Pop Up Creativity Grants
Pop Up Creativity Grants will fund projects that are temporary creative experiences, installations, or objects that are accessible and/or located in public places or within public view. Projects may occur on streets, sidewalks, alleys, plazas, or interior public spaces. Projects in locations that demonstrate a need for creative experiences are eligible. These projects should be on a scale that they can be planned, developed, and executed within a 3-4 month production schedule. Projects can last for as little as one day or as long as one season.
Funds are best used for the interactive presentation of professional creative work. Payment of artist’s and/or creative’s fees is a priority. Engaging community members in art making and the art making process is encouraged, however projects that are solely designed as creative workshops will not be considered to meet the criteria. Some sample project ideas can be found in the Guidelines.
- Support innovative creative place-making projects in micro-communities across Sonoma County
- Support the individuals who do this work
- Build Sonoma residents’ sense of our shared creativity
- Increase the visibility of Creative Sonoma
Up to $5,000
Applicants may include artists, creative groups/collectives (applying under the name of a single creative leader), limited partnerships, non-profit organizations, or commercial businesses. Individual applicants must be Sonoma County residents (18 years or older) and group or business applicants must be physically located in Sonoma County. Read the extended eligibility and application requirements in the Guidelines.
- Innovation and Creativity of Idea
- Feasible Timeline and Realistic Budget
- Community Partnerships and/or Alliances
- Potential Impact on Community
- Completeness and Clarity of Application
GUIDELINES & APPLICATION HELP TOOL
Read the Guidelines, and then utilize the Application Help Tool, which contains all of the application questions and instructions. You will need to have or create an account on Submittable, our online application portal. The Pop Up Creativity Grant application will appear in the list of open grants on 12:00am on July 2, 2018. Click on the black Submittable button to get started.
DEADLINE AND DATES
July 2, 2018: Online Application Entry Opens in Submittable
July 17, 2018: Grant Info Session
August 2, 2018: Application Workshop
August 15, 2018: Application Deadline
Mid-September 2018: Awards Announced
October 2018 – March 2019: Funding period
November 1, 2018: Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce – Sonoma Art Walk partners local creatives/artists, many who have no brick and mortar exhibit space, with established Sonoma Valley businesses, allowing artists to showcase and sell their work while increasing foot traffic for businesses during what is typically offseason and outside of weekend hours.
November 1, 2018: Peter Hassen – Values Beyond Borders discusses values with Sonoma Valley middle school students, who then use metal stencils to chalk value words on the pavement surrounding La Luz Center, creating a public art project, setting the stage for Dia de los Muertos activities the following day.
January 10, 2019: The Sitting Room – The Local Legacies Project: Rising to Respond to the Fires brings community members of Sonoma County together to respond to the 2017 fires in a series of informal gatherings and filmed readings. While working with Sonoma Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, the community builds towards a film featuring the responses, rebuilding, and rejuvenation of open spaces affected by the fires.
February 16, 2019: Pulse Arts, Inc. – Why the Arts Matter features three interactive events: a collaborative mural painting with live music event featuring local visual and performing hip-hop artist; a kid-friendly, motivational hip-hop music, dance, beatbox, and spoken word poetry gathering; and a free professional photo shoot supporting an anti-bullying campaign.
March 18-24, 2019: Alchemia – Belonging Exhibit Increasing the Visibility of Artists with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities displays artfully designed messages of inclusion and empowerment, created by artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in the windows of participating businesses throughout downtown Petaluma.
The Arlene Francis Foundation – Emma Goldman Day explores the life and work of Emma Goldman in a day-long marathon of three plays, utilizing audience engagement, puppets, music, and large ensemble casts in an original theatre piece, followed by food and discussion.
Adam Sharron – Lighten the Dark Santa Rosa Midtown Traffic Island Illumination gently and dynamically illuminates the currently dark void of a traffic island, highlighting the forms of street tree trunks, branches, island, and leaves with LED lighting and reference both the shifting movement patterns of the city and the rhythms of the seasons and weather.
Sam Sirdofsky – “Arts Saturation” Saturdays for a Community of 245 Arts-Deprived Seniors offers the experience of live theater, music, sing-along, soothsayers and a made-by-residents arts and crafts show, during three spaced Saturdays, on campus at an isolated senior mobile home park in North Santa Rosa. A low-cost meal will begin each event.
PRIOR YEAR GRANTEES
2017 Pop Up Creativity Grantees