What is Ignition Northwest?
Ignition Northwest is a non-profit arts organization founded in 2005 by a community of artists in the Seattle area. Originally, the main thing we all had in common was that we had all been to Burning Man (an annual counter-cultural arts event), and we had all been moved in some way by our experience there. Our community evolved rapidly and our needs became more complex, and as our community grew larger, so did our desire to organize into a force for positive social change.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ART GRANTS?
Ignition Northwest provides three types of grants for artists’ projects going to our regional “post playa” event. Our goal is to encourage art that fosters the ideals of the Burning Man community. Artists working in experimental, emerging, cross-disciplinary, and traditional categories are encouraged to apply, to display their art and add to the collective, participatory spirit of the event. This program is to help inspire and facilitate new ideas and artists.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE?
New Art Grants:
for new art projects, up to $300. Application period is from October 6th until October 28th.
for small scale projects up to $100. Application period is from October 6th until funds are exhausted and is first come, first served.
for existing art projects, to cover repair, operational and transportation costs, up to $300. Application period is from October 6th until funds are exhausted and is first come, first served.
WHAT DOES IT COVER?
Ignition Northwest art grants ONLY cover materials, operational costs, and transportation for projects. These grants do not cover individual artists’ time — we are an all-volunteer organization; no one gets paid for their time.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
You MUST be a member of Ignition Northwest (which is free.) Here is the registration form. Any individual artist, team of artists or established group (for teams of artists, please have one person submit an application for the group) may apply. You must be a citizen of the US of A and submit a complete W9 form found here. If you have submitted a W9 in calendar year 2015, you do not need to re-submit.
If under 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the contract for you.
WHAT KIND OF ART DO THESE GRANTS COVER?
Includes but is not limited to:
Film, Video, Animation, Teleplays, Sound Art, Immersive Audio & Video Works
Includes but is not limited to:
Crafts, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Dance, Theater, Interactive Installation & Sculpture
Or any mix of the above.
If you can convince us it’s awesome and you can build it for SeaCompression 2015 we will consider it.
WHAT WE WILL NOT COVER?
Your time, food or beverage, and other inappropriate items at the discretion of the INW Art Council or Chair.
Projects will be evaluated based on the application’s artistic idea and practical explanation of construction.
The artistic idea is the idea of the project, its philosophic intent and impact on others.
The practical explanation of construction is the artist’s explanation that the project can be completed based on the timeline and budget provided. We also evaluate if Ignition Northwest’s financial support will be sufficient enough to finish the project. Project completion does not need to be solely dependent on Ignition Northwest funds (e.g. personal fundraising etc).
Evaluation of the applications and selection of artists’ projects to receive support will be done by the INW Art Council comprised of volunteers, artists, and art lovers. Applicants might be asked if they can complete the project for less funding than they originally asked for, in order to fund as many projects as possible.
MATERIALS TO SUBMIT?
All application materials must be submitted by email.
The grant application is broken into several sections:
Tell us about yourself.
Tell us about your project. What is the idea behind it, what kind of art is it, how large is it, will it need special accommodations (electrical/water/fire), how many people are needed and/or available to set up/tear down, will it need special safety precautions and if so what kind, will it need someone present to operate it, does it have a sound or light component, do you have a leave no trace plan?
Tell us how long it will take you to assemble your project. Tell us what will be completed by when. This is important, because large grants are not awarded all at once, but in installments. These payments are dependent on showing proof of progress leading up to SeaCompression. Please include payment dates and proof of progress requirement dates in your timeline.
BUDGET (PROJECT EXPENSES)
Tell us what your material needs are for making this project. This is where you list a line-item budget of what materials you are using and how much they cost.
Show us your idea. This is where you include concept drawings, pictures of models or prototypes, wiring diagrams, pictures of projects that are similar to yours, etc.
Have you created a project similar to this before? Have you received a grant and created a project for SeaCompression or BM in the past? Include a short description and/or pictures if available.
The more detailed the information about what your project is, what it is made of, what material you will use and what it costs, how long it will take you, and what it will look like completed, the better the application.
All applicants will be notified by email or phone with the decisions of the INW Art Council.
New Art Grants:
Grants Funded to be announced Nov 2nd & cut off for all grant submissions is Oct 28th.
Micro, and Refurb Grants:
Artists will be notified within 1 week or less of submission of their application.
WHEN WILL GRANTS BE PAID OUT?
Micro and Refurb grants will be paid out as they are received and approved. New grants after they are approved. Checks will be written in a batch to save wear/tear on the Treasurer.