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The Art of Carnaval

BACCA (Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts), Harper Bella, and Jose Tutiven - the Artists Create Change project and partnership through CRNY  present "The Art of Carnaval"  - a celebration and the opening of an ongoing project celebrating the art forms that are part of global carnival festivals.

Thank you for joining us for the opening event on February 21st

Thank you our event sponsors and volunteers: Creatives Rebuild New York, EastLine Theatre, Shaun Duntin, 4K Party Rentals, Pizzaiola North Babylon, Kamil Siniakowicz, Alice Cromarty, Paula Vidal

This project is funded by the Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Employment Program (Tides)
Additionally, BACCA's programs are made possible in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts

  • 7:00 -10:00 p.m

  • Live music by Adlib Steel Pan Orchestra, Black Tie Brass performing NOLA-style music, as well as a performance by Pure Samba.

  • An art exhibition featuring local artists

  • Photography exhibition by Harper Bella

  • Lighting and sound by EastLine Theatre

  • An opportunity to engage with artists and arts administrators

  • Small bites from around the world

Featured Artists
In-Person Opening Event Exhibition

  • Bernice Bleja Rausch

  • Daniela Velez

  • Felecia Montfort

  • Estelle Zagaria

  • Jaadyn Rogers 

  • Sylvia Mueller

  • Taylor Rueb

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Art of Carnaval Virtual Exhibition

Featured Artists
Virtual Exhibition - Opens 2/21/23

Bernice Bleja Rausch, Daniela Velez, Felicia Montfort, Estelle Zagaria, Jaadyn Rogers, Sylvia Mueller, Taylor Rueb, Audrey Leonard Bernice Corbin, Casey Greene, Dalia Berlin, Gary Tourigny, Hannah J. Conti, Jeffrey Potter, Jennifer Mohamed, Jerry Sardelli, Ketsia Creates, Kvita Mongroo, Lynn Staiano, Meagan J. Meehan, Melissa Maiello, Nora Franzese, Patricia Masi, Rima Potter, Shanique Reid, Stephanie Ivolella, Silvia Maria Rey, The Cici, Veronica Winters, Harper Bella 

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Submissions to the open call for art are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

BACCA (Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts), Harper Bella, and Jose Tutiven - the Artists Create Change project and partnership through CRNY  - invite artists to participate in “The Art of Carnaval” - a celebration and the opening event of an ongoing project celebrating

the art forms that are part of global carnival festivals.

Deadline: Sunday, February 5, 2023 (11:59 p.m. EST)

There is not an entry fee - submissions are free to all.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for your interest!



Artists are encouraged to submit original art in any medium which focuses on the global themes of carnival:

  • Culture, ritual, tradition

  • Freedom, liberation

  • Disguise, masquerade, identity, authenticity 

  • Excess, abundance

  • Celebration, festivity, play

  • Unity, connection, collective revelry, community

  • Renewal


Carnival is celebrated in over 50 countries across the world,

each with its own cultural traditions, rituals, symbolic imagery, and art forms. 


What is carnival? 

Carnival (Carnaval in Spanish, Portugese, and French-speaking countries; Carnevale in Italy; Fasnacht in Switzerland); Karnawal in Poland; and Karneval in Croatia and Germany), is the festivity that takes place in many countries around the world during the last days and hours before the Lenten season. Carnival originated as a festival in ancient Egypt to mark the end of winter and welcome spring. 


Jurors: Harper Bella & Jose Tutiven


5 Artists will be chosen to display their work at the “Art of Carnaval” opening event and celebration on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 in the BACCA Arts Center (149 N. Wellwood Ave. Lindenhurst, NY). The exhibition will accompany performances during the event. Accepted work will then be featured in the Arts Center display window from February 21st through March 31, 2023, if the artist chooses to do so. 


All selected work will be displayed as part of a virtual exhibition, curated by Harper Bella and Jose Tutiven. Work selected to be a part of the virtual exhibition is not guaranteed to be featured at the BACCA Arts Center.


-2D work must have a 36 x 36” maximum size and be framed if applicable and ready to hang.

-Artists may submit up to 3 entries for consideration. There is not a submission fee.

-All media will be considered, including painting, sculpture, ceramic art, and mixed media.

-Art is not guaranteed to be accepted.



Application Requirements

Please photograph your artwork for consideration. All photo images should be high-resolution. All submitted photo images must be a minimum of 1500 pixels (height and width) and emailed as an attachment addressed to with “Art of Carnaval” in the subject line. All submissions must be sent as an email by Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. 



Application Details

For each submission, please include the following information in your email body:

  1. Artist Name

  2. Artist City of Residence

  3. Title of Work

  4. Media

  5. Size

  6. Indicate if the artwork is for sale. If so, please include the price and a contact email address or phone number. Viewers will be asked to contact you directly for details. 

  7. A short artwork description (less than 140 characters)

  8. Optional: your social media handles (Instagram, Facebook, etc.)



Artist Agreement

By submitting work to the “Art of Carnaval” artists agree to allow the accepted works to be used for publicity and archival purposes. Artworks may be shared on social media platforms to the artist’s credit. Artists will retain the copyright of their work published on the BACCA website and platforms. Work will be handled with care, but neither BACCA staff or volunteers will be responsible for any loss, theft, or damage incurred. Artists agree that art pickup is to occur at a central location and will not be removed prior to the agreed upon pickup date. Entry to the exhibition constitutes agreement to all conditions. 


Submissions Deadline:

  Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST

All Artists Notified:

Friday, February 10th, 2023

Artwork Drop-Off for (5) Selected Artists

Monday, February 20th, 2023
BACCA Arts Center


Art of Carnaval Celebration,
Opening of the Artists Create Change Project through CRNY, &
1-Day Exhibition (5 Artists)

Tuesday, February 21st 7-10 p.m.

BACCA Arts Center

Artists' Work Displayed in BACCA Window (5 Artists)

February 21st through March 31st, 2023

Virtual Exhibition (All Selected Artists)

Opens: Wednesday, February 22nd

features all awarded artists,

on display through May 1, 2023.


Department of Economic Development and Planning

BACCA’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the County of Suffolk, County Executive Ed Romaine and the Suffolk County Legislature, the Town of Babylon, Supervisor Rich Schaffer, the Town of Babylon Local Development Corporation (LDC), the Lindenhurst Business Improvement District, and from membership and private contributions.

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