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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell - Congo Square African Marketplace 2017

Location:
Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana (South)

Phone: (504) 410-4100
Show Dates: 4/28/17 - 5/7/17
Application Deadline: 11/29/16 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Congo Artist Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell is a joyous and spirited celebration showcasing the authentic music and heritage of Louisiana and New Orleans. It began in 1970 when 350 musicians entertained a crowd half that number in New Orleans' Congo Square. Now presenting its 48th event, the Festival is one of the most prestigious and well-attended in the nation, attracting hundreds of thousands of people annually.

The Festival is owned by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., a Louisiana non-profit corporation organized to preserve and promote the music, arts, culture and heritage indigenous to Louisiana and the New Orleans area. A two-weekend event featuring twelve stages of music, plus art and traditional food, this outdoor daytime celebration is held on the park-like infield and in the grandstand area of the historic Fair Grounds Race Course. The Crafts Fairs present works by some of Louisiana's and the nation's most talented artisans participating in three tented areas - Contemporary Crafts, Louisiana Marketplace, and Congo Square African Marketplace.

The Congo Square African Marketplace is named in honor of the historic New Orleans landmark and site of the very first Jazz Fest.  The highly competitive juried area will accept approximately fifty Artists and Vendors each weekend.  Artists make handcrafted contributions to the art of the Diaspora, while Vendors present traditional handcrafted art from the African continent.

General Information
FESTIVAL DATES & HOURS
First Weekend: April 28, 29, 30
Second Weekend: May 4, 5, 6, 7

Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily

(There are no substitute rain dates.)

REQUIREMENTS
Images: Five (5) (4 of artwork – 1 of booth display)
Application Fee $30.00

Artists work must be reflective of the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora.  Vendors items must consist of handcrated art and crafts from the African Diaspora.  If the work is not culturally relevant, please consider applying to a different crafts area. 

Prior to submiting an application, please be sure to read all ELIGIBILITY, GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC MEDIA and RULES .  Unless all criteria are met, it is not possible to process the application for jury.  For any clarification or questions, please contact us prior to applying. 


A separate application is required for each medium/category for which an artist wishes consideration.  Consult: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php: Submitting Multiiple Applications from one Profile.  A ZAPP tutorial is available.

APPLICATION FEES
Each application must be accompanied by the $30 application fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online with VISA or MASTERCARD, or pay by MONEY ORDER or CASHIERS CHECK ONLY made payable to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.  NO PERSONAL or BUSINESS CHECKS ACCEPTED.  Select "pay by check" if you choose to mail a money order or cashiers check.

NOTE: Please focus on Image Preparation before applying to the show by consulting: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php

2017 CALENDAR

NOVEMBER 29: Application deadline
JANUARY 12: Notifications emailed
FEBRUARY 24: Signed agreement, booth fee, and auto insurance due
APRIL 27: Set-up day 1st Weekend
APRIL 28 – APRIL 30: Event days 1st Weekend
MAY 3: Set-up day 2nd Weekend
MAY 4 - MAY 7: Event days 2nd Weekend

FESTIVAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Congo Square African Marketplace
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell
336 Camp Street, Suite 250
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 410-4100
Fax (504) 410-4122
congoadmin@nojazzfest.com
www.nojazzfest.com
 

Rules/Regulations
ARTIST ELIGIBILITY
Artwork must be handcrafted and reflect the culture and heritage of the African Diaspora including Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. All artwork must be of original design, produced by hand, and be created by the applicant artist.  Artists wishing to sell imported crafts must submit a separate Vendor Application.

GUIDLINES FOR SPECIFIC MEDIA
Mixed Media: Original work where the primary intent is the union of two or more media.

Painting: Original oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.  Painters wishing to sell any prints must disclose that intention and describe the printmaking processes in the artist statement which will be read to the jurors. Prints must be in limited editions of 500 or less, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.  No prints on canvas or any type of stretched fabric materials.  No photocopies and/or offset printing (poster graphics) are allowed.

Photography: Photographers may submit prints only from their own original images and must do their own printing or supervise this process. Prints must be in limited editions of 500 or less,signed and numbered on archival quality materials. No prints on canvas or any type of stretched fabric materials. Photographers are required to disclose printing processes in the artist statement which will be read to the jurors.

