Call for Artists: Now Ain’t Some Day Yet

Root Division invites artists working in all media to submit work for Now Ain't Some Day Yet, to be presented at Root Division in June 2023.

Between 1940 and 1970, over 300,000 Black people migrated from the American South to the Bay Area, embracing the unknown, seeking to establish social and economic mobility on alien soil. Now Ain’t Some Day Yet considers the relationship between the Great Migration and Black life in the present day Bay Area— What was carried? What was gained? What was lost? The exhibition seeks to give prominence to the hidden histories woven within Black migration patterns across the Bay Area.

Now Ain’t Some Day Yet is curated by jamil nasim, Root Division’s current Bay Area Black Artist Studio Fellow, and will be exhibited in tandem with a solo show of the artist’s work. Confirmed artists include Bushmama Africa, Christopher Martin, and William Rhodes..

The Bay Area Black Artist Studio Fellowship provides free studio workspace and a monetary stipend to an emerging artist in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves a service project that aligns and enhances Root Division’s mission to empower artists, foster community service, inspire youth, and enrich the Bay Area through engagement in the visual arts. Now Ain’t Some Day Yet is the culminating project from the 2022-23 fellowship.

Exhibition dates: June 7 – 28, 2023


Instructions for Submiting your Application

The submission is composed of two parts: completing the online application form, and paying the submission fee.

Deadline for Submission: Tuesday March 21, 2023 at 11:59 pm

To begin your application, read the instructions on the Call for Artists page on our website and then:

1) Submit all required materials in the Digital Application Form (link can be found on the Call for Artists page linked above).

2) Pay the submission fee below.*

*Please note that the $10 fee must be on file by 03/21/23 for the email submission to be considered. E-payment can be made by clicking the "Submit Today" button.

Artists will be notified within two weeks of the deadline about inclusion in the exhibition. 

Questions and additional mateirals can be sent to

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