Art Fundraiser FAQ
You come to the Fundraiser and make your donation to get in the door. You’ll receive a paper ballot where you can then allocate each dollar of your donation (in whole dollar amounts) to the artist(s) of your choice. You walk around, look at the rockin' displays of the artists who want your cash while sipping your drink and listening to music. Then, once you've decided who gets your money, make notes on your ballot and turn it in at the designated station. That’s it!
A minimum donation of $10 is required for entry. But why stop there?! Don't! The greater your donation level, the more SUPER SWEET SCHWAG you can get. Whatever your donation level, you can allocate every single dollar you donate to the artists.
- What does it represent?
- What does it look like?
- How big is it?
- What colors will you use?
- What special effects might it have?
- How will people interact with it?
- What can people learn from it?
Then, once you’ve got your idea thoroughly sketched out, you begin making a budget.
Does your idea incorporate this year's theme? If so, how?
Alchemy Art Fundraiser event: June 13th
Online Fundraiser: June 17th until July 1st
Fund distribution: On or around July 8th.
Not sure how to get started? You can view this example budget we’ve created called Project Burn the Bunny. A giant paper mache bunny that gets lit on fire during the burn as a mini-effigy. This budget is VERY basic but should provide a good starting point if you don’t really know how to get started.
Of that $1,000 collected at the event, say that each project collected this much:
Project A: $500 = 50% of the total $1,000 collected.
Project B: $200 = 20% of the total $1,000 collected.
Project C: $300 = 30% of the total $1,000 collected.
This means that Project A gets the $500 it collected at the event PLUS 50% of the Fund Boosting pool, which would be $5,000 for a total of $5,500. Project B would get $200 + 20% of the Fund Boosting pool, $2,000, for a total of $2,200. Project C would get $300 + $3,000 = $3,300. If a project is eligible to receive more than its maximum budget, that overage is put back into the Fund Boosting pool.
For the Minimum Budget, think “most basic needs.” How much money do you need to pay for the most basic and fundamental needs for your vision to be realized?
Going back to the Burn the Bunny example project...
As it’s a paper mache’ project, having newspaper and flour are essential to the project. Without those things, it can’t be paper mache. However, the multicolored sequins, while pretty, may not be necessary for the vision of “paper mache Bunny that’s going to burn” to be realized.
This grant is to help already existing projects that have fallen by the wayside to get the extra boost they need to get them to Alchemy. The grant is also for projects that have appeared at other events, including past Alchemy and Euphoria events.
Unlike projects submitted to the Alchemy Art Fundraiser, Cross Pollination Grants are reviewed by the Alchemy Art Fundraiser Team. This team will determine who will receive the grants and how much funding they’ll receive.
- Gas money*
- Rent/studio space*
- Other transportation*
*These may be included IF AND ONLY IF they are directly related to your project and ONLY your project. For example, if you have to rent a truck that you would otherwise not need to rent in order to get your project to the burn, then you may include gas and transportation in the budget: If you’re taking the vehicle that you would normally be taking and aren’t incurring any additional expense due to bringing your project, then you may not include transportation costs.
The same goes for rent/studio space. If you had to rent space solely for the construction of your project, then you may include that in your budget. If you already had a space and didn’t rent one out for the explicit purpose of constructing your Alchemy Art Fundraiser project, then you may not include it in your budget.
The Alchemy Art Fundraiser Team reserves the right to reject items in your budget that are not listed in the restrictions above. With that said, we will discuss this with you beforehand and make every reasonable effort to negotiate an amicable solution. We want to do everything we can to make your vision a reality!
If we feel that you are asking for too much money, we will do what we can to work with you to bring it down. Unfortunately, we can’t nail down exactly what would constitute “too much money” until we have a complete picture of what people are requesting.
Projects from as low as $60 to approximately $2,500 have been funded in the past.