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.
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 email@example.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.