F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

A micro-grant raised by the people to support democratically-selected imaginative, sustainable, provocative project/s that address the theme of SURVIVAL.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 (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. F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 will take place on June 16th on the Rooftop at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland, 6 - 9 PM. Patrons will give a donation for which they receive a meal of locally produced and prepared food 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. 

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts invites artists, thinkers, and organizations to submit proposals for funding up to $1,000. Project proposals will address the theme SURVIVAL. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday, May 31, 2019.

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 2019.  We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

How to Submit a Proposal


Deadline: May 13, 2019 Midnight


F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2019 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to think outside of their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of SURVIVAL. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore "survival" as it intersects with social, cultural, political, economic, environmental concerns are welcome. What and who must survive? How do we insure survival? Why is survival important?  Finalists are selected from the field of submissions and will present their proposals at the F.E.A.S.T. event.

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)?
  • 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.  

All applicants will be notified by JUNE 7, 2019 if they are finalists.

Artists who submit proposals must be present at the JUNE 16, 2019 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

Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Video Art Screening Series presented by VisArts that highlights artists whose new media, experimental film, and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today

Video, sound art (up to 8 channels), film, and new media work will be accepted: experimental, documentary, animation, narrative, non-narrative, multimedia, virtual reality, augmented reality, net art, interactive media, etc.

All foreign language moving image artworks must have English subtitles.

Deadline for submissions is June 7, 2019

Submission specifications:

  • Video/Sound Art: You may submit up to 3 works. Videos must be in .mp4 file format. Maximum length of 15 minutes. Sound Art files can be either.mp3 or .wav format. Upload files below through our online platform or provide Vimeo links for video previews.
  • Resume/CV
  • Artist Bio (100 word max.)
  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)
  • $5 application fee


About VisArts
Transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts. From our beginning in 1987 as Rockville Arts Place operating in a converted garage to our current contemporary, state of the art facility in Rockville Town Square, VisArts has served local residents, students, art lovers, professional artists and others with an interest in the arts. Each year, VisArts welcomes more than 30,000 visitors through our doors to visit one of our four galleries, observe our studio artists on our second floor Artist Concourse, or to participate in art education classes, camp programs, and special events in our Buchanan Room.

For previous projects please visit:
Frame & Frequency 3 Vol. I
Frame & Frequency 3 Vol. II
Frame & Frequency 4 Vol. I

Frame & Frequency 4 Vol. II