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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, 2020

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 20, 2020

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.

 

January 2020 News

Fremont Arts Council’s January News:

Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting –  (new date) Monday, January 20, 7-8:30 pm

This month: Get Involved- VISION!  Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Find out what the FAC is up to and how you can get involved. This month: we’re making VISION BOARDS – for ourselves and for the FAC. Using collage technique, we want to envision what 2020 will be for our community! Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle at 7 pm.

FAC Happy Hour and Mixer, hosted by the FAC Board of Directors —  Tuesday, January 21, 6-8PM

Have you always wondered about what really makes the Fremont Arts Council tick? Interested in getting involved in the creative magic-making year-round? Join the Board of Directors for a Happy Hour at Roxy’s Diner in Fremont, 462 N 36th St.! Mix and mingle with FAC Board members, and fellow creative instigators. We have information to share with you about what happens behind the Powerhouse doors, and also complimentary appetizers (heavy hors d’oeuvres?) courtesy of our friends at Roxy’s. $5 drink tickets are available for beer, wine and well drinks.   RSVP appreciated to fac@fremontartscouncil.org.   Details …

Petit Troll Parade —  Sunday, February 23, 2020

This petit parade is done in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Sunday, February 23rd (just before Fat Tuesday), we will do a flash-mob-style procession, pulling our tiny glittering floats through the Fremont Sunday Market while the band plays. Workshops start Saturday, February 15th. Check the Powerhouse Calendar for details or come to the next COW meeting and find out how you can play with us!   Event Details….

Petit Troll Mardi Gras Fundraiser —  Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Like any good Mardi Gras krewe, we’re having a ball on Fat Tuesday at Lagunitas Brewery from 5:30-8:30 PM. Bring your masks, costumes and floats and let the Petit Troll party continue! Snap a pic in our photobooth! Take a chance on our raffle prizes! We’ll have jambalaya and red beans and rice from Ester’s Enoteca! And enjoy a beer from Lagunitas Brewery – all proceeds from food and beer sales go to supporting the Fremont Arts Council and the Fremont Solstice Parade! Details…

Fremont Solstice Parade — Saturday, June 20, 2020

Parade Call for Sponsors – Support the Parade!

Be a Solstice hero! Become an individual donor, member or a sponsor, and be a part of bringing the wild and wonderful  Fremont Solstice Parade to the streets. Details ...

Seeking Parade Staff

In support of the 2020 Fremont Solstice Parade, the FAC is looking for a Parade Coordinator and an Administrative Manager. These are temporary contract positions through June 30, 2020, with a volunteer stipend.  Graduate level students looking for internship are also encouraged to apply.  

Seeking Design Proposals for the Fremont Solstice Parade Poster

Every year we make a poster for the Fremont Solstice Parade. We also use the design elements in parade promotions. These design pieces are distributed and displayed all over the region. We invite arts to submit designs for consideration for use in this year’s campaign.  Details …

Get Involved!

All Are Welcome Here!

We  affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all races and backgrounds to create art and celebrations. There is no place for racism, sexism or sexual harassment at our events or in in our community.  In support of this, the Fremont Arts Council affirms our Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion.  Details ...

Volunteer!

Have you been hankering to get more involved with FAC? We need you and your talents! Let us know who you are and what you’re interested in, and we promise to find a fun way to scratch that creative itch. Volunteer …

Join the FAC Team!

Will YOU join the parade of friends who make community celebration art events happen?  The FAC needs to grow our team of folks that are directly involved in event production, communications, fundraising, administration, and a myriad of other essential tasks year round.  These awesome events are made possible by volunteers. Join the team!! …

Join the “FAC List” our Inner Circle Collaboration Group

The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To join: visit faclist and click “apply for membership”.  Or, if you don’t have a Google account: Subscribe to our Mailing List … – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”. 

Support Community Art!

Want to keep the Fremont Arts Council in glitter and goo-gahs? We could not create our events and community art workshops without the support of our community. Donate or become a member …

The Fremont Arts Council engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist!

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{photo R. Falk, 2019}

Happy Hour & Mixer, hosted by the Board of Directors – Jan. 21

Happy Hour and Mixer, hosted by the FAC Board of Directors
—- Tuesday, January 21, 6-8PM

Have you always wondered about what really makes the Fremont Arts Council tick? Interested in getting involved in the creative magic-making year-round? Join the Board of Directors for a Happy Hour at the Backdoor at Roxy’s in Fremont, 462 N 36th St.!

Mix and mingle with FAC Board members, and fellow creative instigators. We have information to share with you about what happens behind the Powerhouse doors, and also complimentary appetizers (heavy hors d’oeuvres?) courtesy of our friends at the Backdoor. $5 drink tickets are available for beer, wine and well drinks.

RSVP appreciated to fac@fremontartscouncil.org