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Figment Boston issues call for submissions

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  March 7, 2012 12:20 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

A dance troupe performed at Figment Boston 2011.

The organizers of Figment Boston have issued a call for submissions for the third annual weekend-long arts event, to be held June 2-3 on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Now in its second year on the greenway, Figment Boston is unsponsored, non-commercial, free to all, and includes projects that are participatory in some way. The festival will stretch from the greenway’s Chinatown Park up through the Wharf District Parks, and this year organizers hope to include more culturally specific works within the Chinatown area.

In 2011, sunny weather helped attract hundreds who took part in the interactive experiences assembled by about 100 artists. This year, the organizers hope to have more participants, more artists, and more variety.

In an interview this week, Figment volunteers said they want to broaden the definition of the words “art” and “artist” so that everyone feels welcome to take part. They hope that some people who came to the festival last year as spectators will return this year as artists.

“One of the big goals of Figment is to be inclusive and really develop art in the community,” said Anne Lodick, a communications co-director for the festival. Her co-director Clare Densmore agreed.

“This event is really about bringing together the community and inspiring all ages in the creation and development of art,” Densmore said. “It’s definitely about breaking down the wall between spectator and artist, and I think we’re seeing that more and more with performance art in general, and it’s definitely exciting.”

Figment began in New York City in 2007 and spawned Figment Boston as its first offshoot in 2010. Last year it expanded to Jackson, Miss., and Detroit, Mich., and it continues to grow.

To help raise funds to support the festival, organizers will feature several participating artists at a Faces of Figment preview on Friday, April 20. Tickets for the event are $50 per person. For more information about Faces of Figment, visit http://figmentproject.org/fof.

Potential Figment Boston artists can submit their project ideas at http://boston.figmentproject.org/get-involved/submit-a-project/.

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