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Call To Artists: Bare Bones Café

A Community-Sourced Museum Experience

Application window: January 1 – February 1, 2018

The Rockwell is a community center where education and entertainment intersect. In 2018 our beloved building, Old City Hall, turns 125! The building holds a long history as a community center; that’s why we’re inviting artists and performers from the greater Corning community to use an empty gallery as their laboratory and creative gathering place, April 27 – May 12, 2018.

At the heart of this pop-up gallery is a challenge – how can an artist present their vision with only bare bones staging? The Rockwell provides the space and limited equipment – the artist brings the space to life.

Bare Bones Café will be a museum experience included with regular admission prices and open to any visitors of the museum. A short-term Rockwell Museum membership may be purchased for those wishing to attend throughout the entire program. Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be available to guests as part of the experience.

Interested? Download Proposal Packet

How does it work?

  • Artists submit a proposal to be part of the Bare Bones Café schedule, to be held at The Rockwell during regular museum hours, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 – May 12, 2018.
  • The Rockwell will identify acceptable proposals and set a schedule based on the artist’s feedback and availability, with the intention of having several artists present each day.
  • An artist may propose as many projects as they wish or may collaborate on multiple proposals.
  • Based on availability, there may be the option to present multiple times.
  • The Rockwell will provide basic equipment as requested. Please see the proposal guidelines on the next page for a list of available equipment. All other materials or equipment must be provided by the artist and pre-approved by the Museum.  
  • The artist is responsible for planning the layout and set-up of the space. To encourage minimalism, only 15 minutes will be allotted for set-up and tear-down.
  • Performances will be filmed and live-streamed via
  • Acceptable proposals include (but are not limited to) acoustic music, dance, theatrical performance, poetry reading, spoken word, comedy, vocal performance, artist demonstrations, art talks, book review, local history presentation, film or video screening.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Confirmation to Artists

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Finalized Schedule of Events

Friday, March 16, 2018

Kick-Off Event

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 5 – 8 p.m.

Bare Bones Café

April 27 – May 12, 2018 | Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Final Day & Closing Party

Saturday, May 12, 2018 | Time TBD


Interested? Download Proposal Packet