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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

About Collective Power Fund

An initiative of Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), Collective Power Fund is a part of the Regional Regranting Program by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which consists of 30 satellite venues and partners across the country presenting hyper-local artist funding.

Collective Power Fund focuses primarily on supporting work that incites public dialogue, pushes boundaries, explores genre fluidity, speaks its truth through an authentic perspective, and is often non-traditional, anti-institutional, socially responsible, or disruptive of existing structures and conventions. It encourages a community-forward environment of resource-sharing, mutual support, and fellowship in the Pacific Northwest arts ecosystem.

Our first round in late 2020 provided $70,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to 140 artists. This Artist Development Grant is our second round, which will help inform the design of a larger grant in late 2021, and will disburse $60,000 to artists in incorporated and unincorporated King County.

Artist Development Grant Overview

The Collective Power Fund is excited to offer our Artist Development Grant to six (6) individual, visual-based artists** who self-identify as 🐣 early to emerging 🐣 and who live in incorporated or unincorporated King County. Recipients will also receive the following artist development benefits:

  • $750 unrestricted cash award;
  • A group exhibition at King Street Station with the other grant recipients;
  • Photos of work documentation (at King Street Station);
  • Professional headshots;
  • A short, promotional reel and interview featuring the artist and their work;
  • A 30-minute, 1-on-1 mentorship conversation with a juror;
  • Stipends to assist artists with King Street Station travel costs. ($50 for those in Seattle, $75 for those outside of Seattle.);
  • Consultation on and facilitation of mounting artwork within King Street Station

Artists who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), disabled, femme, gender non-conforming, LGBTQ+, undocumented, and/or live in unincorporated King County are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Materials

Applicants will be required to provide an Artist Biography, Artist Values Statement, and Work Samples – with optional Work Sample Descriptions – to be reviewed by the selection panel.

Applicants have the option to submit their Artist Biography and Artist Values Statement in their preferred format of either video, audio, or text – but only in one format. More details about these components can be found under the “Required Application Materials” sections on pages 2 and 3.

Important: This application does have a “save” function, but does require setting up an email login to use. We highly recommend creating all written content in a separate word processing document so you have a backup. When you are ready, copy and paste your text into the application.

NWFF’s Application Guide

We created an Application Guide to help you better understand the application components, plus offer some guiding questions and examples to help you develop ideas, language, and strategies to use for this grant.

Eligibility & Criteria

This Artist Development Grant is a “values-based” grant, as an alternative to project, merit, or relief-based. It is intentionally designed for *early to emerging **visual-based artists who are the original creators of their work and who have an existing body of work, series, or performance to show at King Street Station.

(*By early to emerging artists, we are loosely referring to individuals whose artistic accomplishments, professional opportunities, recognition, and/or public identity are surfacing for the first time as a working artist. Does this 🐣 describe you?)

Artists who are clearly beyond an early-to-emerging status are respectfully encouraged to not apply. 

**Eligible, visual-based disciplines include: 3D, animation, architecture, ceramics, comics, craft, dance, design, digital art, drawing, folk art, film, illustration, installation, murals, naive art, new media, outsider art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, public art, sculpture, sound art, social practice, street art, traditional art, video, and VR/AR/XR. (Dance, performance, sound art, and social practice must be presented in a visual art context.)

This list is comprehensive, but we recognize that other visual-based disciplines might be eligible as well. Please contact us if you have any questions.

In addition to the above eligibility, artists must be able to say “Yes” to the statements listed below. 

  • Your creative practice is grounded in one (or more) of the eligible, visual-based disciplines (above);
  • You are an individual artist who has an existing body of work, series, or performance;
  • You can present existing work during the King Street Station timeline (below);
  • You are 18 years of age or older;

Note: Recipients of our December 2020 emergency relief grants are eligible to apply for this round of funding and the next grant round in late 2021.

Ineligible applicants are artists who are:

  • Applying as curators, managers, or aggregators of other artists’ work;
  • Represented by a gallery or industry equivalent;
  • Seeking a project, merit, or relief-based grant;
  • Primarily grounded in dance, theater, music, or industry and feature filmmaking;
  • Current NWFF staff, Board, or family members

If you have any questions about your discipline, eligibility, or anything else, please email Grants Manager Zach Frimmel at grants@nwfilmforum.org.

