‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Champion of Justice, Promoter of Unity, Exemplar of Service

Artist Call: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Champion of Justice, Promoter of Unity, Exemplar of Service

Sat 10/30 @ 11:59 pm EDT

Can we work for justice while strengthening our unity? Can we build bonds of friendship with people on all “sides” while defending victims of oppression? Can we be righteous while not seeing anyone as “the other”? Looking around us, do we see examples of this perfect blend of justice and unity in our society today? There was a man who lived 100 years ago who fully embodied these principles and walked this path of servitude to all. His name was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and Bahá’ís around the world view him as the perfect example of the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh—that humanity is one, that peace is unattainable until our unity is firmly established, that justice is the best-beloved of all things in the sight of God, and that we are here to serve one another.

Green Acre has been engaging with social justice issues through a series of art shows entitled Explore Justice Through Beauty. The next in this series takes a slightly unique angle by focusing on the reality of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—the principles He embodied, the justice He championed, the unity He promoted and the service He rendered. We ask you, artists who may already love ‘Abdu’l-Bahá greatly or who may be hearing about Him for the first time, to profoundly reflect on His life—what He stood for and labored for—and to use your talents to bring this to life through a myriad means of artistic expressions.

But why here and why now? ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited Green Acre and the town of Eliot, Maine, in 1912 and had an immense impact on this land that many of us are currently only dimly aware of. This year, 2021, also marks the 100th anniversary of His passing. This show provides us an opportunity to profoundly reflect on His life and what He stood for, at a time when the world desperately needs more examples of justice, unity, and service. To assist you in this endeavor, provided below are resources that shed more light on who ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was, what he did, and how he impacted individuals and society:

As this show will be a hybrid of online and in person, we’re able to accept and display all forms of art, from dances, songs, and poems to paintings, weavings, and performance art! If it can be displayed physically or recorded visually or auditorily, we can display it. There is no entry fee.

The art show will open November 20th and will be displayed on our website, in our physical art gallery located on Green Acre’s campus in Eliot, Maine, and potentially as installations on our grounds as well.

Important Dates

  1. Submit art for review by October 30th
  2. The curating team will review submissions and respond to artists by November 6th
  3. Final electronic file or physical piece(s) to be received at Green Acre by November 13th
  4. The show will open November 20th and run through January 15th, 2022

The Spirit Behind Submissions

Piece(s) should be examples of…

  1. justice, unity, and service
  2. freedom from racial prejudice
  3. working towards universal peace
  4. unabashed love for all humanity
  5. what inspires you from His words, deeds and service

Guidelines for Submitting Art

  1. Can submit up to three (3) pieces
  2. Piece(s) must represent your understanding of the theme of the show
  3. Piece(s) must be original work
  4. Piece(s) can be of any media
  5. Artist’s Statement – a brief description of your piece and how it relates to the theme of the show
  6. Artist’s Bio – no longer than one (1) paragraph

Green Acre is a Bahá’í Center of Learning that has been engaged in facilitating conversations that matter since the late 1800s, when souls from various countries, ethnicities and religions began to gather to explore the important topics of the day, together. We continue to draw people from varied backgrounds together to share, learn and grow. We’re located on the banks of the Piscataqua river in Eliot, Maine—the land of the Abenaki, the People of the Dawn.

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