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 5th, 2019

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.

2019 Fremont Solstice Parade & Celebration is Saturday, June 22, 2019

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 (or real looking) 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.


Call for Poster Art for 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade!

Hello Artists and Graphic Designers!

Every year the Fremont Arts Council makes a poster for the Fremont Solstice Parade. We also use the design elements in parade promotions like postcards and ads. These design pieces are distributed and displayed all over the region.

We invite artists to submit designs for consideration for use in this year’s campaign. The successful artist will be awarded $250 honorarium for the design, a membership in the Fremont Arts Council, a profile on our website crediting you with the 2019 design; and the grand notoriety of your design representing this beloved Seattle event.

Proposals due: March 19

Final Design due: March 30

Please send your image proposal to us nearly complete; don’t leave us guessing about color or imagery elements. Send images to or deliver them to the Power House Art Studio, 3940 Fremont Ave. N. Powerhouse hours are indeterminate; please feel free to use the mail slot on our front door!

The design should be simple and eye catching, and reflect the spirit of this community celebration. Themes to consider: music; dance; large puppets; bicycles; Joie de Vivre; public spectacle; The Longest Day of The Year. Let us know how you see the Parade!

For the Poster-Please include the following information in clear, legible font:

Heading: Fremont Arts Council’s (smaller than title)

Title: 2019 Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration

Subtitle: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 1PM (smaller than title)

Text: Follow us to Gas Works Park for more; Great Food & Beer Garden; Art and Family Fun!

Space for Sponsor logos: 1/8th of total page

Questions? Please contact us by email:


Fremont Arts Council
Everyone is an Artist!

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 for someone you think would make a great addition to FAC leadership. Nominations are now open and will remain open until February 23rd.

The FAC is seeking 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
  • In-person attendance for at least ten of the twelve annual board meetings
  • 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: (i.e. Outreach & Development; Program & Events; or Finance, Operations & Governance).
  • Advance preparation for regular board meetings and leadership team meetings
  • Advocating for the interests of the FAC between meetings

Qualities and Skills needed by FAC Board members:

  • Be a member of the Fremont Arts Council (as of Feb. 12th)
  • Positive, proactive, and enthusiastic attitude for the organization
  • Willingness to try new things and take on many and miscellaneous tasks as they arise for the organization
  • Strong skills and experience in at least one of these essential areas:

* An artist experienced with celebration art or art administration
* Event planning
* Fundraising or grant writing
* Management or administration
* Communications or social media
* Finance or recordkeeping
* Construction or design

Other skills which make for effective Board Membership:

  • Have participated in FAC events and activities
  • Experience serving on the Board of a non-profit organization
  • Able spokesperson and advocate on the FAC’s behalf
  • You are an artist
  • 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.
  • Inspires and motivates others to contribute

The Fremont Solstice Parade is just around the corner! So, now is the time to step-up your contribution in this fun, creative, and community building organization. If you possess some of the qualities and skills we need, WE NEED YOU!

To vote or to run for the Board you must be a current paid FAC member. Renew your membership now or become a member. 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 25th.   Please submit your letter to:

Nominations must be received no later than February 23rd, 2019.

Election Day is the March 12th COW meeting. All current FAC members (current as of February 12th) will receive a voting ballot by e-mail. On-line voting will close at 6pm March 12.  Members may also attend the March 12 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:

* board meeting date subject to change per preference of the group
{photo L. Hanlon, 2017}