Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Columbia Heights Community Marketplace / Call to Artists

The Columbia Heights Community Marketplace invites artists to apply to sell their own creations at the Marketplace.

*No application fee.
*Open only to DC residents.
*Application deadline: Aug 16!

Please send your contact information, description of your work and the products you will have for sale (100 words max/ please note that your statement will be used during the evaluation process) and five images of your work BY MONDAY, AUGUST 16TH to:  with "Artist application" in the subject line, or you may send the application to:

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace
c/o CHANGE, Inc.
1413 Park Road, NW
Washington, DC 20010
All artwork & crafts sold at the Marketplace must be original and made by the individual artist. Each artist will be judged based on his or her samples of work. Agents and sales representatives for individual artists (or groups of artists) are not eligible, although collaborative art is allowed. If you are applying as collective (more than two artists), please apply as a single vendor. 

Artists must reside in D.C. (preferably in Columbia Heights), attend the entire duration of the Marketplace on their specified dates, assume responsibility for security in their booth and agree to attend the booth during business hours.  All vendors are responsible for paying any applicable sales tax to the DC Department of Tax and Revenue. Given that the booth size is limited to a 10' by 10' canopy that will be shared by two artists, it would be unwise to showcase large pieces of work.

Market Fee:
Those applicants accepted through our jury process must pay a non-refundable $100 vendor fee that will cover the cost of renting half of a 10'x10' canopy space. Artists are responsible for all monetary transactions and sales tax collection related to their sales at the Marketplace. Because the Marketplace is an outdoor event, artists will not have access to electricity. In addition, they are responsible for bringing any necessary display equipment, tables, chairs, etc.  All artisans can pay for their space with a check or money order made payable to CHANGE, Inc., the 501 (c )(3) non-profit partner of the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. Please write “CHCM Artist Vendor App Fee” in the memo line of the check. Or pay online using our PayPal account.

Market Dates:
All artisans will be given four weekends through the remainder of the Marketplace, which ends on Saturday, October 30 2010.  A schedule will be created once all artisans have been selected.  Please indicate which weekends you are unavailable on the application.

Sales Tax:
Artisans selling non-edible products are subject to sales tax, and should comply with local and state tax regulations.

Bottled Water and Plastic Bags:
Vendors may not sell bottled water at the Marketplace. In support of minimizing waste and protecting our environment, vendors will not provide plastic bags. Instead the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace will sell, at cost, reusable bags bearing the CHCM logo to consumers.

Opening, Closing and Parking:
All artisans must arrive at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza between 8am and 8:45am on the specified day and are responsible for the set up and breakdown of their booths. The market ends at 2 p.m. and artisans must remain until closing, unless the market manager approves an earlier departure, depending on public safety and vehicular traffic conditions. The market manager or other official of the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace will open and close the market with a whistle or a bell. Artisans may not sell before the market opens and must leave the market area no later than 3 p.m.

Bad Weather:
Marketplace management may close the event early because of severe or inclement weather.

By participating in the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace (CHCM), all artisans agree to exhibit their work at their own risk. The CHCM will not be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items and will not be held responsible for personal injury to the artist. The CHCM does not guarantee specific numbers of attendees or sales for vendors.

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace
c/o CHANGE, Inc.
1413 Park Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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