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PDX Taco Festival Art Grant Presented By Connected Soul

Supporting an opportunity for independent artists to conceptualize and create innovative art. These projects will be focused on positive inspiration and civic involvement for the people of Portland. Each project must attempt to involve methods to create a more inclusive community and inspire others to do the same. The project will be displayed at Portland Meadows 1001 N. Schmeer Rd, Portland, OR 97217. The grantees will be featured at the 2017 Portland Taco Festival.


Develop Opportunities for Local Artists in Portland
Ensure Diversity, Inclusiveness, Equity and Accessibility
Advance community building and social change
Foster Meaningful, Creative Experiences for Youth

The purpose of this grant is to plant the seeds of community building through art. Creativity works because it is a way for us to connect to our neighbors and our surroundings. It is also a way to connect to something bigger than ourselves.


For the purposes of the Art Grant, a large scale interactive piece is defined as a one-of-a-kind work of art, which is hand-created and built as an exhibit designed to draw in the community. It may be comprised of a variety of mixed media, including three-dimensional elements, which are graded for exterior use.

The total grant funds available is $3,000, and will be awarded on merit and scale. Grant funds should be allocated towards build collateral, materials, marketing, and public relations of the piece located at Portland Meadows.


Any artist or team of artists demonstrating the ability to execute a successful project regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. We encourage emerging artists to apply.

Preference will be given to projects with:
An interactive community engagement piece.
A well-planned youth development and community engagement component.
Artists who demonstrate past ability to work on large scale projects.

Selection Process

The grant proposal will be managed by Connected Soul. Grantees will view criteria and submit ideas to our team. We will then narrow down the applicants to a reasonable number to be reviewed by the board and will choose 3 finalists. Once they have been chosen, we will be in contact to notify the winners.

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