Open Call for Artists / Artist Groups to Participate at the CSUF Artist Bailout

This is an open call for applications to the CSUF Artist Bailout! If your application is chosen, you will have the opportunity to present a proposal to a live, voting audience for the chance to win an instant micro-grant to help turn your idea into a reality. The artist bailout is in conjunction with the Begovich Gallery exhibition Interstice: New Economies for Creative Communities.

What is the Artist Bailout? The Artist Bailout originated as a public meal designed to solicit community-driven financial support and democratically fund new work by emerging artists in Orange County. This experimental philanthropic model literally brings together artists and patrons around the table. During the course of a meal, artists present proposals for projects in need of funding to members of the community who have each made a small donation to attend the dinner. The dinner-goers then vote for their favorite ideas and at the end of the night, two (or more) participating artists win cash grants for their projects comprised of the donations raised at the door. Remember, even if your project isn’t chosen for a grant, presenting at the Artist Bailout is a great way to share your project with a large and diverse community.

When & where does the next Artist Bailout happen? In Conjunction with the Begovich Gallery exhibition Interstice: New Economies for Creative Communities, a bailout will be held in the gallery on Dec 13th, 2012.

How do I qualify? If you are an artist, part of an artistic collaboration or collective, or you just have a great idea for a project that you would love to get funding for, please apply!

Submit a proposal! To participate as a presenting artist / artist group at the upcoming Artist Bailout please send us your proposal no later than Friday, November 30th. We will notify selected participants by Friday, Dec 7th. Selected artists will be asked to prepare and deliver presentations at the Dec 13th Artist Bailout! For your proposal, please email the Interstice Curatorial team, Cassandra Erb and Kimberly McKinnis at with the following information:

  1. Name of artist/s or artist group (first and last names / groups, please indicate a main contact person)
  2. Project title & description (100 words or less)
  3. Breakdown of how you’ll use an Artist Bailout grant to realize your project (60 words or less).
  4. Please attach up to 6 images, a video that helps illustrate your idea and a website if you have one.
  5. Deadline for proposals is November 30th, 2012.
  6. Visit for more information about Interstice.

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