Application Timeline (2021)
  • Monday, April 19 at 9:00 a.m. PST – Application opens 
  • Friday, April 23 – Info Session, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (register here)
  • Monday, Monday, April 26 – Pre-panel application feedback request due 
  • Monday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. PST – Application closes 
  • Friday, May 14 – Applicants notified

To respect applicants who did submit before the deadline, we will not be accepting applications submitted after May 3, 2021.

King Street Station (KSS) Exhibition Details & Timeline (2021)
  • Week of May 17 – May 21 – Group check-in with recipients and KSS staff
  • By Friday, June 4 – Delivery of work to King Street Station
  • Monday, June 7 – Friday, June 11 – Installation
  • Tuesday, June 15 – Friday, June 18 – First Week of Exhibition
  • Tuesday, June 22 – Friday, June 25 – Second Week of Exhibition
  • Monday, June 28 – Wednesday, June 30 – Deinstall

NWFF will be able to help grant recipients with back-end coordination with King Street Station (KSS). KSS’s facilities staff will work with grant recipients to handle installing, hanging, and logistics during the weeks leading up to the show.

Current CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be required by all parties involved during the time of install, run-of-show, and deinstall.

Important links from King Street Station:
Facility Description / Accessibility
Equipment Inventory
Technical & Physical Rider (details they’ll need from grant recipients)

Note: NWFF and KSS will not be able to provide services or costs outside of the benefits listed under the Grant Overview section. Also, KSS and staff are able to provide a high level of flexibility and creative problem solving to make sure grant recipients can accurately present their work, however, KSS does have some facility restrictions around certain technical capabilities and organic material usage. If this is the case, they will do their best to accommodate and preserve the integrity of the grant recipients’ work and presentation of it, but will need ample time for any large changes given their limited capacity at the moment.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the individual artist’s:

  • Readiness to present their existing body of work, series, or performance for the King Street Station exhibition;
  • Ability to identify and depict their values through their work;
  • Continued dedication to developing their artistic practice

Applications will be reviewed by a visual-based selection panel of working artists using the above selection criteria.

Equity Statement

In recognition of the role of the arts as a vehicle for social change, Northwest Film Forum is committed to undoing systems of oppression and dismantling racist, sexist, and inequitable systems in our lives and organization. These values will be carried forth in the grantmaking process.

Application Feedback

You can receive pre-panel feedback on your application if you email your application materials to our Grants Manager by Monday, April 26. Complete or partial application materials will both be accepted, but please note that sharing some kind of work sample(s) will maximize the quality of feedback we’re able to offer.

Pre-panel feedback from our Grants Manager will include:

  • making sure applicants are eligible and following the guidelines;
  • general suggestions on how to strengthen your application materials for the selection panelists

Important: Artists who receive pre-panel feedback will still need to submit their applications through this application form by the Monday, May 3 deadline to be considered for review by the selection panel.

Accessibility 

We take accessibility needs seriously when it comes to the Collective Power Fund and our grant support services. We have some limited capacity due to our facilities being closed still, but if you would like to request accessibility services in applying to this grant either because you anticipate that you may – or know that you will – experience a barrier in applying, please email us. To help us best accommodate you, if possible, please submit your request by Monday, May 26.

Privacy

As an applicant, your data and content will be viewed by Northwest Film Forum staff and the selection panel. Unlike our December 2020 emergency relief grant, we will publicly be announcing the grant recipients.

Contact Information

Contact Grants Manager, Zach Frimmel at grants@nwfilmforum.org for pre-panel feedback requests, eligibility, or any questions you have about applying.

This grant cycle is now closed.

The next one is forthcoming in late 2021. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated!

About Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. We are a film center and nonprofit community hub based in Seattle, Washington (the ancestral lands and territories of the Coast Salish people, including the Duwamish Tribe / Dkhw Duw’Absh). Learn more about us at nwfilmforum.org
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