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, and 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)
- 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 ($500 - 2008)