17th Annual Northwest Justice Forum REQUEST FOR ART/PERFORMANCE PROPOSALS Dates: June 20th-22nd, 2023 Portland Community College, Cascade Campus Portland, OR Proposal Due Date: 5:00 PM, January 31st, 2023
NOTE: When you click the "Submit Proposal" button above, a 20-minute countdown timer will begin. Don't worry! When the timer runs out you can request more time and your progress will not be affected. It may help to have your session description ready in a separate Word document so you can copy/paste into the submission form.
The NW Justice Forum fosters the gathering of individuals committed to, or interested in learning about, the principles and values of Restorative Justice. We gather to increase understanding, share practical application, ensure cultural inclusion, and explore theoretical implications of living and working restoratively in the Northwest.
The Northwest Justice Forum is seeking proposals from Artists, Musicians and Poets for its 17th Annual Forum in 2023. We know that Restorative Justice can be expressed in myriad ways, not least of all through the arts. The NW Justice Forum is aiming to highlight and promote these expressions through visual art, music, and performance. Do you have a talent or skill that demonstrates the values and principles of Restorative Justice, such as healing, community strength, resilience, connection, empowerment, accountability, unity, or growth? If so, please submit your proposal today!
(If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop session rather than a performance-based presentation, please see our workshop RFP here).
Theme: Expressions of Restorative Justice
Three key areas of focus for the conference are:
Restorative Justice Inspires: What does RJ sound like, look like, feel like in your practice and your community?
Restorative Justice Supports Truth-Telling: What important stories and experiences does RJ allow to be better heard?
Restorative Justice Incorporates: What other work in our community is intersecting with RJ?
While art, music, performance and poetry with a primary focus on "Expressions of Restorative Justice” are particularly sought, any art that furthers the understanding and/or implementation of restorative justice will be considered. Applicants should consider and highlight those aspects of their proposal that align with the three foci of the Forum’s theme (bulleted above). Presentations/performances/art about work that aligns with restorative justice but is not called “restorative justice” will also be considered.
Audience The conference is designed for restorative justice practitioners, justice and court system personnel, victim services/advocacy staff, people with lived experience of the court system/formerly incarcerated individuals, law enforcement, school personnel, students, community members, and non-profit service providers.
Art Displays If submitting a piece of physical art, please specify the dimensions and weight of the piece, and indicate whether it will stand on its own or need to be hanged, etc.
Performance Format If you are submitting a proposal for a type of performance (poetry reading, theatrical or musical performance, etc.) we encourage creative proposals that emphasize the values and principals of Restorative Justice. Due to the artistic and fluid nature of this request, we are interested in hearing from YOU about what the format of your performance would look like. Is it a skit? Great! How long is your skit, and what would you need? Is it spoken word poetry? Fantastic! How much time would you need in the spotlight? Please be specific about your format needs and, upon acceptance, the NWJF will do its best to accommodate.
Performance Length The length of your performance should be clearly articulated in your proposal. The NWJF may request that you adjust the time based on Forum needs.
Performance Coordinator All performances involving more than one presenter need a designated contact person who will serve as the primary liaison to NWJF in terms of conference planning and communication. Coordinators are responsible for organizing, introducing and facilitating their performance as well as providing NWJF with all necessary information and materials (if applicable) prior to the conference.
Audio-Visual Equipment It is important that you indicate in your proposal any audio-visual needs that you have for your performance. We will provide more information about what is available at the venue once those details are confirmed. The Performance Coordinator will be responsible to bring any specialized equipment or props not supplied by the venue.
Performer Discount Performers/Artists/Poets may attend the day of their performance for free. If presenters wish to attend additional days, they will pay the regular rate.
Performer(s)/Poets/Artist Registration If you wish to attend sessions on the day of your performance, we ask that you register for the workshop sessions you would like to attend (even though there is no cost). If you attend additional days, please register for these as well. Registration forms will be available approximately on or before March 2023 and can be found on the Northwest Justice Forum website.
Submission Process and Deadline Proposals are due January 31, 2023. Proposals will be selected on the basis of relevance to the conference theme, and to create a diverse program. To submit a proposal please complete the electronic application above.
Your proposal must include all of the following information: 1) Performer Information
Performance Coordinator: If there is more than one performer in your act, designate who will serve as the Performance Coordinator.
Give the full name, official title, address, email, and telephone numbers for each artist/performer.
Submit a short bio for each artist/performer.
2) Performance Length
Specify your preference for the length of your performance.
Specify whether you are willing to offer your performance more than once during the conference.
3) Descriptive Title and Short Description
Provide your recommended performance/art piece title and a description of your performance (no more than 100 words). If accepted, your title and description will be used in conference materials. We may edit either the title or the description, but will discuss any changes with you before publication.
4) Performance Scheduling
We will schedule your performance based on your availability in conjunction with the needs of the Forum.
Proposal Selection Proposals will be reviewed by the NWJF Steering Committee. Proposals that align most closely with the conference theme will receive highest priority.
Notification You will be notified via e-mail of your proposal’s acceptance by February 13, 2023. In the meantime, please pencil in the forum dates on your calendar to ensure your availability upon notification of acceptance.
Thank You! On behalf of NWJF, thank you very much for your time and energy in preparing and submitting your proposal by 5:00 PM PST, January 31st, 2023.
We look forward to seeing you at the 17th Annual NWJF!
NW Justice Forum a collaborative effort of restorative justice practitioners across Idaho, Oregon and Washington The NW Justice Forum is a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531.