“Mi Gente Siempre Responde” Public Art Banners Project: Call for Visual Art

Radio station Poder1110 and artist Shey Rivera Ríos present “Mi Gente Siempre Responde”, a public art banners project.

We invite Rhode Island-based Latinx artists to submit visual art portraits of Latinx healthcare workers from their families or communities, to celebrate their hard work. These portraits will be transformed as public art banners that will have health-related information to help protect our communities from COVID-19. These banners will be installed in designated locations in the predominantly Latinx neighborhoods of Providence, as vetted by local community leaders in Mayor Elorza’s Latinx Taskforce for COVID-19 Response.

The artwork will also be part of a virtual exhibit (details coming soon) and local radio station Poder 1110 will interview via phone the healthcare workers depicted on the portraits. Their stories will be featured in the radio station’s programming.

Submissions must be:

  • graphic art, illustration, or images of paintings
  • high resolution images (300dpi or larger)

Each awarded artist will receive a $350 stipend for their work. NOTE: our aim is to select one work per artist to showcase a broad range of talent.

This call for submissions will close on June 10 at 8PM.

To submit, please complete the form below. E-mail sheyriv@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.





Fields for Submission Form

  • Email
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Rhode Island City/Neighborhood
  • Who you chose to depict in the portrait and why
  • Work sample upload (jpg or pdf)
  • How should we contact you?

Working Timeline

  • May 20th Call-for-Submissions Open
  • June 10th Call-for-Submissions Close
  • July 1st Art Selected
  • July 10th Banners produced
  • July 15th Banners installed

Support for this project is provided by PODER 1110, the City of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the City of Providence’s COVID-19 Latinx Taskforce, and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism with funding from RI State Council for the Arts (RISCA), and the Healthy Communities Office.


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