Digital Art:  Original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, is executed by the artist using a computer.  Prints must be in limited editions of 500 or less, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.  No prints on canvas or any type of stretched fabric materials.  Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Sculpture: Sculpture category includes free standing 3D art of any media—clay, paper, stone, wood, metal, etc.

Millinery: Artists wishing to sell any hats must submit a separate application in the millinery category.

Wearable Art: Artists wishing to sell any clothing or handbags must submit a separate application in the wearable art category. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.

Jewelry: Artists wishing to sell any jewelry must submit a separate application in the jewelry category.

If necessary, the Congo Square Coordinator reserves the right to reclassify an artist's submission to a more appropriate category.

ARTIST RULES
1. Artists are required to complete the Cultural Relevance statement describing how the artwork they intend to sell is representative of African Diaspora.  The Cultural Relevance statement will be read to the jurors.

2.  Artists may display and sell only the type of work represented in the four (4) artwork images submitted with the online application.

3. The majority of each piece must consist of handmade components. Any commercially produced parts must play a subordinate role. NO embellishment or modification of commercially manufactured products.

4. Festival expressly prohibits the following items in the crafts area: commercial kits, t-shirts, edibles/consumables, CD’s, DVD’s, audio/video tapes, books, catalogs, poster graphics, postcards/note cards, mass-distributed products or manufactured goods, factory-sewn work, strung beads/assembled work, commercially-cast plaster or clay objects, pre-manufactured or commercially-made clothing.

5. Artists wishing to sell any jewelry must submit an application in the jewelry category.

6. Artists wishing to sell any hats must submit an application in the millinery category.

7. The Festival logo and the words “New Orleans Jazz Fest,” “New Orleans Jazz Festival,” “Jazz Festival,” “Jazz & Heritage Festival,” “New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,” “Louisiana Heritage Fair,” “Jazz Fest,” “Congo Square African Marketplace,” and “Congo Square Festival” are registered trademarks and neither they nor any colorable imitation thereof can be used on any merchandise without license by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

8. Joint applicants must both contribute to the creation of the work.

9. Any artist applying to more than one crafts area (Contemporary, Congo Square, or Louisiana Marketplace) must submit a separate application and set of five (5) images for each.  Consult: https;//www.zapplication.org/help-center.php: Submitting Multiple Applications from one Profile.  A ZAPP tutorial is available.  However, artists accepted in more than one crafts area, may exhibit in only one section of the Festival.

10. Each artist must be present in the assigned booth and keep it open throughout the official hours of the Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the contracted artist. Failure to comply may cause booth closure with forfeiture of all fees and/or affect future applications.

11. Artists may not transfer or otherwise reassign booth spaces. Failure to comply may cause booth closure with forfeiture of all fees and/or affect future applications.

12. For educational purposes, the Festival requires that artists describe and in some cases demonstrate their craft process to the public. All exhibiting artists are required to display an Artist’s Statement in a prominent place within their booth.

13. For Festival records, each artist will be required to submit a daily total of all sales. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility the following year or next application.

14. Each exhibitor must comply with all Festival rules and regulations as well as city, state, and federal laws.

15. Applicants must be minimum age of 18.

APPLICATIONS NOT MEETING THE REQUIRED CRITERIA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

ARTIST APPLICATION IMAGES
1. Each applicant must submit four (4) digital artwork images that best represent current work along with one (1) digital image of booth display. Note: this is a blind jury process; there should be NO images with identifiable signatures, signage or photo of the artist. Images with any identifying information will result in jury score point deduction.

2. Artwork Image Guidelines: If artist intends to exhibit both production and one-of-a-kind or high end work, images must illustrate each type proportionally. No production work or inordinate proportion of work not represented in images is permitted.

3. Booth Image Guidelines: The booth image represents a full view of the booth display and should not be empty but filled with your artwork. If a booth image is unavailable, the artist may submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the Festival. Jurors will be able to note scale and dimension. Most important, the booth display image must have a similiar body of work as the four other artwork images.  If production work shows in the booth display image, that same percentage of production work must be reflected in the artwork images. If the artwork images show four one-of-a-kind or high end pieces, then your booth image should be filled with ONLY one-of-a-kind or high end work.  In addition, the booth image instantly reflects the artist's ability to showcase their work, further representing that artist's particular aesthetic.  Note: this is a blind jury process; there should be NO images with identifiable signatures, signage or photo of the artist.  Images with any identifying information will result in jury score point deduction.

