GOOD ‘N PLENTY Grant
The next GOOD ‘N PLENTY Grant Cycle opens August 5, 2013 and closes September 2, 2013!
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is thrilled to announce the two GOOD ‘N PLENTY Grant recipients for this cycle: Christian Filardo and Blake McConnell each receiving $1,100. The money was funded by the community; the community chose which ideas to support, and the matching grant was provided by Scottsdale Public Art allowing for two Creatives to win this cycle!
Christian Filardo’s winning project: Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA)
The Tempe Museum of Contemporary Art will be a local, volunteer-run visual and performing arts space occupying two large sheds in Filardo’s backyard. Along with Chet Lawton, the two presented floor plans, enthusiasm, and a conceptual richness unparalleled. The GOOD ‘N PLENTY funding will enable TMoCA to take form, encouraging a DIY culture and helping to inspire artists to create their own spaces. Basically SMoCA is funding the birth of TMoCA.
Blake McConnell’s winning project: Una Casa de Sonidos
Blake is using his expertise in sound-art to conduct a series of workshops with the youth of Casa de Suenos, an organization that provides services to unaccompanied minors (12-16) who have come into custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The workshops will engage these young people through a series of hands-on activities to create instruments that can pick up on, and amplify, sounds and movement. GOOD ‘N PLENTY funds will go towards the equipment necessary to make these everyday objects (like a cardboard box) become a technically impressive instrument. The workshops, and instruments, will provide an opportunity for these young people, who are often rendered faceless and voiceless, to have a voice and a forum to present their sonic stories. They will be encouraged to assert their presence beyond that of a “detainee.”
WHAT IS A GOOD ‘N PLENTY ARTIST GRANT
GOOD ‘N PLENTY is a community-generated grant to support the projects of innovative art makers, wise-crackers and trailblazers based in Arizona. It aims to put the FUN back in fundraising one grant at a time! Inspired by the likes of FEAST in Brooklyn, MCA Denver’s Mixed Taste and PechaKucha, GOOD ‘N PLENTY infuses food ‘n humor, brevity ‘n innovation into one yummy fundraiser for Creatives! The GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant is offered three times per year.
HOW GOOD ‘N PLENTY WORKS
Community members pay ten bucks for more desserts, power and responsibility than they’ve ever had! For ten bucks they get to stuff their faces with sweet treats from a local bakery, listen/watch six Creatives present zesty projects and then vote for their favorite project of the evening! The project with the most votes is awarded the ONE ‘N ONLY, GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant, which is comprised of that evening’s funds and proceeds from Arm Wrestling for Art.
The six Creatives are selected by a panel of professionals in various fields including, but not limited to: social workers, performance artists, locksmiths, writers, educators, butchers, bakers and, of course, candlestick makers.
GOOD ‘N PLENTY grantees will NOT have to present a less-than-entertaining lecture in the museum on what they did with the grant, instead, they are obligated to invite community members to see what it is they are doing on location. For example, if a grantee’s projects is site-specific, she/he will invite community members to lace up their boots, and follow her/him through the Superstitions Mountains, to the airstream where her/his prickly pear installation resides. We aren’t suggesting you do that, but if you do, we will consider it.
*Note: Grantees of the GOOD ‘N PLENTY agree to permit SMoCA to photograph, film and/or video funded projects and usethe resulting photographic materials together with any images or materials provided by the Grantee in connection with this grant without restrictions or royalties paid to the Grantee by SMoCA.
WHAT GOOD ‘N PLENTY IS LOOKING FOR
About a month before each GOOD ‘N PLENTY, we will post a call for submissions. The application process is painless. Encouraging an element of fun ‘n freedom that other grants might not be inclined to offer; the panel of professionals will choose six projects to be presented at the event based on the following criteria:
Does the idea stand on its own whether or not it is ever made? Is it a compelling project? Groundbreaking? Necessary?
Is this project one that you’ve given thought, research, time and energy to or just 4:20-ed it in? We are interested in the former, the forming of ideas, the time they take to bake a great idea.
Does this project do good for someone, some thing, an entire community, a movement, an idea?
What will be the impact of this project? Will it address the concerns and interests of the community that is funding it?
