Call for Proposals: Woodland Spirit Houses

Call for Proposals: Woodland Spirit Houses

Hancock Shaker Village

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  Woodland Spirit Houses

We invite you to submit a proposal by April 1 for a woodland exhibit at Hancock Shaker Village for the summer of 2016.  We are looking for creative minds to design and construct miniature houses made from natural materials (preferably scavenged forest materials) to erect along our accessible Farm and Forest Trail.  Up to 6 artists will be selected to populate our “spirit village.”

In conjunction with an exhibit by featured artist Robert Hite, HSV is focusing on the idea of homes, especially homes built in a natural environment and utilizing found or recycled materials.  We want to create a forest community that will inspire people of all ages to think about different types of communities and the ways in which people come together.

A special event is planned for July 16-17:  Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders Weekend.  The artist-created woodland village will be a feature of this event and will inspire for families to create their own spirit houses along the trail.

Proposals should include:

  • Artist information

-individual or group proposal

-contact information, including address, phone, email and website if applicable

  • Written description of the “house”
  • Drawings with dimensions not exceeding 5 ft. square

Deadline for proposals: April 1

Artists selected will receive

  • Complimentary family/dual membership to Hancock Shaker Village
  • Recognition on HSV’s website and Facebook page

Installation no later than:  July 8

De-installation:  After October 30.  Artists may choose to remove their work, or have HSV recycle the components

For more information or to schedule a visit to see the installation site, please contact Cindy Dickinson, Director of Education at 413.443.0188 x213


Hancock Shaker Village’s Spirit Houses and Woodland Wonders Weekend

July 16-17, 2016

“[The Shakers] were a great curiosity to me; the sphere which they occupied seemed so different that I hardly knew whether they were spirits or mortals”   Antoinette Doolittle (Mt. Lebanon)

Inspired by the Shaker spirit and by our own inner “fairy,” Hancock Shaker Village invites you to find your way to a weekend of “Spirit Houses.”   Spirits, sprites, fairies, and woodland creatures are all invited to a weekend of fun and magic.  Wear some wings and have some fun!

Ongoing activities will include 1) building “spirit houses” and dwellings for other woodland “creatures” from natural materials along the Village’s winding Farm and Forest Trail; 2) an exhibit of artist-created spirit houses, including one by featured artist Rob Hite; 3) making spirit drawings, inspired by Hancock’s premier collection of Gift Drawings. Visitors can also participate in dancing and music programs, stories, and a special parade of the spirits.