Who Can Bring a Project to FIGMENT?

FIGMENT is designed to be open and welcoming to everyone.  We welcome adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to FIGMENT by their own means and de-install it when the event is over is welcome to submit.  We’re a family friendly event that takes place in the Capital Area National Park Service, so we have a handful of rules we absolutely must follow.  Please read the information below for our guidelines.

What can content be?

In different cities in the past, FIGMENT has hosted a wide variety of artistic endeavors… Street theater, costuming, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, social experiments, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, lectures & seminars on themes of participatory art & culture, and anything else you can imagine! Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone when deciding on subject matter for your project.

Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are welcome. We will have more information on possible stages and indoor space soon. You can set up your own area or host a scheduled event or performance. If you have an idea for FIGMENT and have questions about whether it’s plausible, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What if I Miss the Deadline to Submit?

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.  In fact, we encourage all sorts of unplanned participation, since it’s really all about building community! However, since we have already confirmed our permit from the National Park Service, and we’d like to stay on their good side, projects that were not formally accepted may not include:

  • Shade structures
  • Electricity or Water
  • Stage access
  • Food, drink, or alcohol to give away or sell
  • 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

You will be welcome to show up for set-up on Saturday and/or Sunday between 8am and 11am, and must plan to breakdown your art completely each day by 7pm.  All artists are responsible for all of their own trash, and should plan accordingly to carry their trash off site with them.  Each artist must check in at the Volunteer HQ to sign a waiver and discuss their placement.  If you have any questions, please review our Submit a Project page for further details and to get a feel for what we’re looking for. We look forward to seeing you at FIGMENT!

What about funding?

FIGMENT is a community-based event organized and run by volunteers. Its success is dependent on community participation. FIGMENT does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the site. FIGMENT encourages artists to apply for outside grants and raise funds for your project within your personal capacity. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event. In addition, nothing may be sold at the event.

FIGMENT has a page dedicated to FIGMENT projects on Kickstarter, but artists and organizations are also encouraged to use additional platforms, such as StartSomeGood.com or Indiegogo. We encourage you to check out all sites and don’t hesitate to contact your curator for information about how to move forward with online crowdfunding. We will gladly help you promote your online campaign, and may even be able to provide hands on assistance with creating your campaign.

When can I install my project? What are the installation and setup hours?

Arrangements must be made with the FIGMENT team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from Anacostia Park. Artists who have large scale projects may coordinate with the FIGMENT team for installation on the Friday before the event from 1pm to 5pm.  We will have security on site on Friday, but please do not intend to leave anything on value over night.

When can I de-install my project?

Artists must breakdown and store their projects on Saturday, by 7pm.  All artists must de-install their projects immediately after the event on Sunday by 7pm.


If you'd like to DJ at FIGMENT, we recommend getting together with friends to propose a project as a collective, and making your DJ stage part of the proposal. Previous FIGMENT events have had collectives including Meso Creso, Mischief, Disorient, Fairytale Collective, and Wax, all of which included DJs as part of their own themed areas. If you want to propose a project that involves multiple DJs, you will be responsible for curating the group during FIGMENT Weekend. Please contact us for more information.

Can I distribute fliers for my band/art project?

Please do not distribute fliers or printed materials at FIGMENT. We are trying to provide as waste-free, and commercial free an event as possible.

Can I sell my CD?

We kindly ask that you do not sell anything – including CDs – at FIGMENT. FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event in which everyone volunteers their time and effort to participate… the organizers, the artists, the participants. Interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. Everything at FIGMENT is free, and there is no advertising, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate. We understand that many of you make your livelihoods by selling your art and we support you – FIGMENT is just not the time or place.

Can I collect email addresses for my mailing list?

Yes, you may collect addresses, but we ask that you manage the list and make it clear to participants that they are signing up for your list and not the FIGMENT list. Please do not leave unattended clipboards around the site; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.

Can I bring my car?

There is some parking available on-site.

There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from FIGMENT?

FIGMENT promotes self reliance, so please make every effort to bring all the supplies that you need for your project. As an all volunteer event, we give our time and passion to the event, but it’s a bit more challenging to buy things. FIGMENT can help direct you to free, donated and low cost resources from which to source materials. Please contact us for more information. In addition, you can use our Wish List to identify items that you’re either seeking or have to share with other artists.  Together we can work to make wishes come true!

What if I did not submit a project to FIGMENT but I still want to bring it?

We encourage you to bring projects that you can carry into the site on foot. Unregistered projects will not be on our map or schedule, but FIGMENT is all about serendipity and discovery, so that’s quite all right! Additionally, we can only work with artists who submit projects to help them access power if their project requires it. Please take your portable project with you when you leave the site and leave no trace.

Can I put stakes down or make holes in the ground?

Be sure to communicate with your curatorial contact, and in your submission form, if staking is essential to your project.

Can I bring a shade structure or a stage?

10′x10′ regular pop-ups are allowed, but we need to know you intend to bring them. Structures that are any larger will require a permit and a fire retardant certificate from the supplier.  Unless you have already made arrangements with the FIGMENT DC crew, please do NOT bring a shade structure or stage to Anacostia Park.

Can I bring tables and chairs?

Yes. Tables/chairs/umbrellas/coolers are encouraged.

Compressed Gas – Can I bring it?

Please contact your curator if any projects involve compressed gas.

Is there power available?

If your art project requires access to power, please submit your project.  We will not be able to guarantee power for a walk-in project.

Will there be water available?

We will have some limited on-site concessions, but there will be no access to running water on site. If your project requires water, you will need to bring your own and take it home again with you. No dirty water should be dumped into the park’s drains. Let’s protect the river!

Can I bring my pet?

Yes. Animals are allowed on the site, on a leash.

Can I bring a cooler and food?

Yes. While we will have limited concessions with sodas, water, and snacks, we also encourage participants to come and hang out at Anacostia Park for the day! It’s a lovely place for a picnic! Please note that grilling is allowed only in certain areas of the park, as identified by picnic tables.

Can I bring a bottle of wine?

Sorry but no, FIGMENT is an alcohol free event.