4. All images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format. Consult: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php: Image Preparation.  A ZAPP tutorial is available.

VENDOR ELIGIBILITY
Artwork exhibited in Congo Square African Marketplace must consists of items from the African continent.  All art and crafts must be produced by hand, no commercial or mass production allowed.

VENDOR GUIDELINES
  • Only authentic crafts from the African Diaspora are allowed.
  • Absolutely no trinket vending or costume jewelry allowed.
  • Vendors wishing to sell any jewelry must submit an application in the jewelry category.
  • Only vendors accepted in the millinery category may display and sell hats.
  • Soap, bath salts, and Indonesian wraps are strictly prohibited.
  • Absolutely no commercially produced or manufactured items are allowed.
  • Vendors can display a maximum of only six (6) media categories. (Example: clothing, jewelry, stone sculpture, paintings, wooden masks, basketry).
  • Each image must show a clear, close-up shot of the craft items (not to exceed the six (6) media categories.)
  • One image must show the vendor’s booth display.Vendors are required to complete the image information portion of this application, specifically highlighting the materials used and the country of origin.

    VENDOR RULES
    1.  Vendors are required to complete the Cultural Relevance statement describing how the items they intend to sell are representative of African Diaspora arts and crafts.  The Cutlural Relevance statement will be read to the jurors.

    2. Vendors may display and sell only the type of work represented in the four (4) artwork images submitted with the online application.

    3. The majority of each piece must consist of handmade components. Any commercially produced parts must play a subordinate role. NO embellishment or modification of commercially manufactured products.

    4. Festival expressly prohibits the following items in the crafts area: commercial kits, t-shirts, edibles/consumables, CDs, DVDs, audio/video tapes, books, catalogs, poster graphics, postcards/note cards, mass-distributed products and jewelry, manufactured goods, factory-sewn work, assembled work, commercially-cast plaster or clay objects, or pre-manufactured clothing.

    5. Vendors wishing to sell any jewelry must submit an application in the jewelry category.

    6. The Festival logo and the words “New Orleans Jazz Fest,” “New Orleans Jazz Festival,” “Jazz Festival,” “Jazz & Heritage Festival,” “New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,” “Louisiana Heritage Fair,” “Jazz Fest,” “Congo Square African Marketplace” and “Congo Square Festival” are registered trademarks and neither they nor any colorable imitation thereof can be used on any merchandise without license by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

    7. Each vendor must be present in the assigned booth and keep it open throughout the official hours of the Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the contracted vendor.  Failure to comply may cause booth closure with forfeiture of all fees and/or affect future applications.

   8. Vendors may not transfer or otherwise reassign booth spaces.

    9. For educational purposes, the Festival requires that vendors describe materials used and the country of origin for imports on display. Vendors are required to display this information in a prominent place within their booth.

    10. For Festival records, each vendor will be required to submit a daily total of all sales. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility the following year or next application.

    11. Each exhibitor must comply with all Festival rules and regulations as well as city, state, and federal laws.

    12.  Applicants must be a minimum age of 18.

    APPLICATIONS NOT MEETING THE REQUIRED CRITERIA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    VENDOR APPLICATION IMAGES
    1. Each applicant must submit four (4) digital artwork images that best represent work along with one (1) digital image of booth display.  Each image must show a clear, close-up shot of the craft items (not to exceed the six (6) media categories.) Note: this is a blind jury process; there should be NO images with identifiable signatures, signage or photo of the artist. Images with any identifying information will result in jury score point deduction.

    2. Artwork Image Guidelines: If vendor intends to exhibit both production and one-of-a-kind or high end work, images must illustrate each type proportionally. No production work or inordinate proportion of work not represented in images is permitted.

    3. Booth Image Guidelines: The booth image represents a full view of the booth display and should not be empty but filled with your artwork. If a booth image is unavailable, the vendor may submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the Festival. Jurors will be able to note scale and dimension. Most important, the booth display image must have a similiar body of work as represented in the four (4) other artwork images.  In addition, the booth image instantly reflects the vendor's ability to showcase their displayed items.  Note: this is a blind jury process; there should be NO images with identifiable signatures, signage or photo of the artist.  Images with any identifying information will result in jury score point deduction.

