Artist FAQs

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Artists!  We’re here to answer all your questions for this year’s FIGMENT DC! Whether you’ve submitted your project or you’re hoping to just bring a workshop or interactive piece to FIGMENT, please read the information below.  As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions along the way!

Where is FIGMENT DC 2014?

We're returning to Anacostia Park, Section E by the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion.  We strongly recommend that you review the information we have on our Getting There page for details on how to find this beautiful gem of a spot.

Who Can Bring a Project to FIGMENT?

FIGMENT is designed to be open and welcoming to everyone.  We welcome adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to FIGMENT by their own means and de-install it when the event is over is welcome to submit.  We’re a family friendly event that takes place in the Capital Area National Park Service, so we have a handful of rules we absolutely must follow.  Please read the information below for our guidelines.

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© Ernie Ambrose 2012

What can content be?

In different cities in the past, FIGMENT has hosted a wide variety of artistic endeavors… Street theater, costuming, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, social experiments, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, lectures & seminars on themes of participatory art & culture, and anything else you can imagine! Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone when deciding on subject matter for your project.

Installations, performances, activities, or other projects that can be set up outdoors are welcome. We will have more information on possible stages and indoor space soon. You can set up your own area or host a scheduled event or performance. If you have an idea for FIGMENT and have questions about whether it’s plausible, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

When is the Deadline?

The deadline for submitting projects to FIGMENT DC 2014 will be noon EST on Sunday August 10, 2014.

What if I Miss the Deadline?

You’re welcome to show up weekend of the event and come out and have fun with costumes, hoops, kites, games, and even your puppy, so long as he’s on a leash.  In fact, we encourage all sorts of unplanned participation, since it’s really all about building community! However, since we have already confirmed our permit from the National Park Service, and we’d like to stay on their good side, projects that were not formally accepted may not include:

  • Shade structures
  • Electricity or Water
  • Stage access
  • Food, drink, or alcohol to give away or sell
  • Hanging items from trees (not allowed) or attaching items to park infrastructure (also not allowed)
  • Lengthy set-up time (more than 30 minutes)
  • Special transport requirements for set-up or take-down

You will be welcome to show up for set-up on Saturday and/or Sunday between 8am and 11am, and must plan to breakdown your art completely each day by 7pm.  All artists are responsible for all of their own trash, and should plan accordingly to carry their trash off site with them.  Each artist must check in at the Volunteer HQ to sign a waiver and discuss their placement.  If you have any questions, please review our Submit a Project page for further details and to get a feel for what we’re looking for. We look forward to seeing you at FIGMENT!

What about funding?

FIGMENT is a community-based event organized and run by volunteers. Its success is dependent on community participation. FIGMENT does NOT provide funding for the production, transportation, or insurance of works to, at, or from the site. FIGMENT encourages artists to apply for outside grants and raise funds for your project within your personal capacity. Please note that no corporate sponsorship (including logos and credit lines) is permitted at the event. In addition, nothing may be sold at the event.

FIGMENT has a page dedicated to FIGMENT projects on Kickstarter, but artists and organizations are also encouraged to use additional platforms, such as StartSomeGood.com or Indiegogo. We encourage you to check out all sites and don’t hesitate to contact your curator for information about how to move forward with online crowdfunding. We will gladly help you promote your online campaign, and may even be able to provide hands on assistance with creating your campaign.

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© Kim’s World of Art 2012

When can I install my project? What are the installation and setup hours?

Arrangements must be made with the FIGMENT team for all deliveries, installations, and de-installations to or from Anacostia Park. Artists who have large scale projects may coordinate with the FIGMENT team for installation Friday, September 26th, from 1pm to 5pm.  We will have security on site on Friday, but please do not intend to leave anything on value over night.

When can I de-install my project?

Artists must breakdown and store their projects on Saturday, by 7pm.  All artists must de-install their projects immediately after the event on Sunday by 7pm.

Can I DJ at FIGMENT?

