Boston events

Though Boston Calling has gotten high praise for being one of the least obnoxious, most well-managed festivals, it still lags behind the festival giants in terms of art. However, for the show’s upcoming Labor Day edition, they’re setting out to fix that by announcing an open art contest titled “Blank Canvas.”

As reported by DigBoston, the contest urges local artists to provide a 36″ x 60″ mural inspired by Boston Calling. Of the murals, five winners will be selected, and the winning artists will receive $1,000 cash (plus $250 for art supplies) and a four pack of VIP passes to the show. Artists are encouraged to submit an 8.5″ x 11″ PDF to by August 5, with the champions being crowned on August 12. The show, which features Lorde, Nas and the Roots, and the National, among others, will take place from September 5-7.

Although this initiative doesn’t put Boston Calling on par with Bonnaroo or Coachella in terms of artistic contribution, it is a creative evolution of the open canvas that featured at the Memorial Day show. Hopefully this will be a chance for local artists to get the spotlight they deserve at one of the country’s emerging festivals.

Speaking of getting artists the exposure they deserve, BDCwire is now accepting submissions for Review Anything August, in which there are no losers. So, if you’re not into creating something that large-scale or whether you just think you can pull off a double win, we’d suggest you go ahead and toss your hat in the ring for both.