Kwanzaa in August (KIA) Festival

August 3-5, 2018

Calls for Submissions

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the Kwanzaa in August (KIA) Festival will showcase 10 short films produced by African-American filmmakers residing in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. The films must not be longer than 20 minutes and can be one of the following film genres: documentary, comedy, horror, or drama. Click here to submit


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During the Kwanzaa in August (KIA) Festival, workshops, panels, mixers and performances will highlight the brilliant minds that exist within our communities and allow us all to come together and build. Are you a thought-leader with insight that would benefit our festival-goers? We are featuring pop-up talks showcasing the thought leaders within our DMV community who are demonstrating through action how to put principles of Kwanzaa into practice. Do you have insight? Submit to be a speaker today! 

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A Kwanzaa in August Pop-Up Exhibit

Entry Deadline: July 17

Kwanzaa in August Festival
(Aug 3-5)
Anacostia Arts Center
Washington, DC

Festival info:

It is 2018 and the thought of living unboxed and unbroken within a cultural landscape that oscillates between restriction and outlandishness is revolutionary. Co-curated by photographer, filmmaker and multi-disciplinary creative Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, this exhibit will present visual art from DMV-based artists that depict the exhibit’s theme of living unapologetically as a Black person within progressively oppressive conditions that also illuminate extraordinary rebellion. We ask submitting artists to submit work that depicts this remarkable contradiction that shows the best of us in not-so-always-great circumstance.
Submissions will be accepted until  5pm on July 17th.
Submission Criteria:
– Open to all  artists of African descent (African-American, African, Caribbean, etc.) who were born and/or have been living for at least a year in the Washington DC metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA), including Baltimore, MD.
- Open to full time students and professional artists.
– All entries must be original to entrant. Must be framed with hanging wire on back. No exceptions.

Please submit your best
– Size framed may be up to 38”W x 42”H (including frame)
– Submission Fee for First  Entry: FREE. Additional entries $10 ea.
– Liberated Muse Arts Group retains a 15% commission on all work sold. 

All selected submissions will be featured in the physical pop-up exhibition from Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5, 2018.  The exhibit opening reception kicks-off the Kwanzaa in August festival on Friday, August 3 and all selected artists will be the featured guests of the event.

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