The “FUN” in Fundraising
Like any good aesthetic experience, humor has the power to show audiences how two disparate things coming together can create a new meaning; how does your project use humor to reframe the way we see the everyday?
QUESTIONS ‘N ANSWERS
Who can apply for a grant?
GOOD ‘N PLENTY invites innovative art makers, wise-crackers, trailblazers and all other Creatives to apply.The GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant supports ideas outside of an artist/comedian/activist’s ordinary practice and encourages discipline mash-ups.
What if my school/museum/theatre/church wants to apply?
This grant is ONLY open to individuals.
Does my project have to take place inside of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)?
No. In fact, if your project requires the use of SMoCA, chances are it will not be chosen. This is a grant that challenges you to think outside of formal spaces.
I can’t make it to the event can I still apply?
No, sorry. You have to be present at the GOOD ‘N PLENTY event to present your project.
If I am a part of the “panel of professionals” does that mean I can’t apply for a grant?
Yes and No. Yes, you can, but only after one year from the date that you were a part of the panel of professionals.
I applied for GOOD ‘N PLENTY but was not selected. May I apply again?
Totally! Keep on applying! We are keen on optimism.
I live outside Arizona can I apply?
No, but we still like you. Please move to Arizona and apply.
I don’t like leaving my house, can I just make a donation?
Sure! Email Taniak@sccarts.org for more information on how you can contribute to the GOOD ‘N PLENTY Artist Grant.
*Note: The project is open to all artists. Selection panelists, City of Scottsdale employees, Scottsdale Cultural Council employees, Board Members, Volunteers, and their immediate family members and those residing in the same household are excluded from participating in this project
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Do you have an idea that is so innovative it just might fail? Ever thought that your art could create a new art movement? Got a creative way to heal complicated relationships with space, time, landscape, communities, or institutions? Sense of humor?
Then a GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant could be for you!
Depending on attendance at the event, a GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant is about $600-$1,200. The best projects are those that are process driven and not easily quantifiable. So think BIG and let this small grant help you along the way! Also, consider your audience, please. Projects are more likely to get votes from the community if they can see what the heck you are proposing. If your project is selected to be presented at the GOOD ‘N PLENTY event, make sure it is clear, concise, fun, engaging, performative, and atypical! You will have 6 minutes to WOW your pastry-filled audience!
August 5, 2013: Submissions Open
September 2, 2013: Submissions Close at 12:00pm Arizona Time
September 6, 2013: GOOD ‘N PLENTY Event from 7-9:00pm at SMoCA Lounge (inside Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)
How to Submit: Please answer each question individually. Include all answers and image in ONE PDF document not to exceed two pages in length. Submit your PDF via email ONLY to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject Line: GOOD ‘N PLENTY Grant/Application.
1. Title Page: Name, Address, Title of Project, Phone Number, and Email.
2. Project Description: (200 words max.) Is it a dance-party, flash mob, shared meal, an installation?
3. Allocation of Funds: (200 words max.) How will you use the grant to move your idea forward? Buy supplies? Pay for therapy? Hire drag queens? Entry fees for pie-eating competitions? Please be specific.
4. Why: (200 words max.) Why is your idea so important that it needs to be in the world? Who cares? Other than your mother?
5. One Image: Include one image that best describes the way this project makes you feel.
Email or call for updates on your application.
If your project is selected as one of the six, you will present your project at the GOOD ‘N PLENTY event on September 6„ 2013 to a hungry audience! Please prepare a short presentation (6 minutes max, we have a gong and we will use it) and remember to make it dynamic! It can be a performance, a song with images, a juggling-lecture, heck, get your mother to present if you think the audience will like her more! Your goal is to get people excited about your amazing idea!
If your idea wins, you get a big, cartoony bag with dollar signs on it at the end of the event and we’ll mail you the check after we’ve added up all the proceeds.
claims no responsibility or ownership for/of projects proposed to the GOOD ‘N PLENTY grant. This grant is not an exhibition or commission for/by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Submit Applications to: email@example.com
*Note: Applications sent after December 11, 2012 at 12:00pm Arizona time will NOT be reviewed.