Subject: Artist Members: Call for Your News + #CAFCArtistoftheDay

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May 16 - June 13, 2020
DEADLINE: Tues. May 12 

Send your news to:
DEADLINE: Tues. May 12, noon, at latest. 
  • Please include all group shows, awards, publications etc.
  • Please send links to images - on a website, Facebook, Instagram. 
  • We welcome your comments on the pieces you are exhibiting, publishing, virtually performing etc.
  • We're happy to answer your questions or field responses.
#CAFCArtistoftheDay - Please Join In!
We invite you all to submit an image of work you have created in the last 8 weeks, plus a short statement about what in the current crisis situation may have triggered the work. Email me the image, technical detail and statement to me at david@culturalalliancefc.orgCheck #CAFCArtistoftheDay each day on our FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages. Please "like" and "share." Thank you!
$5,000 grants to artists in dire need of support. "Before applying, we ask that applicants self-evaluate whether they are experiencing dire financial emergencies during this time and make space for those most urgently in need.
 Due to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we define “dire financial emergencies” as the lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and food. We are aware that each artist’s needs differ, so ask that you thoroughly and accurately describe your situation. Applicants should demonstrate a pressing and critical need for emergency support to be considered for this grant.We also highly recommend reviewing our FAQ for questions related to eligibility, application, selection process, and disbursement."
Emergency relief grant program will provide $1,250 in aid to Tri-State non-salaried workers in the visual arts who have experienced financial hardship from lack of income or opportunity as a direct result of the COVID-19 crisis. Details here. Round 2 Deadline: May 20.
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) is delighted to announce its VIRTUAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE, open to artist members of the CAFC and their collaborators.

Recognizing the challenge of the current crisis of viral infection and social isolation, and how it affects the creation of current forms of artistic expression, CAFC, in partnership with Beechwood Arts & Innovation, and with help from an anonymous donor, seeks  to support solutions to this situation.

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County offers the VIRTUAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE as an incentive for artists, musicians and performers, working across all media, to create innovative, interactive, virtual programs, and new virtual methods of engagement, that can generate income and provide possible new forms for sustainability. 

Programs can build on existing forms, such as exhibits, talks, lectures, classes, dance/theater/music experiences, etc., but must have an innovative/new element and must clearly provide opportunities to generate income. 

Submitted work will be judged, and awarded points, on its ability to: 
  • be innovative in its presentation, clearly showing the use of art and digital formats in a new way; 
  • be interactive - engaging its audience in ways that includes feedback and interactivity with its audience; and 
  • incorporate an ability to generate income for the artist(s). 
Applicants complete a simple application form submitting the URL where the work can be seen and, in addition to contact information, a statement of up to 250 words explaining: 
  • WHAT the program is (2-3 sentences max) 
  • HOW it works/key elements (5-6 bullets) and
  • WHY it is innovative, interactive and can generate income (2-3 sentences). 
Artists may develop and submit their work using any digital platform that has a URL. Judges will typically review 5-10 minutes of submitted work; artists are asked to indicate the 5-minute section of the work they want the judges to view, although they may view longer sections of the work. 

Applicants must be a current member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Non-members may join the Cultural Alliance before submitting an application. Collaborations are encouraged; only the applicant need be a CAFC member. 

We are offering prizes of $2,000, $1250 and $750 for the top three submissions as judged by a jury of practitioners in the field. Jurors are: 
Holly Danger (Danger Gallery); 
Cheryl Williams (CBS News and CAFC Board). 

The winning works will be shown in a special presentation of Beechwood’s interactive virtual The WE Events

Complete the application form at
DEADLINE: June 30, 2020 (11:59pm) 

Note: should the artist(s) submitting this work receive a Connecticut Artists Respond Grant from the CT Office of the Arts (see below), they should be clear that a condition of that grant is that the submitted proposal be for a project or event that is free of charge for its audience, so that particular iteration of the project should not be submitted for this contest, where ability to generate income is one of the judging criteria. However, another version of the event/performance/presentation that does include a way of generating income may be submitted. 

Questions? Email, or call 203-256-2329. 

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County wishes to thank an anonymous donor for making this contest possible.
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