Shadow Arts Grant
We believe in supporting art in the community, and that’s why in 2008 we started a fund earmarked for arts-related grants. The money raised at the Shadow Art Fair (from the two-cent admission fee, and the special Shadow Brews, for instance) supply the grant fund, then we make it available to local artists to help them with their awesome ideas.
A guideline of things we look for when reviewing applications:
- Feasibility of project: does the applicant have a project plan or scope, have the necessary experience or access to that experience? Will the Shadow Arts Grant fund the project to the point that it will be successfully completed?
- Clearly defined project: has the applicant worked through the logistics? Is the intent and outcome clearly communicated?
- Financial concerns: did the applicant ask for enough money to complete the project successfully? Do they have outside funding to supplement the grant?
- Arts-related: is the project within the scope of an arts-related activity and the "mission" of the Shadow Art Fair and the Michigan Design Militia?
- Breadth of impact: Who will be impacted by the project? What is its breadth of impact?
Previous Shadow Arts Grant recipients include:
- The Mad Tinkers ($200 - Krampus 2011)
- Martin Thoburn ($200 - Krampus 2011)
- Spontaneous Art ($200 - Krampus 2011)
- FLY Children's Art Center, to help stock their supply closet ($1000 - 2010)
- The Dreamland Theater, to fund their History of Ypsilanti puppet show ($740 - 2009)
- Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services, for their Art and Recovery Project (funds were also matched by Issue Media Group) ($500 - 2008)
- Atomic Art Collective, to construct studio space at their new Ann Arbor location (sadly they have since disbanded) ($500 - 2008)