Call out for Artists

Artistic Call-out:  $75 for the successful submission

Sustainable Orillia (SO) is again inviting artistic submissions under its next seasonal theme of “Trees.” As trees come into their full glory, they are a reminder that nature will not be stopped – even amidst a pandemic.  Trees serve us and the rest of nature in many, many ways. They give off oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide, reduce storm water run-off and flooding which cause erosion and pollute waterways. They provide food and shelter for wildlife, and cooling shade. New studies are showing that trees are connected to their neighbours in the forest and can communicate with each other. But trees are also marvels of beauty and inspiration for artists of all kinds.

Sustainable Orillia recognizes and appreciates the power of art to reach people at an emotional level. Words, data charts, science and educational information have clearly not been enough to change attitudes and behaviours – to move people to action – in the diminishing time that remains to heal the ailing planet.

The organization is seeking the powerful portrayal of local artists’ deep appreciation for trees, using visual art, songs and/or stories. Submissions must connect the theme to the heart of the beholder. A brief statement should accompany the submission, introducing the artist and addressing why and how s/he cares about the theme as represented by the submission. The successful submission will be displayed on any or all of SO’s various digital platforms, and will be submitted for publication to Orillia Matters, Orillia Sun Online and Orillia Today.

The artist submitting the chosen piece will receive an honorarium of $75. This artistic call-out will be repeated again for the fourth quarter of 2021, addressing a different sustainability-related theme.  

Artists should email submissions by June 30, 2021 with photos or audio link to Anna Proctor at

Sustainable Orillia is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that aims to promote awareness and actions across our community that will contribute to a more sustainable way of life – for Orillia and for the planet.  Its interests span several sectors of our community: Goods and Services, Energy, Infrastructure, Food, Nature, Health and Education.

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