2013 Dave McKay Parade Art Grant Fund
Deadline: Monday, April 15th, 2013, 5 p.m.
The Dave McKay Parade Art Grant Fund supports the development of art and
performance for the Fremont Solstice Parade. In 2013, the Fremont Arts
Council will award grants up to $1,000 from a total pool of $4,500.
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.
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.
However, The FAC 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.
Grant funds may be used for artists’ fees, materials and supplies,
equipment purchase or rental, travel and transportation. Existing
artwork can be re-mounted for parade exhibition. Grant funds may NOT be
used to stage fundraising events; for project expenses that occur prior
to or after the project dates; or for operating costs not directly
associated with the parade project.
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 which elevate the artistic quality of the Solstice
Parade and Celebration are also accepted for funding consideration.
New Projects: Proposal Ideas
Stage Installations at Gas Works Park
In 2013, Fremont Arts Council is teaming up with HONK! Fest West, a
four-day music festival celebrating community street bands. More than
27 marching bands from across the US will participate in the parade and
perform in Gas Works Park immediately following the parade. This year,
in addition to parade ensembles, the McKay Grant Fund will accept
proposals to create “stage area installations” within Gas Works
Park. Three stage areas will be created; proposals may be for the
creation of one, or all three stages. There will be no other
infrastructure to establish these stages other than what is contained in
the proposed project (i.e., no risers or canopies will be provided, and
are discouraged.) Stage area installations must accommodate up to 25
musicians at a time (20×30 ft.) and be at ground level. Archways, or
any overhead materials must be at least 13 ft. tall. All installations
are subject to safety review: please consider wind, rain, crazy dancing,
and oblivious wanderers in your proposal. Ideas might include: colorful
batik banners/flags, painted backdrops, architectural sculpture,
inflatables, or any wild concepts to define an area for the bands to
perform within, under, around, or in front of. Avoid the use of written
words, symbols, or logos please.
Collaboration with a HONK! Band
The design of a parade ensemble is greatly enhanced with the addition of
sound. This year, the Solstice Parade will be visited by street bands
playing in the styles of Kelzmer; Samba; Jazz; Punk Rock; Balkan;
Circus; and beyond. HONK! bands are typically acoustic and mobile, often
politically aware and articulate, and always high spirited. There is a
rich community ethic amongst many HONK!ers, who use their music to erode
the barriers between professional and novice, and between audience and
performers. Consider creating an ensemble that includes a HONK! band.
Here’s where the creative challenge will emerge: Most of the HONK!
bands are coming from out of town, only to arrive a day or so before the
parade, and, while the best HONK! bands costume-up, it is better to
assume they will not have costumes, or be willing to make one. FAC will
prove a list of attending bands (with description of size and musical
style) that wish to join an art ensemble, and will work to facilitate
communications between artists and bands. Proposals should include the
type of band/size you would like to work with; how you will incorporate
the band into your ensemble theme/flavor; and why you would be psyched
to do this project.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of FAC
members and Solstice Parade Staff. This is an open competitive process
and, unfortunately, not every applicant will receive funding.
Special consideration given to:
§ First time applicants
§ Creating the project in our community art studio
§ Leading a public workshop in the production of artwork
§ Large-scale projects that use the 360 degree space of the street
§ Use of repurposed materials
§ Directly engaging the audience along the parade route
§ Kinetic movement
§ Thought-provoking and innovative ensembles
§ Cross-disciplinary collaboration (i.e., dance and visual arts)
Please fill out the application below, adding your narrative answers to
this word document.
Please limit your answers to these questions to three pages.
Along with this application, please submit:
· Sketches: A picture is worth a thousand words. Sketches of
your ensemble elements are helpful for the selection committee.
· Budget: Please include as detailed of a budget as possible of
estimated costs/expenditures for your ensemble/project. (e.g.-breakout
estimates for materials, labor, artist fee, equipment rental, or other
line items) Is this project amenable to partial funding? Are there other
sources of funding, or in-kind support to feed the project?
· Examples: Any artwork, press, video or audio recordings that
will support your application. Up to 5 digital images, may be submitted
on CD, or by email. Please consider reducing the size of any
electronically sent files.
· Resumes or bios of key artistic personnel (max. 1 page per
All applications MUST be digitally received by 5 pm, Monday, April 15th,
Please e-mail Applications and accompanying materials, including budget
detail and resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support materials (sketches/examples,) if not already included in your
electronic application submission, may be received at: The Fremont Arts
Council, 3940 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 by 5:00PM Monday, April
15th, 2013. Our staff hours are indeterminate. Please feel free to use
the mail slot.
Selections and notification will be made by May 19th, 2013.
For more information, please call:
Fremont Arts Council 206/ 547-7440 or
Leslie Zenz, Solstice Director 360/ 951-9177
Fremont Arts Council Dave McKay Parade Grant Application:
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1. Narrative: Write a short narrative describing your proposed project.
Describe your intention or theme; What are your ensemble elements
(dancers/floats/puppets?); Does your ensemble include music or sound?;
What will your ensemble be doing during the parade? Will there be
2. People: Do you plan to use public volunteers in creating your
project? What skills are needed to work on this project? Can you find
enough people to populate your ensemble/assist you in the project? How
many artists will be directly involved in this project? If your project
requires many people, how will you find them? What skills are you
bringing to this project? Have you done a similar project before?
3. Workspace: Each year the FAC provides a community art studio for the
purpose of building the parade. Do you plan on using the Fremont Arts
Council parade building space to create your project? If so, please
describe what your workspace needs will be (days/times/activities.)
4. Timeline and Execution: Please provide a timeline of your project.
Is your project accomplishable? Is it designed for a high probability of
success? Has it been designed with safety in mind? Can you find enough
people to assist
5. Skill Sharing: Would you be willing to share skills or to build the
project with FAC members or the broader community? If so, please
describe how you will do this. Do you plan to hold public workshops or
classes while building your ensemble?
6. As a Grantee: Briefly explain how you intend to use the Dave McKay
Parade Grant (Budget detail to be included in another category).
Include the following information: How will the grant allow you to
improve the quality of your work? How does your project support the
principles of the Fremont Arts Council?