VisArts F.E.A.S.T. 2021 MUTUAL AID

By Editorial Team on September 13, 2021

Deadline: Fri, 01 October 2021

Courtesy of VisArts.
Deadline: October 1, 2021

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 for projects like the Auntie Sewing SquadB’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 they 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. 2021 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. 2021 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.

  • Restore active relationships with a wider community
  • Cultivate many-sided experiences
  • Join diverse partners for inclusive investigations
  • Continue the generation of empathy and engagement

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 a virtual F.E.A.S.T. over Zoom. Tickets by donation, $15 minimum, 100% of donations go to fund the micro grant of up to $2000.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation.

How to Submit a Proposal

You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great survival vision in one place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the site you envision for your proposal. Projects that blend mutual aid with practical, poetic, utopian, or idealist ideas will help frame, visualize, and shape ideas about survival.

Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, olfactory discoveries, documents, parades, paths, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, games, architecture, walks, teach-ins, platforms, songs, games, gardens, clothing… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.

Application content must include answers to all of the following questions:

  1. Title: What is your project’s name?
  2. Summary: Describe your project in 250 words or less. Include statements on:
    • What will the F.E.A.S.T. funds be used for?
    • How will this project be implemented?
    • How does the project address the theme of MUTUAL AID?
    • Who is the community you are addressing? What is the community significance of your project?
  3. One sentence each:
    • F.E.A.S.T. Funding Request: How much will you need to do this (up to $2000) and how will you be spending the micro-grant?
    • Project Budget: If your project costs are greater than what you have requested, please briefly state how you will be able to implement your project.
    • Timeframe: How long is this project going to take?
    • Location: Where will this take place?
  4. Image(s): Attach up to five images to represent your project (300 dpi, no larger than 2 MB) and any relevant URLs. Please include a description of the image.

Proposals are evaluated on these terms:

  • Artistic Innovation
  • Community Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Proposal clarity and content

Please note:

  • Only complete proposals will be reviewed.
  • Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T. This year’s event will be entirely virtual.
  • Applicants will be notified in October, 2021 if they are finalists.

Artists who submit proposals must be present virtually at the October 24, 2021 F.E.A.S.T. to be eligible to appear on the ballot. This event will take place from 1:00 – 3:30 PM.

Should you win a F.E.A.S.T. grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (2022) to discuss the progress of your project.

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