Delicious Donations – Mini-grant for Arts Projects

Q & A

Posted in Questions by Delicious Donations on June 11, 2009
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Hello Everyone!

So I’m still working out the kinks for communicating exactly how this process works and I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the frequent questions that I’m getting!

No worries with questions! I just started this so I’m still trying to work out all the kinks. 

No you do not have to be within the theme of Wear and Tear. This event is just happening simultaneously to draw a larger crowd for both events. The main idea is to encourage the creation of new work in Pittsburgh, so any type of new artwork is encouraged to apply. No need to worry about trying to stick to a certain media or theme, we are looking for anything and everything. 

The last event we had several different projects: Victory Gardens (a girl was going around Pittsburgh and putting up small gardens in used plastic bottles in front of abandoned buildings and documenting the process); One girl wanted to create a doll version of the Pittsburgh City Council and do 1 min video reenactments; the winner was a guy who is starting a reoccurring video series; One girl creates textile sculptures; One guy wanted to start a social media project.

I think the key is having a good description for people to read because that is the main avenue that people are going to find out about your project. It should be short, succinct and direct. Because this is based on a capitalist system it also helps to encourage people you know to come to the event and vote for your work. 

So its anything and everything! hope this is a little more clearer.


And the next type:

So the process is a 1 paged artist statement that describes a current project or future project that you are working on and a verbal description of what the money would be used for: supplies, marketing, website, anything that has a direct relation to your project. Here are some past submissions for you to see:

Stacey Magda
Founder – River Rats Designs

River Rats Designs is a Pittsburgh based art and craft business focusing on anti-litter campaigns and community awareness. Recently, Stacey Magda of ‘River Rats’ has collaborated with like minded folks to create a group called ‘Bringing Every Soul Together’ (BEST). B.E.S.T. is a local grassroots organization focusing on getting the community together, and raising awareness and donations for local charities. In the past we have created opportunities for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Project Bundle Up, using local music, art, communities, and entertainment as the generator. We are currently planning our second event to take place June 20 at La Casa Winery in Gibsonia. This event will be to promote local arts and music education. We operate on a shoe string budget of donations and out of pocket support. This monetary boost could make this event even better than before, and provide a jumpstart for our bright future!

Avant-Savant Micro-Cinema 
Cody Darling

We are interested in coordinating a bi-monthly screening series that will eventually manifest in a permanent live/work art-space in Pittsburgh. In addition to providing a platform for contemporary media art that is not currently being screened anywhere in the city, this series will serve to bridge resident film/videomakers and the international filmmaking community as a whole, presenting locally produced work within a wider context. To inaugurate this series, we’d like to host a ‘One Take Super 8’ event in August.

The rules are simple: each participant will receive one roll of Super 8 (approx. 3 minutes in length) to shoot whatever they wish.   The filmmakers are not allowed to edit or view their films prior to the screening. Everything they shoot in the camera is what will be shown. Soundtracks (which are optional, but highly encouraged) must be produced separately, without the opportunity to see the footage beforehand, to be performed at the screening. With live (and by necessity, improvised) scores, combined with the always-palpable chance of failure associated with projecting an unseen film, the event assumes a performative edge, and added anticipation for the filmmakers and audience alike.

The One Take Super 8 Event is unique in that it spawns 20-30 brand new films by people near enough to attend.  The roster of filmmakers will be determined on a first come, first served basis; a call for submissions will be circulated among a wider than usual pool, with the hopes of encouraging non-filmmakers and artists working in adjacent mediums to also participate, placing first-time amateurs alongside seasoned auteurs.  The event thus expands the role of a film screening beyond curating/programming to the production of original works.

The One Take Super 8 Event was initiated in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian filmmaker and programmer Alex Rogalski.  Since then, Rogalski has brought the event to cities across North America, including Montreal, Syracuse, Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale, Ottawa, and Oberlin, Ohio, among others.  In the process, he has helped foster over 300 films by a variety of artists while providing local communities an opportunity to view this work collectively. These events have been wildly successful, regularly drawing audiences of 100-300 people, while renewing excitement for the Super 8 format.

With the success of this event we aim to build momentum and engage an audience interested film programming beyond the standard gallery fare. As a relatively low-cost affair, this seems to be an ideal event to kick-off a regular series and drawing an interested crowd, one of the most daunting obstacles of a screening.  

 Hope this was helpful, let me know if you have anymore questions!