2020 Art Grant Info

Art Grant Applications for Ignite! 2020 are now closed! Thank you to all our beautifully imaginative applicants for your submissions. The jury’s decisions will be announced before ticket sales begin on 1/26; feel free to contact [email protected] for more visibility into the selection process.

For information about our art grant program as a whole, please visit the Art Grant page here.

All forms of creativity may apply; in addition to fire and lights, other awesome iterations of creativity are: performance art, interactive installations, sculptures great and small, floating and flying dreams, and ephemeral experiences. You can engage any or all of the five senses, and give us an experience to take home that we won’t find anywhere else. The number of projects we will fund is not limited, nor the amounts granted to each, but the total amount of funds we have limits the final results. 

For 2020, we have a total budget of $3,250 to disperse between all recipients.

This document outlines the following elements: Process, Exemptions, Selection Criteria, and Application Requirements.

Please be thorough in your responses and include pictures! Over the years, projects that are thoroughly yet concisely described with images included have been the most successful at receiving funding. Clear budgets, concept images, and attention to detail helps the jury see your vision.

These elements should give you what you need to apply. Read through everything and show us how amazing the art will be this year. 

Please forward any questions, images, renderings, and other support materials electronically to [email protected].

Share your creativity with the Ignite! family.

If under the age of 18, must have an adult sponsor that either is, or is approved by, their parent or guardian

Process & Schedule:

  • 10/15/19 – Art Grants OPEN
  • 012/15/19 – Art Grants CLOSE
  • Applications blinded and forwarded to the jury
  • Jury scores each blinded application based on criteria mentioned below
  • Jury reviews scores, selects projects, and recommends funding via Google Meets
  • 01/15/20 – Applicants will receive an email with details on selection and funding
  • 01/25/20 – Tax information and contracts due back from artists
  • February – First payment of 60% issued to artists
  • 04/15/19 – Proof of substantial completion due for distribution of the 2nd payment of 30%
  • Delivery and installation at Ignite!
  • Final Payment of 10% processed after the event

There are limits to what Ignite! will fund for these projects. Consider the following as you develop your concept:

Exemptions from funding:

  • Individual Theme Camp (note that creativity placed within Theme Camps can be considered)
  • Artists’ time, labor, or personal transportation costs
  • Theme Camp Infrastructure (structures, bar, sound systems, lighting, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Large scale equipment, including durable items mainly intended for personal use
  • Projects that were previously funded cannot be funded again (with limited exceptions)

Selection Criteria:


Physical – Financial – Schedule – Is it well thought out and realistic?

Community Engagement/Interaction:

Does it engage burners and add to the Ignite Experience?


Is it safe, in regard to fire, heights, sharp metal, or other physical danger?

Remember this is an all ages event. Children will be present.

Leave No Trace:

Is it effective within the Spirithaven environment? Adhere to burner principles?

Jury Preference/Personal Appeal

The jury considers if it is something they would personally like to see at Ignite.

Final Thoughts

  • Be thorough and concise, noting when elements are not applicable (N/A).
  • You can only apply for one art project. We want everyone to have a chance at receiving money.
  • If awarded an art grant of $600 or more, you will receive a 1099 at the end of the year.

Have Questions that were not covered here? Please email [email protected] 

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Art Grant Application  

2020 Ignite! Art Jury Members NEEDED

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Did you know: Our organization is entirely volunteer-run, from the Board of Directors, planning committees, right down to our Traffic and Parking Volunteers.

Be the weird you want to see in the world. Volunteer.

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