Legacy Grants

GVIAS Grants Committee may be offering Legacy Grants this year to support GVIAS artists to bring large interactive art pieces to multiple events and/or public spaces throughout the year. In addition, Legacy Grants can be used for long term, permanent (not to be burned) art projects, that will benefit the community for many years. The idea behind the Legacy Grant is to fund larger, more sophisticated, more comprehensive art.

The Committee may be allocating funds for 2019 Legacy Grants. In the past, our intent was to fund two artists at $1,500 – $2,500 each. However, we may consider funding a single artist for a larger amount if their project stands out.

Application deadline: March 19th, 2019

Applications Closed



Art grants cover materials (consumables which are necessary to the art piece), and operational costs.

These grants will not cover labor expenses including the artist’s time, purchasing of alcohol, food, event tickets or fixed assets such as tools.

Tools and other fixed assets may be available for low-cost rent from a rental agency, or even a free loan from a community member. Don’t know a community member with a band saw? Ask on the various social media pages and email lists…people love to help a good art project.


Any individual artist, team of artists or established group (for teams of artists, please have one person submit an application for the group) may apply. Applicants must be a member of Greater Vancouver Interactive Art’s Society. Membership is free and can be obtained by applying through the GVIAS website here.


It could be an object or performance which:

  1. requires external human interaction to be complete, or
  2. prompts people to interact with one another, or
  3. responds to participants and to its environment, or
  4. provokes actions, or
  5. transforms participants into active contributors to your creative process.

Interactive artists inspire the participation of others in the art piece or performance itself.


Projects will be considered according to the following criteria:

Project Interactivity – How interactive is your project?

Project Placement – The project needs to be shown in two or more events and/or public spaces in 2018, one of which must be a GVIAS sponsored event (Burn in the Forest or Dustcovery). Other options for showing the art project can include, but are not limited to, regional BM events in the Pacific North West, Burning Man, music or arts festivals or public spaces in Greater Vancouver.

Artistic Excellence – How “wow” is the idea?

Overall Community Benefit – How many community members will get to enjoy the project, and for how long? Does the project have the potential to be a long term/permanent art project?

Viability of Implementation Plan – Is your budget, schedule, build plan, crew size, and assembly/teardown plan sensible? Can you deliver the project you’re proposing in the timeframe stated?

Value for Money – Is your project a “How did you get that all done for that little??” or a “We’re paying how much for this???”

Leave No Trace – A clear LNT plan for each event/placement.

Budget Clarity – Your budget is clear and well thought out, contains sufficient detail to evaluate the project, and does not attempt to inflate the costs of the project in order to increase the % grant coverage. Your budget should demonstrate a plan for each showing of the project.


  • Initial payment (50%) will be paid out after the signed contract is received.
  • Second payment (25%) will be made after the artist has secured placement to at least two events/public spaces and have provided a work progress report to the Grants Committee.
  • Final payment (25%) will be paid after the art piece has attended all planned events and all original receipts have been submitted to the GVIAS Treasurer.

Successful applicants will be connected to a Grants Committee member who will be the lead contact throughout the year. In accepting this grant, the artist(s) will agree to allow GVIAS permission to archive images of the art for the purposes of GVIAS creating a catalogue of all funded and community supported art.

Applications Closed

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But Some Assembly Required

We are guided by the 10 principles of Burning Man. These principles guide our interactions with one another and the environment and have a strong ethos of participation. As such, our events and the society are entirely dependent upon community participation.

Membership isn't required to participate, but members enjoy a number of perks including access to a community of doers and dreamers.

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