If you'd like to DJ at FIGMENT, we recommend getting together with friends to propose a project as a collective, and making your DJ stage part of the proposal. Previous FIGMENT events have had collectives including Meso Creso, Mischief, Disorient, Fairytale Collective, and Wax, all of which included DJs as part of their own themed areas. If you want to propose a project that involves multiple DJs, you will be responsible for curating the group during FIGMENT Weekend. Please contact us for more information.

Can I distribute fliers for my band/art project?

Please do not distribute fliers or printed materials at FIGMENT. We are trying to provide as waste-free, and commercial free an event as possible.

Can I sell my CD?

We kindly ask that you do not sell anything – including CDs – at FIGMENT. FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event in which everyone volunteers their time and effort to participate… the organizers, the artists, the participants. Interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. Everything at FIGMENT is free, and there is no advertising, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate. We understand that many of you make your livelihoods by selling your art and we support you – FIGMENT is just not the time or place.

Can I collect email addresses for my mailing list?

Yes, you may collect addresses, but we ask that you manage the list and make it clear to participants that they are signing up for your list and not the FIGMENT list. Please do not leave unattended clipboards around the site; keep the list with you so that you can get participants excited about your project.

Can I bring my car?

There is some parking available on-site.

There are some supplies that I need. Can I get them from FIGMENT?

FIGMENT promotes self reliance, so please make every effort to bring all the supplies that you need for your project. As an all volunteer event, we give our time and passion to the event, but it’s a bit more challenging to buy things. FIGMENT can help direct you to free, donated and low cost resources from which to source materials. Please contact us for more information. In addition, you can use our Wish List to identify items that you’re either seeking or have to share with other artists.  Together we can work to make wishes come true!

What if I did not submit a project to FIGMENT but I still want to bring it?

We encourage you to bring projects that you can carry into the site on foot. Unregistered projects will not be on our map or schedule, but FIGMENT is all about serendipity and discovery, so that’s quite all right! Additionally, we can only work with artists who submit projects to help them access power if their project requires it. Please take your portable project with you when you leave the site and leave no trace.

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© Patty Simonton 2012

When is FIGMENT DC?

FIGMENT DC 2014 will be September 27-28, from 11am to 5pm both days.

How do I get to Anacostia Park, Section E?

Please see our Getting There page information.

Can I put stakes down or make holes in the ground?

Be sure to communicate with your curatorial contact, and in your submission form, if staking is essential to your project.

Can I bring a shade structure or a stage?

10′x10′ regular pop-ups are allowed, but we need to know you intend to bring them. Structures that are any larger will require a permit and a fire retardant certificate from the supplier.  Unless you have already made arrangements with the FIGMENT DC crew, please do NOT bring a shade structure or stage to Anacostia Park.

Can I bring tables and chairs?

Yes. Tables/chairs/umbrellas/coolers are encouraged.

Can I hang anything from a tree?

No.

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© Kim’s World of Art 2012

Compressed Gas – Can I bring it?

Please contact your curator if any projects involve compressed gas.

Is there power available?

If your art project requires access to power, please submit your project.  We will not be able to guarantee power for a walk-in project.

Will there be water available?

We will have some limited on-site concessions, but there will be no access to running water on site. If your project requires water, you will need to bring your own and take it home again with you. No dirty water should be dumped into the park’s drains. Let’s protect the river!

Is there lighting on site?

No.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes. Animals are allowed on the site, on a leash.

Can I bring a cooler and food?

Yes.  While we will have limited concessions with sodas, water, and snacks, we also encourage participants to come and hang out at Anacostia Park for the day!  It’s a lovely place for a picnic! Please note that grilling is allowed only in certain areas of the park, as identified by picnic tables.

Can I bring a bottle of wine?

Sorry but no, FIGMENT is an alcohol free event.

