Sunday, October 17, 2010

FEAST Toronto -- Call for proposals


Come FEAST with us!

FEAST (Funding Emerging Arts with Sustainable Tactics) is starting up in Toronto.

A sliding scale dinner and funding event, FEAST invites artists, designers and groups to propose projects that will positively affect their community. At each FEAST participants pay a sliding-scale entrance fee, for which they will receive dinner and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed projects. At the end of the dinner, the individual or group whose proposal receives the most number of votes will be awarded funds, collected through the entrance fees, to produce their project. The individual or group will be invited back to the next FEAST to present their completed project.  

We are looking for proposals for Toronto’s first ever FEAST event, taking place on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at XPACE Cultural Centre. The concept behind FEAST is to offer an alternative method for support for artists and designers that are unlikely to receive funding from mainstream funding sources or other/alternative sources.  Using this criterion, the organizers will select approximately 12 projects to be presented at FEAST. 

FEAST proposals should include:

(1) A Project Summary, and the answers to the following questions:

(2) How will you use funding to realize your project?
(3) Why is this project important to a larger community? (This could be any group of people)
(4) How will you share your project at the next FEAST?

Each project presents a 5-7 minute presentation to the gathered dinner guests over dinner, and then everyone gets a chance to vote on which projects they would like to fund.  The money raised from the dinner (approximately $600) will go to fund the project with the most votes.  We will also have a dedicated student grant of $300.

Each section of the proposal (1-4) should be no longer than 100 words.  Remember these will be short presentations, so keep it brief and to the point!  In order to be considered for FEAST funding, you must be able to attend the dinner event.  This event is a bare bones event and is run with the idea that if we band together as a community we can support projects for that community.  The grant is directly funded from ticket sales, so everyone involved in the event (including presenters and organizers) contributes by purchasing a dinner ticket.  Please indicate clearly on your proposal if you are applying for the FEAST grant or the XPACE-funded student grant.

* Proposals are due by:
Monday, December 13, 2010
* Email your complete proposals (and/or any inquires) to Amber Landgraff and Deborah Wang at:

This event is generously co-presented by 
XPACE Cultural Centre, sponsored by A Space Gallery and Amsterdam Beer, and supported by Fuse Magazine.