Wednesday – Saturday, July 15-18, 2009

Call for Artists and Performers

We invite you to submit your work for inclusion in our 2009 Fire Arts Festival.

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The Crucible is a non-profit arts education center that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry and community, teaching and showcasing fire, metal, glass and light art in the East Bay for over ten years. The Crucible offers over 700 classes to over 8,000 students every year in everything from bronze casting to neon, welding, glass working, blacksmithing, and fire dancing. Events like the Fire Arts Festival help support The Crucible’s programs and allow us to continue offering them to the community. Dedicated to the creative use of fire and light, The Crucible is known for its innovative and stunning public events and fundraisers, uniting artists from diverse disciplines.

We’d like to invite you, as a performer or artist, to get in touch and tell us how you’d like to participate in this year’s event.

The Fire Arts Festival will take place July 15-18 at a NEW LOCATION in Oakland, just off the Bay Bridge. There will be a full program of art, performance and education throughout four days and nights, including music, dance, fire and art demonstrations. This year’s highlight will be the world premiere of an opera specially created for the Fire Arts Festival.

The fire arts community and general public will be captivated by this event, and we hope that you will want to be a part of it. You’ll get ample set-up and breakdown time and we’ll be doing extensive outreach and publicity for the event.

The Mission of the Fire Arts Festival
The summer of 2009 marks the ninth annual Fire Arts Festival, galvanizing education and growth of the fire arts community both on the West Coast and nationally. The Fire Arts Festival is a one of a kind showcase of innovative works of fire and light art, performances and classes. We offer the community a dedicated space and resources that gives them a unique learning and collaborative opportunity. Through providing a meeting place for artists, performers, teachers, students and City officials to share information, the Fire Arts Festival engenders and promotes fire safety and education like no other organization.


Applications and Deadlines

Please fill out an online application listed below. To include you in our promotional materials, please send us the items listed below. We prefer support materials sent via email at, but if necessary please mail your support materials.

All applicants should send us the following:
• Your art installation or performance application
• Fire Safety plan if you are using fire
• Digital photos of your proposed installation or performance
• Link to your website(s), if applicable
• Digital photos of your previous work, if applicable
• A 10-15 minute video clip

If you have only hard copies of support materials, please mail them to the Crucible at:
The Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
c/o Events Coordinator

Please download, fill out and fax to (510) 444-0918.

Art and Installation Application
Performance Application
Fire Safety Plan (For those artists or performers who plan to use fire.)

See the Volunteer Application in a new browser window.

May 1st at 11:59pm is the Deadline for Art & Installation and Performance Applications – in order to be considered to receive funding and/or be included in promotional materials from The Crucible.
We will NOT accept late or incomplete applications!

Final decisions will be made by May 15, 2009.

Submitting an application does not guarantee participation. Applicants selected for participation will receive confirmation by May 15, 2009.

We need you to give us a hand at at the Ninth Annual Fire Arts Festival.
See the Volunteer Application here.