The Vaccine Vial Project

The ICA San José and SVCreates invites West Coast artists to submit proposals for the Vaccine Vial Project – a large-scale, installation at a local hospital, health center or community vaccination site to premier summer of 2021. Art can be an important tool in helping us process and memorialize difficult experiences and collective grief. This project asks artists to reflect on the loss and emotional toll we collectively experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, while honoring the hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance of our healthcare workers. Installed during the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, this project will prominently feature empty vaccine vials. We hope the installation evokes responses, spurs conversations and connects with all the communities we serve in Santa Clara County.

Artists will be provided an $8,000 stipend to go towards the production of the project, including materials, transportation and installation. The artist will be provided with the empty vials.

Open to West Coast artists in all media.

Review Process and Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by representatives from – ICA San José, SVCreates, VMC Foundation and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

The criteria by which we will be considering each proposal are as follows:

+ Artistic strength and emotional impact of project
+ Accessibility to engage a diverse audience, with emphasis on communities that have been impacted the most by the COVID-19 pandemic
+ Vaccine vials will be provided and must be used in the project (artist can anticipate to have access to around one thousand empty vaccine vials, it is not require to use the full amount)
+ Feasibility of project (scale, scope, legal, financial, and otherwise)
+ Although not required, it is ideal that the artwork will be able to be transported to other locations
+ Timeline

Project submissions due May 24th
+ Artists will be notified by June 11th
+ Project installed late August – September 2021 (tentative) 
How to Apply: complete the google form below and submit all documents by May 24th, 2021.

About SVCreates
Established in 2013, SVCreates is a non-profit dedicated to accelerating Silicon Valley’s creative culture. SVCreates was created from a merging of the Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1st ACT Silicon Valley. SVCreates builds on Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development and the Artist Laureate program, and on 1stACT Silicon Valley’s dynamic role in incubating innovative programs and initiatives. SVCreates builds the creative sector’s capacity, raises the value and visibility of the creative sector, and increases access to arts and creativity. And, publishes Content Magazien to further provide promotion and support of hte local creatice scene.

About the VMC Foundation
The VMC Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 as the community fundraising arm for SCVMC, believes that philanthropy drives innovation and efficiency. The VMC Foundation lives and breathes the mission to support the values and people of this region that here in Silicon Valley, a land of perceived plenty where so many struggle to make ends meet, that all are cared for. The VMC Foundation operates programs and funds supported entirely by donors to benefit nearly every part of SCVMC, from pediatrics to rehab to trauma services.

About Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is one of the finest county hospitals in America, provider of care to 1 in 4 valley residents. It’s home to San Jose’s only top level trauma center, and offers world-class specialty and primary care services that make the long-delayed dream of health care equality a possibility. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center stands for the proposition that no matter how much money you earn, what kind of job you have or what language you speak at home, you will always have access to the healthcare you need. For decades, SCVMC has been acting on that mission.

About the Institute of Contemporary Art San José
Established in 1980, The Institute of Contemporary Art San José (ICA) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum committed to examining the most urgent contemporary issues through the lens of artistic practice. Located in downtown San José, the ICA provides a platform for changing the enlarging and broadening the art historical canon, providing visibility and critical examination for the most inclusive selection of artists of the Bay Area and beyond. The ICA is equally committed to reflecting the diversity of its audiences and offering engagement with the best contemporary art practice for free