Awardees of the 2021 Serena Toxicat Creative Arts Fund

Congratulations to the winners of the Serena Kefira Leclerc Memorial Creative Arts Fund, and Happy Birthday to our dearest Serena Toxicat ❤



James Leon will be awarded $125 for “The Life of a Cat.” He intends to book studio time at Kitten Robot Studios and record a song with his band, Epiphany’s Terror, that will be featured in a film that he wrote the screenplay for, “Serena: Aquari-Cat Mistress.” The song Epiphany’s Terror will be doing is a reworking of Al Stewart’s “The Year of the Cat” retitled as “The Life of a Cat.” James is a long-time friend of Serena’s. They worked on music and film projects together and she appears in his debut film, “Dropping like Flies.” She was initially involved in the conceptualizing of “Serena” Aquari-Cat Mistress.”

Charlena Verrette will be awarded $75 to purchase a microphone and a sound interface for her computer system. She will honor Serena Toxicat with musical projects, video projects and live streaming video for her Industrial Dance music project “Children are the Devil.” Charlena performed burlesque shows with Serena and modeled in her fashion shows many times over the past four years. She says she feels Serena is guiding her in her journey as a transitioning transwoman.

Sierra Bloomer & Winter Mycelium will be awarded a joint award totalling $75, for creating a vegan leather collection for “Whipped and Chained,” their queer-owned fetish ware and chainmail company, that honors Serena Toxicat and her commitment to animals and a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle as well as her place in the kink/leather community by making a line of handcrafted animal-free leather line that vegans can wear. Sierra has modeled with Serena, and both “Whipped and Chained” and Sierra and Winter’s death rock band “Mystic Priestess” have been inspired by Serena’s multifaceted career.

Robert Nisbet will be awarded $75 to assist in with creation of a musical composition honoring Serena Toxicat. The son of Serena’s dear friend Brenda Wood, Robert is a young man who grew up knowing the wonderfully gifted and kindhearted Serena. As a musician she encouraged and mentored him, and his musical composition will honor her memory, mentorship, and contributions to the future and the next generation of artist.

All of these people have been inspired by Serena’s tremendous contribution to her communities – Gothic, Leather & Fetish, Disability Rights Advocacy, Animal Rights Advocacy, Vegan & Vegetarian, Neo-Pagan, ED Survivor, Adoptee, Homeless Communities and Marginally Housed… multitalented, collaborative artist, author, designer, singer, songwriter, burlesque performer, model, and actress… the beloved and loving Serena Toxicat.

Thanks to DeTraci Regula, Jenna Church, and a third anonymous donor for the funding.

Happy Birthday, Serena ❤ Or I should say, Happy Bird Day Two Mews ❤

Serena Toxicat Creative Art Fund

DeTraci Regula of Isis Oasis Sanctuary generously offered two grants in Serena Toxicat‘s name, which consists of a $100 award for the top selection as well as two smaller $50 awards. This award is for creative people who were friends and associates of Serena or inspired by her in some way. She asked me, Sumiko Saulson of Iconoclast Productions to oversee the grant application and selection process. As many of you know, Serena was closely associated with organizations as a volunteer, and as an artist and performer. But this is an ad hoc private endowment and not through either non-profit.

Those on the selection committee may not apply.

Applications must be received no later than Midnight, February 5, 2021.

To Apply.

1. Write a paragraph or three (100 to 250 words describing what you intend to use the money for. It should be a creative project such as a book, a play, a music CD, an audio file that is downloadable, a video, a film, an art book, a poetry chapbook, a comic book. A creative event (online, please – we have a pandemic!) such as a DJ Music Dance Party, an online book reading, an online group poetry reading, a burlesque performance, etc. The project can be a solo or group project. Winner MUST put the words “Funded by the Serena Toxicat Creative Arts Grant” or similar on their project which MUST be finished within a year of receiving the funds. Project doesn’t have to be about Serena.

2. Let us know what your personal or community connection to Serena is, even if you only admired her from afar by attending a concert she was at. Take up to 100 words to do that.

3. Please take up to 100 words to explain anything about how $100 or $50 would especially be helpful to you, such as if you have a fixed income or financial stressors or other considerations you want us to take into account when deciding.

Email these things to me at sumikoska@yahoo.com by NO LATER THAN midnight on February 5.

The winners will be announced on February 6 (Serena’s Birthday).

Title of the email should say “Serena Toxicat Creative Arts Grant” please. I will email you that I received it, please contact me if you DO NOT receive a confirmation that I received it.

We’re giving $100 to the top proposal/applicant for the Serena Toxicat Creative Arts Fund, and $50 to two of the runner ups. But I have been thinking that, while we have currently got a backer who offered $200 (DeTraci) to kick this off/honor Serena’s name, that if anyone else wants to donate $50 to a creative artist in need, in honor of Serena’s birthday, maybe we could give the award to more than two runners up? If you think that you would like to do that, let me know, and I can credit you or keep your name anonymous (you let me know). I’m having the donors Venmo the donation to the winners, so that’s how it would work, you could just sent it to one of the applicants. If you are interested in being a donor, let me know.

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