Transformus 2020 Art Grants

Creativity Grant applications for Transformus 2020 open December 13th and close February 21st. Follow this link for the application.

One of the most incredible elements of the Transformus experience is the artwork and creativity that blankets the landscape and fills the corners of Mysteria. It lives in the memories of everyone who has attended. We invite you to contribute to that experience, and we would love to hear your ideas and see if we can help fund their completion. Anyone can apply for an art grant; you don’t have to be a professional or even consider yourself an artist. We want YOU to make something awesome!

All forms of creativity may apply: fire, lights, performance art, interactive installations, sculptures, ephemeral experiences, etc. You can engage any or all of the five senses. Give us all an experience to take home that we won’t find anywhere else. The number of projects we will fund is not limited, nor the amounts granted to each, but the total amount of funds we have limits the final results.

Transformus 2020 M.A.D. Grants

M.A.D. (Mysteria Art Development) Grants are funding provided by Transformus to bring ALREADY EXISTING art pieces to Mysteria. In addition to expansion of former Transformus pieces, we would also like to see projects that have been to other burns come to Transformus! We invite you to contribute to that experience, and would love to hear your ideas and see if we can help fund them. Fill out the form for M.A.D. Grants. It opens December 13th and closes February 21st.

Transformus 2020 Art Jury

Want to be part of the art jury? Fill out the Art Grant Jury Member Request Form between December 13th and February 14th.

Transformus 2020 Non-Funded Art

Bringing some awesome art to Mysteria this year but don’t need any funding? Interested in sharing your work in Burn This Booklet? Want to make sure your art gets the proper placement it deserves? Fill out this form between December 13th and May 31st.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please forward any questions to [email protected]

Who can apply for a grant?

Anyone can apply for an art grant; you don’t have to be a professional or even consider yourself an artist. There are only a few exclusions that can’t apply:

  • A member of Transformus leadership (this includes TLC, Team Leads, Team Co-Leads)
  • A member of TFAM leadership (this includes IPA and BOD)
  • Significant others/partners of any of the above

What are the limitations on art size?

Fortunately, Marvin’s Mountaintop is huuuge, so we have plenty of space for even the largest art!

When can I expect to know whether or not my project has been selected for a grant?

Here’s a tentative schedule:

  • Now through February 21st  – Applications received
  • End February – All applications blinded and forwarded to the jury
  • Early March – The jury scores each application
  • Mid March – The jury reviews proposals, selects projects, and recommends funding via conference call
  • Mid March – Applicants are notified of the results
  • Late March – Tax information and contracts due back from artists
  • Late March – 60% of total payment issued (after tax information received)
  • Late March – Artists proceed with fabrication (keep all receipts! They will need to be submitted for total reimbursement)
  • Mid May – Proof of substantial completion will be due
  • Late May – 90% of total payment issued (after proof of substantial completion received)
  • Mid July – Delivery and installation at Transformus
  • Late July – 100% of total payment issued (after art is brought and receipts received)

What can’t be funded? 

There are limits to what Transformus will fund. Exemptions from funding include:

  • Theme camp items or infrastructure (creativity placed within theme camps can be considered)
  • Artists’ time, labor, or personal transportation costs
  • Alcohol
  • Large scale equipment, including durable items mainly intended for personal use or could be for personal post burn
  • Prior projects which received a grant (augmentation of prior pieces may be considered via MAD grants)

Transformus also has an Art Policy on Radical Inclusion. You can read more about that on the Ignite burn site. That’s Transformus’ sister burn and the policy is identical.

On what criteria are the Art Jury’s decisions based?

Feasibility: Physical – Financial – Schedule – Is it well thought out and realistic?

Community Engagement/Interaction: Does it engage burners and add to the Transformus Experience?

Safety: Is it safe, in regard to fire, heights, sharp metal, or other physical danger?

Leave No Trace: Environmental Concerns – Is it effective within the environment? Does it adhere to burner principles

Longevity: Will the art have life outside of one Transformus?

Jury Preference/Personal Appeal: The jury considers if it is something they would personally like to see at Transformus.