Call for Entries: Urban Adamah Jewish Art Installation Competition

24 May

Call for Submissions – Mural, Painting or Mixed Media
Summer 2012

Deadline: June 20, 2012

Urban Adamah, a non-profit community farm and Jewish environmental education center in West Berkeley, California, seeks proposals for the creation of an original piece of art to be installed at the entrance of our farm.


The art installation should be inspired by the core Jewish agricultural holidays of Passover, Shavuot and/or Sukkot, and explore aspects of these holidays’ political, agricultural, social and/or cultural history. The piece should also be informed by Urban Adamah’s core values of chessed (kindess), tzedakah (justice) and ahava (love).

The winning piece of art will be installed on the side of our office building, which directly faces the entrance to the farm. Therefore, the space is most conducive to a painting or mural, but we are open to considering other proposals. The work must be flat, able to be installed to the front wall of our office building and waterproof.

The allotted space for the art installation is approximately 18 feet wide by 7 feet high, although the piece does not have to take up the entire space. The installation could also be created on one or more panels. Proposals for the reproduction of a current artwork or new concepts will be considered.

Artist Prize

The selected artist will receive $720.

Additionally, Urban Adamah will cover the costs of all supplies and materials, as well as installation costs. This prize was provided by an anonymous donation to Urban Adamah. If the art piece is not created locally, Urban Adamah will pay for shipping to our site in Berkeley, CA.


Applications Due: June 20, 2012
Winning Artist Selected: July 1, 2012
Installation of Piece: On or before August 20, 2012

To Apply

Send cover letter to [email protected] with the following information:

1. Your name, address, email address.

2. Resume.

3. Brief description of the installation concept, including information about the materials used, size/dimensions of the installation and a budget that the installation will cost to create.

4. Sketches or imaging of the artwork, submitted as attachments to the application email.

5. Portfolio of your work that includes projects that in some way relate to the piece you imagine for Urban Adamah. These items should be posted in an easy to access web link or sent to us in a CD.

Organizational Background 

Urban Adamah (“Adamah” means earth in Hebrew) is a community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center located in Berkeley, CA. We raise 10,000 pounds of organic produce, all of which is donated to local food banks and other community-based food security agencies. The farm is operated by Adamah Fellows, Jewish young adults in their 20s, who spend three months participating in a residential leadership training program that integrates organic farming, social activism and progressive Jewish living and learning. We offer year-round educational programs to children, families and individuals in the Greater Bay Area, welcoming approximately 5,000 visitors a year. For more information please visit us at

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