What is it?
The Euphoria Art Fundraiser is a online, community-driven art funding program for any and all groups or individuals that want to bring art to Euphoria. Have an idea that’s been sitting in the back of your head for a while? Or maybe some fresh inspiration hit you recently and you’d like to make art, but it’s not necessarily doable with your current resources. The Euphoria Art Fundraiser is for you! This year, the Events Committee has allocated $5,000 to help artists make cool things!
- Final date to submit applications: February 10th
- Online Fundraiser: February 15th until February 28th
- Fund distribution: On or around March 7th
How it works: Using your Euphoriaburn.com account, each Euphoria attendee will be allocated 10 ballots that you can cast for your preferred projects. At the end of the fundraiser, money will be disbursed proportionally based on the total percentage of ballots that project received. Additionally, individuals will also be able to donate to projects out of their own pocket, and these funds will supplement org funding. While projects funded by the ballot process will be capped at a maximum award of $650 (in order to allow the maximum number of art projects to be funded), individual donations are not limited in any way.
The Euphoria Art Fundraiser is about more than simply providing money to artists for projects. One purpose of the event is to place the privilege and responsibility of allocating community funds in the hands of the community. Funding is not decided by a committee of select individuals. Instead, any Participant can help decide which project every dollar they spend is allocated to.
Another purpose of the event is to empower YOU to achieve your artistic vision through logistical support and, of course, funding. The Euphoria Art Fundraiser Team and the Euphoria Art Team work with you on tasks like making budgets and promoting yourself and your vision. We are here to help you with many of the logistical and administrative skills necessary to undertake an art project of any scale, should you need it!
We especially encourage art that’s theme-specific. Euphoria 2016’s theme is Topsy Turvy Laboratory. Go here to read more about it! More details on exactly how the event and funding works can be found on the Euphoria Art Fundraiser FAQ.
What kind of projects are eligible?
Almost anything you can think of:
Sculptures made of any material, including burnable ones*
Fire art *
Propane for already existing fire art*
Playful, interactive art
Art incorporating the creative use of lights and/or sound
Whatever crazy idea that you’re thinking of right now!
*Any fire art MUST be approved through Fire Safety. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans!
Here is a short list of things that will not be funded through this process:
Ticket to the event.
Projects in which little to no creation is involved.
Projects without a significant outward-facing component or projects that only allow a small portion of the community to experience them.
Anything that violates local, state, or federal law.
Anything deemed by the Euphoria Art Fundraiser Team to be unreasonably dangerous or reckless.
If you’re not sure whether or not something can be funded, then just ask us! We want to say “YES!” to as much as we can, and we’ll work with you the best we can to make your vision a reality.
Who should apply?
Anyone with a vision and the drive to achieve it! But please keep this in mind...
The Euphoria Art Fundraiser is specifically targeted for groups and individuals that have a vision, but lack the funding and support necessary to achieve it. The Euphoria Art Fundraiser exists to relieve the financial burden that would prevent you from making your art. If there are not serious financial barriers between you and the creation of your project, we request that you consider not participating in this process.
This also applies particularly to established theme camps, especially those that don’t collect any dues from their members or utilize other avenues for fundraising. For example, consider a camp of 35 members. This camp has 35 different paychecks to pool money from. If each member contributed $30, then that’s a total of $1,050 for the camp to work with. Now consider a single person or a small group of 4 people trying to come up with $1,050. Those are very different scenarios!
We won’t attempt to judge anyone’s financial need. Instead, we are choosing to trust the community to self-select. We simply ask that you be mindful of what your needs and resources are and make that judgement yourself. Consider that if you could have funded your project another way, then you’ve taken money from another artist that may not have had other options.
The Euphoria Art Fundraiser team has lots of experience in funding projects through other means. If you decide not to get funding through the Art Fundraiser, but aren’t sure exactly how to go about securing funding through other ways, let us know! We’ll do whatever we can to help you out!
Ok, I’m in! What’s next?
Fill out the application. Let us know if you need any help! Please send all questions, comments, and concerns to email@example.com.