F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2020

Application Deadline: August 30, 2020

F.E.A.S.T. 2020 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to expand their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of A MORE THAN HUMAN WORLD. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore and make visible a more-than-human perspective are welcome! F.E.A.S.T. 2020 advocates for proposals that join art with social, cultural, political, economic, historic, and environmental dynamics. Imaginings, actions, performances, dance, theater, writing, visual art, walks, physical and virtual, analog or digital, and beyond.

Project proposals offer opportunities for creative interaction within or between our communities. Great ideas specific to one community may also inspire action in another. 

  • Restore active relationships with a wider community that includes animals, plants, natural objects, patterns, and phenomena!
  • Cultivate many-sided experiences!
  • Join diverse partners for inclusive investigations!
  • Generate empathy and engagement!

Proposals are evaluated for artistic innovation, community impact, feasibility, proposal clarity, and content.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community. F.E.A.S.T. is a public meal designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. Patrons will give a donation for a meal and a ballot. Diners listen to and review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations. This year we will be hosting a virtual F.E.A.S.T. over Zoom. Tickets by donation, $15 minimum, 100% of donations go to fund the micro grant of up to $2000. 

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation and InCubate ( Another great resource:
Plan now to participate in F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2020.  We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

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 How to Submit a Proposal

You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great survival  vision in one place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the site you envision for your proposal.  Projects that blend the human and non- human environment with practical, poetic, utopian, or idealist ideas will help frame, visualize, and shape ideas about survival.

Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, olfactory discoveries, documents, parades, paths, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, games, architecture, walks, teach-ins, platforms, songs, games, gardens, clothing… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.  

Application content must include answers to all of the following questions:
1.     Title:       What is your project’s name?
2.     Summary: Describe your project in 250 words or less. Include statements on:
·       What will the F.E.A.S.T. funds be used for?
·       How will this project be implemented?
·       How does the project address the theme of SURVIVAL?
·       What is the community you are addressing? What is the community significance of your project? 

3.     One sentence each:

  • F.E.A.S.T. Funding Request:  How much will you need to do this (up to $1000) and how will you be spending the micro-grant?
  • Project Budget:  If your project costs are greater than what you have requested, please briefly state how you will be able to implement your project.
  • Timeframe: How long is this project going to take?
  • Location: Where will this take place?

 4.     Image: Attach one image (300 dpi, no larger than 2 MB) and any relevant URLs.  Please include a description of the image.

 Proposals are evaluated on these terms:

  • Artistic Innovation
  • Community Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Proposal clarity and content

Please note:  
Only complete proposals will be reviewed.  
Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.  
Applicants will be notified in September, 2020 if they are finalists.
Artists who submit proposals must be present at the October 4, 2020 F.E.A.S.T. to be eligible to appear on the ballot.
Should you win a F.E.A.S.T. grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (2020) to discuss the progress of your project.
Questions or advice:  Feel free to contact