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Monday, May 16, 2016

NEW! The Ignite Creativity Fellowship and Lighter Fluid Prizes!

This year we are putting our marketing budget in the hands of the people who will put it to best use: our attendees! We’re skipping the fancy magazine ads and paid website banners so we can give that money directly to creative people with ideas for ways to make the community awesome! That’s $2000 dollars for artists!

TWO WAYS TO WIN:

1. The Ignite Creativity Fellowship- $1000

We want to fund a project with major community impact! Do you have a project in mind (or in process) that uses creativity/art/music/dance/theater to address a need or problem in the community? Tell us about it!
ELIGIBILITY + EXPECTATIONS
  • This opportunity is open to any creative person working in any medium anywhere.
  • You must be present to win. We want your energy and excitement at the Ignite Creativity Summit on June 3 + 4 in Raleigh NC! Once you have registered for the summit you will receive a link and application code with which to apply.
  • Your idea must have a community benefit. Preferably a very creative one.
  • We want to show off the amazing winner at this year’s summit. If you are selected to receive this fellowship we will ask you to speak for 5-10 minutes about it at this year’s Ignite Summit.
  • This is a fellowship, not a grant. This means that we are looking to invest in your vision. We do not expect you to account your spending or submit a budget.
  • Give us a shout out! Please mention this fellowship in any printed materials pertaining to your project. (“This project was funded through Visual Art Exchange’s Ignite Creativity Fellowship.”)
HOW TO APPLY:
Once you have registered for the summit you will be sent a code and link with which to apply for the fellowship. Make sure you indicate your interest in the awards when you register. (There’s a question about it.) You will need to submit the following by May 23:
  • A specific and clear project/vision statement describing: the community need/issue you are addressing, your creative solution to that need, your plan for realizing your vision (including partners, location, etc), and  how this fellowship will empower you to make a difference in your community.
  • Five jpegs of your current or recent work (or you can refer us to your website).
  • Three to five images illustrating the kind of project you are proposing. This can include drawings, renderings, vision boards, etc. (Images that are not your own MUST be credited in the caption.)
  • An image inventory sheet that tells us about the jpegs you are sending. Make sure to include titles, dates, dimensions, medium, and any descriptive notes you feel the jury should see.

2. Lighter Fluid Prizes- $250 (x 4 winners)

Pitch your idea/project at Ignite (in five minutes or less) and if the crowd loves it we’ll give you $250 to get it started! It’s the fastest fundraising around!
ELIGIBILITY + EXPECTATIONS
  • This opportunity is open to any creative person working in any medium anywhere.
  • You must be present to win. We want your energy and excitement at the Ignite Creativity Summit on June 3 + 4 in Raleigh NC! Once you have registered for the summit you will receive a link and code with which to apply for a slot by May 23.
  • If awarded a slot to pitch for a prize, you must be prepared to do so on June 4 at 11am at the Ignite summit.
  • Your idea must have a community benefit. Preferably a very creative one.
  • This is a prize, not a grant. This means that we are looking to invest in your vision! We do not expect you to account your spending or submit a budget.
  • Give us a shout out! Please mention this prize in any printed materials pertaining to your project. (“This project was funded through Visual Art Exchange’s Ignite Creativity Fellowship.”)
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Once you have registered for the summit you will be sent a code and link with which to apply to pitch your idea. There are ten slots available, and slots will be given to the ten most promising, out-of-the-box ideas. Make sure you indicate your interest in the awards when you register for the summit. (There’s a question about it.) Once you have your slot confirmed, how you proceed is up to you! If you want to just stand up and talk about your plan, great! If you’d like to project 3-5 images, great!
Some guidelines + tips:
  • Have fun! Fun presentations and ideas are by far the most memorable. The more memorable, the more votes you’ll get!
  • To have images:  you must submit your images with your application. The jpegs will be shown in alphabetical order so make sure you name them accordingly and with your name (example: SMITH_01.jpg).

The Ignite Creativity Summit, the crown jewel of VAE’s year-round Ignite educational programming,  inspires and excites creative people to think BIG.
Through Ignite, VAE is rethinking and retooling professional education for creative makers. Online search engines have changed the way people learn. With information just seconds away, the job of educating artists is no longer about providing data, but about teaching artists how to apply data to build stronger careers and communities. Ignite offers a new interactive learning structure to fit the times, providing creative entrepreneurs with learning experiences that can’t be googled.
The 2016 summit theme is HOME: How can communities be improved by their artists, and how can artists be improved by their communities?

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