Westobou Festival to sponsor projects up to $5,000 for this year’s event


Westobou Festival to sponsor projects up to $5,000 for this year’s event

The rock band MCE performed during the 2016 Westobou Festival. The celebration of art will return Oct. 1-4 with plans for social distance-friendly attractions. [MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

Amanda King @kingamandap

Although many Augusta-area festivals and activities have been delayed or have not announced whether they will return, one city favorite will be returning this fall and is looking for performers and artists.

The Westobou Festival, a weeklong celebration of local artists, will return Oct. 1-4 with plans for social distance-friendly attractions. The festival is accepting applications from musicians, dancers, filmmakers, artists, performers and creatives for three different projects that could be sponsored up to $5,000 per project.

The three projects are Mobile Studio Project, Public/Performance Art Projects and Special Program Projects.

Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to submit proposals to one or more of these projects. The selected projects will be promoted and documented by Westobou. Funds will be distributed prior to the festival to allow sufficient time for completion.

Submissions must be implementable within the festival grounds in downtown Augusta, including Westobou Gallery, Westobou Warehouse located behind the gallery, or outdoors on Broad Street between 11th and 12th streets. Artists must be flexible on dates and times from Oct. 1-4 and engage the public through interactive components, discussions, tours, hands-on elements, workshops and other efforts. Artists must also adhere to the mission and values of Westobou.

Performers can maximize funds by partnering with another artist or group for interdisciplinary projects.

The deadline to apply is June 28, but artists are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information, visit westoboufestival.com.

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