One of the most incredible elements of the Transformus experience is the artwork and creativity that blankets the landscape and fills the corners of Mysteria. It’s something that lives in the memories of everyone who has attended. We invite you to contribute to that experience, and would love to hear your ideas and see if we can help fund their completion. Anyone can apply for an art grant; you don't have to be a professional or even consider yourself an artist. We want YOU to make something awesome!
All forms of creativity may apply; in addition to fire and lights, other awesome iterations of creativity are: performance art, crazy costuming, interactive installations, sculptures great and small, floating and flying dreams, mutant transportation, and ephemeral experiences. You can engage any or all of the five senses, and give us all an experience to take home that we won’t find anywhere else. The number of projects we will fund is not limited, nor the amounts granted to each, but the total amount of funds we have limits the final results. There were over 100 applications submitted in 2016, and we expect many more this year.
This document outlines the following elements: Process, Exemptions, Selection Criteria, and Application Requirements.
Please be thorough in your responses and include pictures! Over the years, projects that are thoroughly yet concisely described with images included have been the most successful at receiving funding.
These elements should give you what you need to apply. We have worked hard to level the playing field, so read through everything and show us how amazing the art will be this year. Please forward any questions, images, renderings, and other support materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your creativity with the Transformus family!
*** Here is an example of a prior recipient of a creativity grant that we think did a great job with their proposal. Check it out for guidance on how to fill out your application. It will give you an idea of what the jury sees - all personally identifying information is scrubbed from the proposal. Let us know if you have questions!
Tentative Schedule: • Now through April 1st - Applications received • Early April - All applications blinded and forwarded to the jury • April 8th-10th - The jury scores each application based on criteria mentioned below • Mid April - The jury reviews scores, selects projects, and recommends funding via conference call • Mid April - Applicants are notified of their selection and funding • Early May - Tax information and contracts due back from artists • Early May - Payment issued • May - Artists proceed with fabrication • June 20 - Proof of substantial completion will be due • July - Delivery and installation at Transformus
There are limits to what Transformus will fund for these projects. Consider the following as you develop your concept:
Exemptions from funding: • Individual Theme Camp (note that creativity placed within Theme Camps can be considered) • Artists' time, labor, or personal transportation costs • Theme Camp Infrastructure (structures, bar, sound systems, lighting, etc.) • Alcohol • Large scale equipment, including durable items mainly intended for personal use • Prior projects which received a Creativity Grant (augmentation of prior pieces may be considered)
Selection Criteria: • Feasibility Physical - Financial - Schedule - Is it well thought out and realistic? • Community Engagement/Interaction Does it engage burners and add to the Transformus Experience? • Safety Is it safe, in regard to fire, heights, sharp metal, or other physical danger? • Leave No Trace Environmental Concerns – Is it effective within the Deerfield’s environment? Does it adhere to burner principles? • Jury Preference/Personal Appeal The jury considers if it is something they would personally like to see at Transformus.
Who can apply?Anyone in the Mysterian community who does not fall in the categories below: * A member of Transformus leadership (this includes TLC, Team Leads, Team Co-Leads) * A member of the Transformus Family of Burns Board of Directors * Significant others (co-habitating partners) of any of the above
Application information and details are listed below. Be thorough, but please don't write a novel! There are character limits in place.
It is recommended that you look through this form and answer questions in a separate text document which you can then copy/paste here to avoid typing things multiple times if anything goes wrong with your submission.
***Applications WILL NOT be accepted via email, everyone must complete this form to be considered.***