call for artists

This years theme is “Adelante, the future: Water-Front Markets • Pop-up Art Event”

In an experimental spirit, we welcome artists interested in moving from the traditional studio, gallery and museum space into the freedom of an outdoor landscape setting with site specific and community accessible art, by making a themed-seating-parklet or vignette, sited on the water front of the Hudson.

JURIED BY: ­­Kathleen Rickling, Director of Public Arts Programs and former Curator at ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY. Research assistant at Museum of Modern Art, NYC



FESTIVAL: September 14, 2019

Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival is excited to announce a Call for Entry, to its HAVERSTRAW RIVERART PROJEX: 4, Live Art Event • Freedom to Fly.  To be held in Emeline Park, located on the shore of the Hudson River in the Village of Haverstraw, September 24th, 2017.

In an experimental spirit, HAVERSTRAW RIVERART PROJEX: 4, Live Art Event, Freedom to Fly, welcomes artists interested in moving from the traditional studio, gallery and museum space into the freedom of an outdoor landscape setting.

The Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival's HAVERSTRAW RIVERART PROJEX: 4, Live Art Event, is an interactive art project assembled on site with a mission to express and interpret the “cultural landscape” of this vibrant river town through art, celebrating the strength of melding its diverse cultural heritage with the mixing of the mediums, wind + light + water + sound.  The art may take the form of any art media that can withstand the weather and site conditions for one day.  Immersive mixed media installations of sculpture, painting, mixed media, tactical and site performance, temporal installations, video, sound projections, or multimedia digital platforms are acceptable.

Artists must be crowd interactive and on site from 11am until the festival ends at 5pm. 

Teams are encouraged due to time restraint.

Up to 4 selected artists or artist teams will receive a $400 honorarium per submission.

Artists must submit a brief description for all planned installations. Renderings and sketches are helpful. Individual Artists may apply but artist teams are encouraged to apply. All proposals are due on July 14th, 2017.


Today, Downtown Haverstraw is a collection of multiple Latino, Black and European ethnicities, modern Hudson Valley settlers from Manhattan and Brooklyn, a burgeoning artist community, distinctive bed and breakfasts, and culinary treasures offering foods from near and far. This walkable, urban downtown boasts preserved architecture from nearly every American vernacular, juxtaposed between the Village's built environment and its surrounding natural drama is ever present. Although the Village is very well connected to New York City via Metro North Railroad and NY Waterway Ferry, it remains a unique and distinct enclave for artistic, culinary and musical experimentation and opportunity, all the while isolated and insulated from the surrounding suburban uniformity.  

Records indicate that the first residents of Haverstraw were the Native American, Munsee speaking Rumachenank, of the Lenni-Lenape Nation.  Haverstraw’s colonial history goes back to its naming by Henry Hudson in the 1600s.  Boasting abundant beds of blue and yellow clay in its dense marshland, Haverstraw became the greatest brick-producing region in the nation beginning in the early 18th century. At it's brickmaking height, the Village employed thousands in related industry, contained dozens of brickyards, and produced millions of bricks annually to build New York City, as well as St. Petersburg, Russia, during the 19th and 20th century population boom. 

An existing rock quarry on the Palisades Escarpment spurred the early 20th century conservation movement. A play named for the crown of the Palisades and its highest peak, High Tor, won the Pulitzer Prize and kicked off mass interest in land conservation leading to the first instances of land preservation in New York State with the creation of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Earlier, High Tor was a Revolutionary War communication beacon hosting watch fires that notified the Continental Army of British ship and troops movements. Haverstraw is the home of the infamous Treason of Benedict Arnold and British Major John Andre. The Village is known for its outsized collection of exceptional moments in history including the first American Communist colony experiment, Captain Kidd's hidden treasure, stunning Tiffany church windows, a house that inspired Edward Hopper and Alfred Hitchcock, and a violent landslide that claimed nearly 20% of the Villages downtown. In its heyday, Haverstraw hosted six Off-Broadway and Vaudeville theatres, was the site of early film studios and industry experimentation and the first made-for-television film containing Julie Andrew’s screen debut with Bing Crosby. The Village has a very long history of fostering art and creativity.

INSTALLATIONS:  Installations are temporary and must withstand natural elements for the period of the festival.  Artists will have to take their sculpture when they leave at the end of the festival. While the Festival Committee will be able to provide some assistance, artists will be responsible for installing and de-installing their work.  The Festival does not officially start until 11am, however artists will be able to set up at 8 am and begin working. We suggest participants make any plans, designs, patterns, armatures, frames, supports, stands, etc. before arriving since they will only have 6 hours to work.  Artists can use any materials they like.  The Festival Committee may be able to give limited assistance in gathering materials if they are indigenous.  You will be working outdoors in the park.  Electricity will be supplied but limited.  The Festival Committee suggests site meetings ahead of the festival date - by appointment.


 SUBMISSION DEADLINE:                            July 14th, 2017

 WINNERS ANNOUNCED:                            July 28th, 2017

 (Winners will be contacted via email and announced on our website and social media.) 

 Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival:      September 24th, 2017


Email your application to­­ by July 14th, 2017. 

Required:  A digital folder with:

- A 300 word or less proposal that includes the media and scale.

- Resume 

- Up to 10 images of recent work.  (Digital specifications can be found on

- An image script, which should include title, medium, dimension, and date.

NOTE:  Please size your images no larger than 2000 pixels max H or W, at a resolution of 72 dpi and format them as RGB JPGs. You may send up to 10 images.  Describe your images in your proposal.  Digital images should be in a folder and clearly labeled so that they match the description using two digits (01, 02, 03, etc.) and your name in the following format: LastName_FirstName_01.jpg.  Do not submit CDS.  All images must be uploaded digitally.

For additional questions about the application, or for specifics of Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival call for entry, please contact us at: (845) 708-5098.

Haverstraw RiverArts committee members will announce finalists from all submitted applications that have met our guidelines, based on artistic merit, by July 14th, 2017.

Haverstraw RiverArts juror, ­­­­­­Sara Pasti will choose finalists from all submitted applications that have met our guidelines, based on artistic merit, by July 28th.

The Haverstraw River Arts Festival & Music Festival seeks to bring the community together through an artistic celebration of the Village of Haverstraw and the river that runs through it.  The Festival includes live bands ranging from Indie Rock to Latin Jazz, crafts and food venders, an outdoor Haverstraw Tile project, in which children of all ages, paint and glaze tiles, which will be installed in an outdoor public mural at a later date, children’s kite event and the contemporary artists’ live art installations. 

This year’s festival will again include sailings n the South Street Seaport Schooner, Pioneer.


 Haverstraw RiverArts provides artistic, cultural and historical programming that enriches the quality of life of residents, fosters unity within the community and beyond its borders. This community organization was founded in 2014 by a core group of Rockland County based professional artists and community leaders with diverse backgrounds. We believe that all people should have access to quality art, music, performances and education regardless of age, race, gender or financial status.