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apexart :: Open Call Classroom Jurying
How your class can participate in apexart jurying.

We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity for your students to participate in a real life selection process that determines which ideas prevail and which exhibitions we will present in our Manhattan exhibition space and locations around the world. From the classes we have worked with to date, many find that the process serves as a great point of class discussion, from the process to the content.

Why this is a good thing to do:
  • Students have the opportunity to read proposals and learn what makes a compelling essay. Being on the other side of the "grading" process is often beneficial in one's own writing.
  • Students come in contact with ideas from all over the world from all corners of the creative community, learning what themes and ideas are prevalent at the time.
  • Students who participate gain access to apexart's e-book publications, which address timely issues in the arts.

Variables of interaction:
  • Students can vote on any number of proposals according to how much time you want students to devote to the reading/jurying and how much on the discussion (we estimate that it takes less than 2 hours to read and rate 50 proposals).
  • Jurying is done completely online. Each student is given an individual login, through which they review a randomized set of proposals and rate each proposal on a scale of 1-5. Alternatively, we can give the same login to a group of students if they prefer to vote together as a team, but each proposal is only seen one at a time, and once voted on, does not appear again to the juror (or juror team).
  • Your class can also decide to have half the class submit to the open call and the other half the class rate the proposals.

What we give you:
  • As soon as the professor is ready to stop voting, we will deactivate your login and provide you with a unique tally page that shows progress of votes for the class. This is a grid (see example below) that displays the ratings given by each student, and every proposal submitted in the order of its current ranking by all jurors (not just your particular class).
  • We ask the teacher to only share this unique page with their class after the students have all finished voting and their logins have been deactivated.
  • This tally page provides the ability to view any proposal so that the class may read together for discussion (see below for suggested topics).
  • The tally page expires one month after it is provided to the professor.

What you give us:
  • Names and email addresses of any students interested.
  • Deadline for your class to finish voting and date you would like to receive your class' tally page.
  • We send all the login information and deadline reminders.

Suggested topics of classroom discussion:
  • Were there similarities between submissions?
  • What were some of the overarching topics you observed?
  • What factors did you consider when scoring a proposal?
  • What was more important to you in scoring: the originality of the proposal idea, the strength of writing, or the feasibility of the project?
  • In what way were the higher rating proposals stronger?
  • How would you construct a high-rated proposal?

Sample Tally Page:

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