Pop-up grants for Sonoma arts orgs

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Pop-Up Creativity grants from Sonoma County’s Creative Sonoma fund projects that are temporary creative experiences – installations or objects in public places or within public view. Projects can occur on streets, sidewalks, alleys, plazas or interior public spaces.

The projects should be on a scale that they can be planned, developed and executed within a three-to-four month production schedule, and can last for as little as one day or as long as one season.

Engaging community members in art making and the art-making process is encouraged, but simple creative workshops will not be considered, say Creative Sonoma officials.

The goal of the program is to support innovative creative place-making projects in micro-communities across Sonoma County.

Several grants of up to $5,000 each are awarded.

Applicants can include artists, creative groups/collectives, nonprofit organizations or commercial businesses located in Sonoma County.

Grant guidelines and application help tools are available online at creativesonoma.org.

The online application opened on July 2 and the deadline is Aug. 15. Awards are announced in September and the funding period runs from October through March.

In 2017, artist Jill Valavanis won a pop-up grant to create a Love Letters Artwalk, a free art-making event in the Springs area of the Valley.

For information, contact Samantha Kimpel at samantha.kimpel@sonoma-county.org or Kristen Madsen, kristen.madsen@sonoma-county.org.

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