Dave McKay Solstice Parade Grants 2011

Dave McKay 2011 Solstice Parade Grant RFP
Deadline: Monday April 4th, 2011, 5:00 PM


The Dave McKay Parade Grant program supports the development of art and performance for the Fremont Solstice Parade.

In 2011, the Fremont Arts Council will award grants up to $1,000 from a total pool of $4,500.


Dave McKay 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 Grant is to honor his memory by supporting artists in their efforts to bring engaging art to the parade and enhancing the spirit of creative community 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 defining 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 weapons or fire


Grant Funds:
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 can 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.  Proposals for parade-related art installations (Gasworks park, gateways, etc.,) and other fantastical ideas we have yet to dream of, are also accepted for funding consideration.

photo by John Cornicello

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of FAC members and Solstice Parade Staff. This is a competitive process and, unfortunately, not every applicant will receive funding. Special consideration will be given to:

  • Creating the project in our public workshop
  • Large-scale projects that use the 360 degree space of the street theater
  • Use of recycled materials
  • Directly engaging the audience along the parade route
  • Kinetic movement
  • Thought-provoking and innovative ensembles


Fremont Arts Council Dave McKay Parade Grant Application:

Project Title____________________________________________________________

Project Director/Contact Person____________________________________________


Email address __________________________________________________________

Telephone (preferred)____________________________2nd______________________

Are you a FAC member?_________________________________________________

Become a member at:


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 audience participation/interaction?

2. People:

Do you plan to use volunteers in creating your project? What skills are needed to work on this project? Will you be bringing new volunteers into the project? How many artists will be directly involved in this project?  If your project requires many people, how will you find them?
3. Workspace:

Each year the FAC sets up and maintains 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:

Please provide a timeline of your project. Is your project accomplishable? Is it designed for a high probability of success?

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? (These principles are found on our website:


Please limit your answers to these questions to three pages; less is more.


Along with this application, please submit:

  • Resumes or bios of key artistic personnel (max. 1 page per person)
  • Sketches: A picture is worth a thousand words.  Sketches of your ensemble elements are helpful for the selection committee.
  • Budget: Please include as detailed budget as possible of estimated costs/expenditures for your ensemble.   (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.

All applications MUST be digitally received by 5 pm, Monday, April 4th, 2011.


Please e-mail applications and accompanying materials, including budget detail and resumes to:

by 5:00 PM, Monday April 4, 2011.


Additional 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 5:00 PM Monday, April 4th, 2011.  Our hours are indeterminate, please use the mail slot.


Selections and notification will be made by April 17, 2011.


For more information, please call:
Fremont Arts Council 206-547-7440 or
Leslie Zenz, Solstice Director 360-951-9177

Luminata Celebrates 10 Years!

Luminata, the Autumnal Equinox Lantern Parade, is happening this Tuesday, 9/21 at 7pm.

On the heels of the joyful & exuberant 22nd annual Fremont Solstice Parade, the Fremont Arts Council will celebrate the autumnal equinox on September 21 with the sweet & illuminating ‘Luminata’ lantern parade around Green Lake Park in Seattle.  We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this enchanting event and it’s going to be a wonderful evening of celebration.  All are invited to participate (no matter your age or your zip code.) Bring a handmade lantern or one from the store, all are beautiful!

The fall equinox is a wonderful time for celebrating the change of seasons. Many traditions around the world recognize the last days of the productive summer are about to shift into the dark and introspective time of winter. Lanterns are a beautiful symbol of our spirit as a community that will sustain us through the cold months.

This year, the Prince of Summer is giving a banquet in honor of King
Winter, who will be joining us by boat across the lake.

The court of the Prince (all of us in the lantern parade) will start at the Green Lake Aqua Barn at the south end of the lake around 7:00pm (dusk.)  Then we will promenade to the Secret Banquet (near the Bath House) accompanied by our festive lanterns, where there will be refreshments, hot cider and treats. Ricky Gene Powell and Bando Rio will be making music for us there, creating a magical atmosphere for this enchanted event.
Open workshop hours are being held right now, until event time, at the Fremont Arts Council’s Power House, 3940 Fremont Ave N (come to the center of the universe to help illuminate the celebration!) Bring materials to make something or come create something with materials on hand.
Volunteers are wanted to help with various tasks –
this event is simple to put on, but there’s always stuff to do – we need help serving treats at the event, and setting up Tuesday.   If you’d like to lend a hand, please email Peter Toms (ptoms at drizzle dot com).

The Fremont Arts Council has a long history of producing art-based events that celebrate community and cultural creativity

~ Thank you! 2010 Solstice Parade Participants & Volunteers ~

Words can only express a smidgen of the gratitude we have for our volunteers and participants of the Fremont Solstice Parade.

Each and every one of you, in whatever way you participated, helped us make this beautiful episode in street theater come to life.


Here is a short list of some special people we want to recognize for their stellar involvement during the 2010 Fremont Solstice Parade: (this is in no way a complete list, there are far to many contributors to list everyone!)
Big Thanks to our volunteers who made everything happen so seemlessly, there is NO way we could have accomplished this without you.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!


Leslie Zenz, Solstice Director

Mylinda Sneed, Parade Coordinator

David Marine, Workshop Coordinator

Gyan Davies, Gas Works Coordinator

Laura Baumwell, Fundraising Coordinator

Shawn Murphy, Security Director

Sonia Telesco, SOL & Publications Coordinator

Maque Da Vis, Solstice Float Technician


Susan Harper, Gas Works Stage Coordinator

Dan Boyd, Green Hat & Plumbing Repair-person Extrodinairre

Sky, Drop in Angel (swooped in at the last minute to help accomplish all the tasks!)

Mike Cozad, Monitor Extrodinairre & Tent Maverick

Brenda Wiest & Teamsters 117, Chalk Fairies (teamsters in fairy wings ~ what could be better?)

Jennifer Mahern, Registration Diva Extraordinairre

Shelly Lyons, Fantastic Pit-Go Organizer

Jon Hegeman, So we didn’t have to go in a pit (when our plumbing broke!)

Hank Graham, Photographer Wrangler

Bill Fahey, Workshop Pop

Linda Phelps, Workshop Mom

Simon Neale, Power House Sign Hanger


Thank you to all of our ensembles, you awed, enthralled, & inspired!

There are so many great artists & participants here are just a few who stood out in 2010:

Green Hat Ensemble, Disco for Dollars: Barbara Luecke & Jerry Smith, a record breaking year! They really shook their money makers!

Volcano!: Brian Kooser, Artist in Residence / Welcoming Presence in the Workshop

Yellow Submarine: Norma / Peter / Denise / Lars & all, Best on the Street

Edderkop: Jessica Randall, Best Float Made from Natural & Recycled Materials

Blank Canvas: Most Adversity on Parade Day (& they still finished! You guys ROCK!)

Michael Cepress and his FLOCK OF BIRDS!: Most Interesting & Fun Way to fix a Costume Malfunction on the Parade Route

Having a Ball: Salmon Bay, Best Crowd Interaction (2nd Year in a row!)

Community Partners:

Phil Meaganhart & Philly Hosko, Bold Hat Productions for a smooth Fremont Fair transition & collaboration

Rich Piecora, Piecora’s for a fantastic beer garden

Charles Wright, Wright Brothers Cycle Works for giving our VIP Donors a place to sit, hosting our stage & keeping them all dry (you are awesome!)

Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing Company for his generous donation for our participants & volunteer party (Solstice Pale Ale ~ how appropriate! & Yummy!)