaited call for this year’s first [p]Art of our reimagined In the Soil Multi (p)Arts Festival! We’re starting things off with a call for submissions for a summer series of art events and happenings throughout the Niagara Region, inspired by the theme Lost / Found.

We offer Lost / Found as a poetic suggestion to spark your imagination and ignite ideas that are meant to fly in the face of COVID-19. What place, familiar space or uncharted creative territory do you want to reveal or revel in? What local architecture, landscape or neighbourhood do you want to highlight in an innovative way?

Suitcase in Point is seeking creative ideas intended for limited, physically distanced audiences. We encourage artists to think about site-specific projects and how these locations, common or unique, can illuminate creative ideas with out-of-the-box performances or installations.

What’s it going to be? Sunset soliloquies? Dead-end street drum beats? A full-length play by the creek? Neighbourhood backyard party hops between acoustic sets? What echoes and murmurs and intimate happenings throughout our cities and countryside can you imagine happening?

This summer, let’s find each other in unsuspecting places and get lost in your stories, your music, your creations, your art.

Suitcase in Point staff will work with selected artists on assessing the feasibility of ideas, developing and solidifying locations, assisting with production and technical elements and permits where necessary. All selected artists will also receive an artist fee.

Suitcase in Point recognizes a richly diverse society in the Niagara Region and beyond; as well as a duty to act in a manner that promotes equity across race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, creed, age, national origin and physical and mental abilities. Priority will be given to BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ applicants and to projects that reflect this aim.

Please take note: While we are anticipating the possibility for gathering in physically distant / small ways this summer, all programming decisions will depend on guidelines / restrictions from public health officials. Artist, audience and staff safety will be of utmost importance. 

Deadline to submit: Wednesday 17 March, 2021 – 11:59pm

Festival Steering Committee

Deanna Jones – Artistic Director / Co-Founder
Annie Wilson – Co-Founder / Committee Member
Joe Lapinski – Music Director / Web Designer / Co-Founder
Natasha Pedros – Committee Member / Visuals
Sara Palmieri – Co-Founder / Committee Member
Anah Shabbar – Programming Committee Member
Marcel Stewart – Outreach Coordinator / Committee Member
Holly Keus – Technical Coordinator / Committee Member
Alex Brown – Administrator / Committee Member
Jon Lepp – Committee Member
Tamara Jensen – Marketing and Development Director

Presented By

Festival Partners

Government Funders

Community Partners