Ignite! Art Grant Information

One of the most incredible elements of the Ignite! experience is the artwork and creativity that blankets the landscape and fills the corners of Combustia. It’s something that lives in the memories of everyone who has attended. We invite you to contribute to that experience, and would love to hear your ideas and see if we can help fund their completion.

Anyone can apply for an art grant; you don’t have to be a professional or even consider yourself an artist. We want YOU to make something to share! This is an all ages opportunity. If under age 18, the individual must have an adult sponsor that is approved by their parent or guardian (if not one of those). If you are an adult burner with some creative youngin’s, work with them to help pitch and develop their ideas and let’s bring some of their art to Combustia!

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.

This document outlines the following elements: Process, Exemptions, Selection Criteria, and Application Requirements. For information on this year’s schedule and the link to the application, check out the post about this year’s art grants!

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.

Who can apply?

Anyone in the Combustia community who does not fall in the categories below:

  • A member of Ignite! leadership (this includes IPA, Team Leads, Team Co-Leads)
  • A member of the Transformus Family of Burns Board of Directors
  • Significant others (co-habitating partners) of any of the above

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

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
  • Artists’ time, labor, or personal transportation costs
  • Theme Camp Infrastructure (structures, bar, sound systems, lighting, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Large scale equipment
  • Projects that where previously funded cannot be funded for the same aspects again; new additions that are significantly different may be funded

Selection Criteria:

  • Feasibility
  • Community Engagement/Interaction
  • Safety
  • Leave No Trace
  • Jury Preference/Personal Appeal

Final Thoughts

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

Questions that were not covered here, please email [email protected]

Remember: You only have until December 15th to apply!

Ignite! Art Jury Information

Want to serve on a jury that you won’t be searching for excuses to get out of?  Want to contribute towards our community art but don’t have a creative bone in your body? The Art Jury is the place for you.  The jury will convene after art grant applications close. Jury members review blinded applications and then participate in a call on a selected date for approximately 3 hours to review each application and help select the winners.  In order to be on the jury, you cannot be a part of the applicant pool and are asked to disclose if you know of a blinded project while on the jury call.

For information on how to join this year’s jury, click here