International House was established in 1981 to be a symbol of tolerance, understanding, and compassion to the international community. The organization was opened to be a cultural center that provides people with the opportunities to learn, share, experience, and understand our neighbors, and to make lasting connections and friendships.​ With Blumenthal Arts and International House partnering together for the Charlotte International Arts Festival, we are excited to present for the fourth year: The Journey. This project focuses on the use of visual arts to illustrate the harrowing, complicated, and hope-filled journeys our immigrant and refugee neighbors take to come to the United States.

International House and Blumenthal Arts invite immigrant artists to submit a proposal for a piece that represents their journey to the United States, allowing the community to hear or see their story and take a walk in their shoes. If selected, as a participant who is chosen to create their piece for The Journey, each artist will be given a stipend as well as audience exposure during a 20-day display inside one of Charlotte International Arts Festival's venues. Once selected, each artist will have between the time of receiving an acceptance email and a due date allowing enough time to be dropped off with Blumenthal Arts to be installed.

Additionally, all selected artists will be invited to a gallery event, hosted by International House, where community members will see your artwork, ask questions, and possibly purchase available work. The community members will vote, and the winning artist will have their artwork featured in International House’s Annual Report for 2024 as well as win a prize provided by International House.

SUBMISSIONS: Open now through August 1st, 2024.

Submit your artistic vision: Proposals should be designed to not exceed 36" in any direction. 3-D pieces must weigh less than 50 pounds. Please complete and submit the application form to identify your title, visual idea, and a brief narrative for the art piece. If selected, you will have until September 9th to complete and drop off your piece for installation.