© 2013  Maja Petric, Skies, Multi-media installation. Courtesy of the artist

© 2013 Maja Petric, Skies, Multi-media installation. Courtesy of the artist

4Culture’s Art Projects empowers applicants to choose their own criteria

Artists usually laugh in our workshops when I cry out Help me, help you! Yet the more candid applicants are about how they work and what they need, the better we can support their efforts.

We did a lot of listening in 2013, and in response to the feedback we received, we have made some exciting, experimental changes to our Art Projects criteria.

Our hope is that artists and art groups, will apply for and receive funding based on art and ideas that are honest and essential to their work. Additionally, we anticipate our peer-panelists will have an easier time managing a smaller volume of applications, which have similar goals.

This year, peer-panels will select and recommend the most highly qualified projects for funding based on our Core and Choice Criteria. Core Criteria is used by the peer-panel to evaluate all Art Projects applications and YOU will select one (1) Choice Criterion that will also be used to evaluate your application.

 

 

Every application will be evaluated using our Core Criteria:

  • Art is a primary component of the project
  • Applicant demonstrates the experience to accomplish the scope and scale of the project
  • The project budget is feasible and the request to 4Culture is appropriate
  • One or more compelling, feasible public events in King County is clearly described.

You Select one of these Choice Criterion to be used to evaluate your application:

  • Artistic Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Sustained Value

Review these descriptions to help you select your Choice Criterion:

ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT

Seeks to support projects that provide one or more of the following:

  • Pushes the artistic discipline/form
  • Integrates artistic disciplines/form
  • Explores or expands discipline/form/topic in new directions
  • Is a departure from past/current work
  • Expands the discipline/form
  • Builds professional skills

Here are examples of actual past projects we think had a primary goal of Artistic Development: 

Degenerate Art Ensemble: Seeking to push the boundaries of performance, DAE is creating a new chapter of their series of portraits of imagined iconic embattled women.

Eunice Kim: A solo exhibition of new collagraph monoprints, created as part of an ongoing series, which utilizes environmentally safe printing methods.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Seeks to support projects that provide one or more of the following:

  • Interactive art experience
  • Educational art experience
  • Specific community or general public is integral to the project

Here are examples of actual past projects we think had a primary goal of Community Engagement: 

Christy Fisher: Keepsake is a multimedia installation using movement and dance, created with patients/participants at Cancer Lifeline, Seattle.

Powerful Voices: The DYVAS Zine project is comprised of 24 underserved girl artists collaboratively create two free, electronically accessible zines that promote social justice.

SUSTAINED VALUE

Seeks to support projects that provide one or more of the following:

  • Consistent quality
  • Preserving tradition
  • Dedication to discipline/form
  • Cultivating personal voice

Here are examples of actual past projects we think had a primary goal of Sustained Value: 

Sean Osborn: Creates and presents an annual free clarinet festival, now in its thirteenth year, featuring performances, master classes, vendors selling equipment and music, workshops and a community clarinet choir.

AfroLatino Festival: A family friendly, free festival that presents local and international musical groups, which interpret and proudly represents the AfroLatino music.

 

Some projects will FIT under two or more Choice Criteria.

Applicants will have to decide which Choice Criterion will best advocate for their project. Many projects will include artistic development, community engagement and sustained value components, however, applicants will have to identify Choice Criteria, which is the priority for the project.

EXAMPLE: Seth Damm is an artist who founded and oversees The Art Lending Library, which is an ongoing project that provides original artwork to the public for free much like a book library. In 2013 he proposed expanding the library and its services, which requires the development of new artist-designed media and outreach materials. This is something he had not done before and would require stretching out of The Art Lending Library’s usual business into uncharted territory.

Integral to the project is community engagement and the fact that it is on-going, means it has sustained value. He’s also pushing himself/his project into creative disciplines outside of the visual arts, and that’s artistic development. Seth could argue his project aligns with any of the Choice Criteria. He will have to select the one that is most critical to him at this time. He should select the one he’s most passionate about and can pitch to the panel.

We hope this experiment is not a disaster, but an innovative idea that will push us toward funding artists and arts groups in King County more fairly and equitably. Thanks for taking this ride with us!