    4. All images must be in 1920 pixel horizontal x 1920 pixel vertical format. Consult: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php: Image Preparation.  A ZAPP tutorial is available.

JURY PROCESS
An outside panel consisting of peers and art professionals reviews all submissions and selects exhibitors. A new panel is seated each year.

1. A code number is assigned for each application, so that jurying is anonymous.

2. Artists and Vendors are juried separately.

3. Selection criteria include Cultural Relavance, creativity, uniqueness, concept and craftsmanship, as well as the need to achieve a balance of media categories.

4. Artist and Vendor Information Statement is read to the jury. The process, materials, and dimensions for each image will also be made available to the jury.

5. The Cultural Relevance statement is read to the jury.

6. Applications not selected by the jury panel will not be further considered.

THIS IS A JURIED SHOW AND AS SUCH, PREVIOUS PARTICIPATION IN THIS FESTIVAL DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE.

CRAFTS AGREEMENT
1. Each selected artist/vendor will be required to sign the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s “Crafts Agreement.”

2. Notification of selection is preliminary only and is not binding on the Producer or the Foundation, which reserves the right to reject any selected applicant at its sole discretion.

3. Until the applicant’s booth rental fee is paid in full and the “Crafts Agreement” is signed and fully executed by the selected applicant and then countersigned by the responsible Festival representative, the Foundation shall have no contractual or other obligation whatsoever to the selected applicant.

INSURANCE
Included in the booth fee is personal liability insurance which includes product liability coverage applicable during artist’s operations at the Festival.  Details regarding product liability insurance will be available upon acceptance into the Festival.

Any vehicle entering the Festival site must have proof of valid automobile insurance.

SALES TAX & LICENSES
Each artist/vendor permitted to sell crafts or other merchandise at the Festival must obtain all necessary tax permits and licenses and must comply with all tax regulations of the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans. State and City officials will come on-site during the Festival to collect all applicable license fees and taxes from participating artists.



 

Booth Information
BOOTH FEES include PRODUCT LIABILITY and AMENITIES.

FIRST WEEKEND

Artist Corner: $1240
Artist Shared Corner: $740/each**
Artist Demo Cornner: $940
Vendor Corner: $1440
Vendor Shared Corner: $840/each**

SECOND WEEEKEND
Artist Corner: $1540
Artist Shared Corner: $890/each**
Artist Demo Corner: $1115
Vendor Corner: $1740
Vendor Shared Corner: $990/each**

Artist Pioneer: $2590
Vendor Pioneer: $2990

**Only two (2) artists/vendors may share a booth. Demonstrators may not share.

Artists/Vendors may rent a booth for only one weekend of the event. Preference for weekend and booth type may be indicated on the application form, however the Festival does not guarantee preferred choice.

Booth fees must be paid following receipt of acceptance packet and will not be refunded in the case of rain or other events beyond the Producer’s reasonable control. Payment can be accepted in the form of MASTER CARD or VISA, MONEY ORDERS or CASHIERS CHECKS ONLY.  NO PERSONAL or BUSINESS CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.  Please indicate on Zapplication your preferred method of payment. (Select "pay by check" if you choose to mail a money order or cashiers check.)

BOOTH DISPLAY
1. Booth spaces measure approximately 10’ x 10’ and are housed within
20’ x 20’ tents. The front opening of each booth is approximately 8’ high.

2. No signage or décor is permitted outside booth.

3. Artist/Vendor must provide BACK AND SIDE WALLS for the booth.

4. Festival does not provide tables, chairs, or electricity.

5. All booth displays must comply with the American for Disabilities Act (ADA).

6. Booth displays must look professional and should be designed creatively.

7. Exhibitors are required to display an Artist’s/Vendor's Statement in a prominent place within their booth.

ON-SITE EVALUATION
During the Festival, jurors and staff will evaluate every artist’s/vendor's work to ensure compliance with eligibility, guidelines and rules. This includes checking the participant’s work against the images submitted with the application. Negative evaluations may cause booth closure with forfeiture of all fees and/or affect future applications.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival reserves the right to require the removal of any objects which, in its sole determination, are not representative of, or equal in quality and/or proportion to, the work depicted in the artist’s images.

AWARDS
Congo Square African Marketplace will present four awards each weekend: Best of Show, Most Unique Work, Best Display, and Best Vendor.
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