McKay Grants Available for Parade Artists


McKay Art Grant Opportunity Design and creation funds for art projects in the Fremont Solstice Parade, which transform the street into theater with social commentary and the unexpected. Typical awards for 2016 will be in the $500 range.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, May 18th, 2016

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.

2016 Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration is Saturday, June 18, 2016

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.  All grantees must be members of the Fremont Arts Council.  To join, please visit; for a $50 annual fee, membership in this vivid cultural oddity is it’s own reward.

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. The Fremont Solstice Parade is the primary event of the FAC.  We celebrate the longest day of the year through profound street theater, public spectacle, and a kaleidoscope of joyous human expressions.  We welcome the participation of everyone regardless of who they are, or what they think or believe. The FAC, however, reserves the right to control the content presented in the Fremont Solstice
Parade.   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.

The Fremont Arts Council, a 501(c)3, believes art helps build stronger communities and it creates a sense of place. Fremont is a state of mind, not a zip code. The FAC produces the Fremont Solstice Parade, creates and cares for public art like the Fremont Troll, and engages everyone year-round in workshops and events including May Day, the Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration, Luminata, Troll-o-ween, and Winter Feast. For more information, see


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Why join the FAC?

2014 Fremont Solstice Parade- Torrin Maynard

First and foremost to support the artistic talent that keeps Fremont vibrant and at the center of the Universe. Also did we mention:

  • Use of the wonderful Powerhouse, a workspace for art open to all members
  • An invitation to the members only fantastic, spiritual, artistic celebration of Winter Feast

How can you not want to joindonate, or volunteer to help artistic spirit of Fremont thrive in Fremont, and throughout Seattle.  Your artistic energy and support is what keeps the FAC alive!