Your contribution now helps more than ever!

GiveBIG 2017 is on Wednesday, May 10 from midnight to midnight (Pacific Time).
This is Seattle’s biggest day of philanthropy sponsored by The Seattle Foundation. They stretch your donation from a pool of dollars contributed by corporate partners and other philanthropic donors. Last year this added 20% to all donations.
EarlyBird Pledges: are possible. You can pledge Advance Donations for GiveBig online until May 9th. Your gift will be processed on May 10th. 
Your donation is appreciated for 2017 and we’ll make every dollar count. Invite your families and friends to GiveBIG to Fremont Arts Council!

McKay Grants Available for Parade Artists

Design and creation funds for art projects in the Fremont Solstice Parade, which transform the street into theater with social commentary and the unexpected.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by April 18th, 2017

See McKay Grants for Artists page for full details and application.

In an age of mass culture, a special kind of courage is needed to bring creative self-expression into the public arena.  Dave McKay embodied this courage.  He was a celebration artist who brought his master costume-design skills, thoughtful intention, and deep attention to detail and craftsmanship to all his art, especially in his work with the Fremont Solstice Parade and Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration. He believed art and art making should be a part of everyone’s life.  The primary goal of the Dave McKay Parade Art Grant Fund is to support artists in their efforts to bring engaging art to the streets of Fremont, and to enhance community creativity and collaboration.

2017 Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration is Saturday, June 17, 2017

The FAC most often funds proposals from artists for the development of parade ensembles.  Parade ensembles are groups of five or more people, working within a common theme, performing in procession.  Proposals for parade-related art installations (Gas Works Park, gateways, etc.,) and other crazy ideas that elevate the artistic quality of the event are also accepted for funding consideration.

Applicants:  Any artist or artist group who has a vision for something awesome they want to bring to life in front of thousands of people should send us their idea.

The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) is a community-based celebration arts organization. We value volunteer-ism; community participation; artistic expression; and the sharing of arts skills.  We welcome the participation of everyone regardless of who they are, or what they think or believe.

The rules of the Fremont Solstice Parade, which make this event distinct from other types of parades, are:
· No written or printed words or logos
· No animals (except service animals)
· No motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs)
· No real weapons or fire.

The Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade and Celebration is one of Seattle’s freakiest and most fun events. We celebrate the longest day of the year through street theater; public spectacle; and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expression! Express yourself this year in Fremont.


Seeking New Members for the Board of Directors

It is that time of year when the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) elects members to the Board of Directors. Many of our current Board are returning to serve the community, but there is more room for you or someone you think would make a great addition to FAC leadership. Nominations are now open and will remain open until February 18th.

The FAC is seeking a Treasurer, and other board members who have organizational or development skills they would like to share.  Board members meet monthly on Tuesday evenings and the time commitment is 4 to 10 hours per month.  Board members also participate on a leadership team.

Requirements to which board members must agree to commit:

  • Two (2) years’ service on the Board
  • Attendance at monthly Board meetings (12/yr.)
  • Facilitate 1-2 COW meetings a year, by planning the agenda and lead the meeting
  • Active participation and leadership as either a Board officer, event lead for a FAC event, and/or co-chair of a FAC leadership team/committee: (i.e. Development & Outreach; Program & Events; or Finance, Operations & Governance).

Qualities and Skills needed by FAC Board members:

  • MUST: Be a member of the Fremont Arts Council (as of Feb. 14th)
  • MUST HAVE: Positive, proactive, and enthusiastic attitude for the organization
  • MUST HAVE: Willingness to try new things and take on many and miscellaneous tasks as they arise for the organization
  • HELPFUL: Have participated in FAC events and activities

WE NEED: Fundraising and grant writing experience

WE NEED: Planning and management experience

WE NEED: Bookkeeping or database management experience

WE NEED: A board Secretary and a Treasurer

Other skills which make for effective Board Membership:

  • Experience serving on the Board of a non-profit organization
  • Experience with public art, celebration arts
  • Experience in business management, legal or finance
  • You are an artist
  • Connections with youth organizations, art schools, or other arts and community organizations
  • Thoughtful, confident, articulate, succinct, polite, respectful, and a good listener
  • Able to process large amounts of information and make thoughtful decisions in a group context fairly quickly.

If you feel that now is the time to step-up your contributions to this fun, creative, and community building organization, and you possess some of the qualities and skills we need, WE NEED YOU!

In order to vote or to run for the Board you must be a current paid FAC member as of the February 14th COW meeting. Renew your membership now or become a member. In order to be an effective leader for this dynamic and busy community of artists, all nominees should be prepared with the time and commitment to roll up your selves, have a great time, and take on a stewardship role for the organization.

To nominate yourself as a candidate for the Fremont Arts Council Board of Directors:

Please submit a Letter of Intention (300 words or less) in which you state why you wish to be a member of the Board, and a relevant biography of why you are qualified to serve. Describe your background, experience and strengths that you would bring to board service; as well as your interests, vision and goals you have for the FAC.  This letter will be published with the ballot for voting members on February 20th.   Please submit your letter to:

Nominations must be received no later than February 18th, 2017.

Election Day is the March 14th COW meeting. All current FAC members (current as of February 14th) will receive a voting ballot by e-mail. On-line voting will close at 6pm March 14.  Members may also attend the March 14 COW meeting and submit a ballot. Election results will be announced at the end of that meeting.

If you have any questions about being a member of the FAC Board, or about the organization, you may send these questions to:

{photo S. Crowley, 2016}