Throughout the pandemic, individuals have participated in supporting their community through actions spanning from helping a neighbor to creating a new free grocery delivery service. Artists and makers have dedicated their creative efforts to projects like the Auntie Sewing Squad, B’more Community Fridge, and the Wherewithal Grants distributed by WPA. The outpouring of altruism and empathy many felt during the past year has helped to protect individuals and communities in the midst of disaster. While we have each been permanently changed as a result of Covid-19, the feeling of urgency is beginning to fade, as it often does after a crisis.
As a result, we ask: What if mutual aid organizations are the ones setting the precedent for a model of support? How can we continue to nurture the treasured generosity we have seen since March of 2020? How can we sustain mutual aid practices into our new future?
F.E.A.S.T. 2022 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to expand their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of MUTUAL AID. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore mutual aid are welcome! F.E.A.S.T. 2022 advocates for proposals that join art with social, cultural, political, economic, historic, and environmental dynamics.
Project proposals offer opportunities for creative interaction within or between our communities. Great ideas specific to one community may also inspire action in another.
Proposals are evaluated for artistic innovation, community impact, feasibility, proposal clarity, and content.
F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community. F.E.A.S.T. is designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. Participants will listen to & review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations. This year we will be hosting F.E.A.S.T. on the VisArts Rooftop. Tickets by donation, $15 minimum, 100% of donations go to fund the micro grant of up to $2000.
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