F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics; locally hosted by VisArts) is a bridge between artists and the community. F.E.A.S.T. is designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. Participants will listen to & review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations.
Throughout the pandemic, individuals have participated in supporting their community through actions spanning from helping a neighbor to creating a new free grocery delivery service. Artists and makers have dedicated their creative efforts to projects like the Auntie Sewing Squad, B'more Community Fridge, and the Wherewithal Grants distributed by WPA. The outpouring of altruism and empathy many felt during the past year has helped to protect individuals and communities in the midst of disaster. While we have each been permanently changed as a result of covid-19, the feeling of urgency is beginning to fade, as it often does after a crisis.
As a result, we ask:
F.E.A.S.T. 2021 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to expand their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of MUTUAL AID. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore mutual aid are welcome! F.E.A.S.T. 2021 advocates for proposals that join art with social, cultural, political, economic, historic, and environmental dynamics.