Take joy to the streets of Boston!

Rolling application. (Early submissions encouraged.) Deadline August 28.

Now + There seeks exuberant, publicly-minded performers and groups to be featured participants in the Augment parade -- Boston’s first-ever parade of joy, presented in conjunction with a new public artwork, Augment, by Nick Cave. We are specifically seeking diverse dancers, movement performers, musicians and marching bands, and arts organizations interested in making art accessible to all to join us. Think steel drum band, youth dancers, drag queens, and wheelchair performers! Performers representative of Boston’s multiplicity of cultural experiences are encouraged to apply. 

The parade will be a three-mile procession from the Boston Center for the Arts to Upham’s Corner and will serve to invite the public into an art-filled day of togetherness and JOY++. The parade will also bring Nick Cave’s inflatable sculpture from the South End to its final destination for installation in Upham’s Corner culminating in a celebratory street festival with partners DS4Si and Company One (inPublic Festival) and Upham’s Corner Health Center (Arts and Health Street Festival).

All selected performers will receive a stipend of between $50 and $500 for their participation. Non-performers and the general public are welcome and encouraged to join the parade too but this call is strictly for paid performers. 

What: Augment is a singular artwork, a community parade, and a call for Boston to come together in public and cultivate shared joy. This public parade on September 14, 2019 is an artist-led parade that joins the tradition of vibrant community processions in Boston. 

Why join the Augment parade:

  • To foster joy on the streets of Boston

  • To celebrate and manifest togetherness across cultures, neighborhoods, and experience

  • To share your unique art and talent and demonstrate Boston’s multitude of cultures

  • To be a significant part of this landmark procession led by internationally-renowned artist Nick Cave 

When: September 14, 11 AM - 1 PM

  • 9 AM: Parade prep and line-up 

  • 11 AM: Parade steps off from the Boston Center for the Arts

  • 1 PM: Parade ends in Upham’s Corner

  • inPublic street festival with DS4Si to follow

Questions? Please email info@nowandthere.org and we will update this call with FAQs.


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