F.E.A.S.T. 2022 Mutual Aid

Stephanie Mercedes, 2019 F.E.A.S.T grant winner

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

Throughout the pandemic individuals have participated in supporting their community through actions spanning from helping a neighbor to creating a new free grocery delivery service. Artists and makers have dedicated their creative efforts for projects like the Auntie Sewing Squad, B’more Community Fridge, and the Wherewithal Grants distributed by WPA. The outpouring of altruism and empathy many felt during the past year has helped to protect individuals and communities in the midst of disaster. While we have each been permanently changed as a result of covid-19, the feeling of urgency is beginning to fade, as it often does after a crisis.

As a result we ask:
• What if mutual aid organizations are the ones setting the precedent for a model of support?
• How can we continue to nurture the treasured generosity we have seen since March of 2020?
• How can we sustain mutual aid practices into our new future?

For this year’s F.E.A.S.T. we ask artists in the DMV area to submit proposals for this micro grant that address the theme of MUTUAL AID and help sustain the landscape of outreach in our local communities.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community. F.E.A.S.T. is designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. Funding for this grant comes from the donations of attendees and participants who will listen to & review a series of project proposals, and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations. Tickets by donation, $10 minimum, 100% of donations go to fund the micro grant of up to $2000. F.E.A.S.T. 2022 will be in person, hosted on the VisArts rooftop, on April 10 from 1:00 – 3:30PM.

F.E.A.S.T. 2012 Winner

Patterson Clark
The Invasive Plant
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F.E.A.S.T. 2013 Winner

Charlotte Keniston
A full Plate
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F.E.A.S.T. 2014 Winner

Robin Meyer,
Who Gets to Be an Artist?
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F.E.A.S.T. 2015 Winner

Sung Min Lee,
Community Weaving Art
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F.E.A.S.T. 2017 Winner

Katie Kehoe,
Provisions for Buoyancy
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F.E.A.S.T. 2019 Winner

Stephanie Mercedes,
I Will Survive
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F.E.A.S.T. 2020 Winner

Sobia Ahmad & Monroe Isenberg,
Collective Conversations
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