FIGMENT DC is now accepting art submissions for this year's event, which will take place September 27-28, 2014, in the beautiful park space near the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion in Southeast Washington.
Photo by Laura Meghan Pang © FIGMENT DC
Centered around 11 fundamental principles—Participation, Decommodification, Inclusion, Self-Expression, Self-Reliance, Giving, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leave-no-trace, Immediacy, and Gratitude—FIGMENT DC calls for all manner of creative minds to submit their concept for a participatory artistic contribution to this year’s event. Artists are encouraged to think outside the box and create art with which anyone can engage and play. Previous projects have included inflatable art, social experiments, mobile art, street theatre, community building projects, sound art, workshops and seminars, music performance, as well as dance and motion art. FIGMENT DC seeks all forms of inclusive, active artistic work that thrive outside the confines of traditional museum space.
Everyone is invited to submit their concept for an art project to occur at FIGMENT DC, by filling out the submission form here: http://dc.figmentproject.org/submit_a_project.
Do you remember what first inspired you to get involved with FIGMENT DC? The excitement over sharing your art, your music, your vision, with a broader community? For us, FIGMENT is a day to change the rules for a few hours – to really come together as a community, break down boundaries, dive into our imaginations and see what can emerge. Thank you to those of you who give a great deal of your time, energy, creativity and more to bring this event to life. We thank you! We are so happy to share the magic of FIGMENT with you!
Today we're asking for financial donations, as we'll need to raise $9,200 by April 30th to bring FIGMENT back to Anacostia Park this September.
And this means we need your help.
Why support FIGMENT? We've been working hard to build new partnerships and engage new volunteers, and we're excited to witness the magic once again at Anacostia Park on September 27th and 28th. But as you know, FIGMENT is a completely grassroots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers. It is completely free to the public. We don’t charge artists an entrance fee to bring their art to FIGMENT. We don’t sell tickets to the event. Moreover, FIGMENT is 100% non-commercial. We accept no corporate sponsorship and nothing is for sale, including the art. It's what makes FIGMENT special.
Our budget covers essential expenses associated with the event. You know, the fun things like National Park Service staff, security, permits, portajohn rentals, and all the various nuts and bolts that go into throwing a large scale public event. We’re sure that we could get all that stuff covered easily if we wanted to have giant beer advertisement banners up all over the park, but we’d rather see your art all around instead!
Please visit our campaign page and make a donation today: http://startsomegood.com/figmentdc2014
We're very happy to invite you to ALPHA 2014! ALPHA 2014 will be at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland, USA, from April 25-27, 2014.
We had a blast last year at our first ALPHA... and we look forward to building on what we started and creating another awesome event that is all about bringing creative people together to make and share awesome projects. Full information on ALPHA is on the website.
We encourage experimentation! You can register your workshop, meet-up, performance, demonstration, installation, or whatever by following the link in the email you will receive after your purchase your tickets.
To appear on our map and event schedule, your project or event must be submitted by April 15, 2014. We can't wait to see what you're bringing!
Cabins and meal plans are on sale now, too... And those prices won't go up. So if you'd like to lock in your favorite cabin at Ramblewood for you and your friends, you can.
Once you purchase your ticket, you'll receive an email with the link to submit your project for ALPHA. Everyone is expected to bring a project of some kind. Please submit your project as soon as you can so we can figure out where everything goes, but certainly by April 17, 2014.
As ALPHA is an experiment, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, innovation, creativity, contribution, and passion... So please let us know your ideas for how to make the event as awesome as it can possibly be email@example.com!
We look forward to creating the fantastical with you at ALPHA 2014!
The FIGMENT DC 2013 map is now available. There will not be a bunch of maps all around the event so print a copy or download it to your mobile device.
IMPORTANT ADDRESS INFORMATION: We’ve noticed that there’s some sort of misinformation going around about the location for this year’s event. Please note that the address is NOT 1900 S St. SE. Please use “Anacostia Park, Section E, Washington, DC” as the address in your smartphone. The park is along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
Bringing Art to FIGMENT?
Thank you to all of you who submitted your project for FIGMENT DC! We’re thrilled with the incredible variety and interactivity of your projects, and can’t wait to see you fill the fields and tree-filled spaces of Anacostia Park.
Did you miss the deadline? We still want you to join us at FIGMENT! After all, FIGMENT is all about Participation! (Really, it is. Check out our 11 Principles.)
Envisage by Shannon Scates. Picture by Man on the Street
You’re welcome to show up weekend of the event and come out and have fun with costumes, hoops, kites, games, and even your puppy, so long as he’s on a leash. At this time, since we’ve received our permit from the Capital Area National Park Service, and we want to stay on good terms with them, all unregistered projects may not include:
- Shade structures
- Electricity or Water
- Stage access
- Food, drink or alcohol for sale or distribution
- Corporate branding, flyer distribution, or anything for sale
- Hanging items from trees (not allowed) or attaching items to park infrastructure (also not allowed)
- Lengthy set-up time (more than 30 minutes)
- Special transport requirements for set-up or take-down
If your project has been accepted and you have questions about the logistics of the weekend, please contact your curator, keep your eyes open for email updates. Click here to see the list of this year’s artists!
Looking for some inspiration? Check out this great video about FIGMENT!