Artist Logistics

Here are some useful logistical details we want to share with you about this year’s event.  Please take a minute to review the important information below, and don’t hesitate to contact your curator directly with any additional questions you may have. They are your point person for any questions and concerns you may have about the event. If you don’t know who your curator is, please email us right away at dccuratorial@figmentproject.org and we’ll connect you.

Logistics Overview for Participating FIGMENT DC 2014 Artists

  • Check-In.  All artists must check in when they arrive. Roving artists, DJs, Workshop leaders, Installation artists, unregistered artists – Everyone! When you first arrive on Saturday or Sunday, please go immediately to the FIGMENT HQ / Artist Check-In  / Volunteer Check-In Station directly next to the roller rink. Once there, you’ll need to check in and sign your waiver, which is the same text you agreed to when you submitted your project online.  From there, you’ll be escorted to your space by a curator.

    It’s a large park, and we’ve worked hard on the layout. We’ve also submitted placement of projects to the National Park Service to meet permit requirements, so please don’t decide to pick up and move without confirming with us.

  • Friday Set-Up.  Only artists who submitted their projects have the option to set up on Friday. Please contact your curator immediately if you think you may want to come by to get things started. You can be there from 1pm until 5pm, Friday, September 26, and we absolutely need to know you’re coming so we can be prepared to accommodate you. We will have limited security on site Friday night, so do not leave anything of significant value on site.  If you did not submit your project, you are welcome to show up after 7:45am on Saturday morning, check in at the Artist HQ station, and work with the curators to find a space for your project.

  • Saturday Set-Up.  The event starts at 11am, and we ask that all artists begin arriving after 7:45am. If you can be set up by 10am or earlier, even better! Please temporarily park your car, then check in at the HQ station before beginning to unload your project, especially as you may want to move your car depending on your location.  If the ground is dry, we may be allowed to have some vehicles drive on the grass to unload for the North Field.  Please confirm with your curator before driving on any grass, and please be prepared to unload next to the road, park your car, and return to carry your project deeper into the field if necessary.

    We’ll have at least one hand truck on site, but we ask that you come prepared. Remember, we like the Park Service and we want them to like us back!  So let’s keep them happy so we can come back to this beautiful plot of land again next year.

  • Saturday Break-Down and Storage.  We’ll have limited security Saturday night, but we ask that all of your projects are broken down and stored, both for weather and security.  All sound systems should be pulled off site for the night, and pop-ups that break down easily should likely be pulled down, too.  Since we won’t be on site Saturday night, we must be prepared for any sort inclement weather.  If you have questions about this, please contact your curator.  We must be off the grounds by 7pm.

  • Sunday Set-Up.  We’re back again, but this time, we ask that you don’t arrive until at least 8:15am. For artists returning for a second day, you don’t need to check in.  But again, please don’t assume you can drive on the grass until you’ve received explicit permission from one of FIGMENT’s curators. For all new artists, please check in at the HQ station as mentioned above.  You’ll be directed to your spot, or told where your stage is, etc.

  • Sunday Break-Down.  You are welcome to start breaking down as early as it’ll take you to do so in order to be off the grounds by 7pm, though we ask that you keep your project active as long as possible.  Please be prepared to pack up your vehicle either next to the road or have a hand truck that you can use to bring your materials to the car.

  • LEAVE NO TRACE  FIGMENT DC is a Leave No Trace event. This means that you are responsible for any and all items that you bring into Anacostia – water bottles, art supplies, food, etc. You should prepare to remove all of your project’s trash from Anacostia Park at the end of the event.

    If your project involves paint, you MUST have a dirty water bucket that closes so that you can take the dirty water home with you. If you’re working with acrylic, you can let it dry and remove the tarp at the end of the day. You may NOT dump any paint water, or otherwise used, dirty water, into the river or down any of the rain drains or sinks on site.

  • Bring a Picnic.  FIGMENT DC will only have a small concession stand, which will offer a small selection of sodas and snacks. Come prepared with enough food and water to last the day.  You’re welcome to bring your own cooler. Please remember that FIGMENT is an alcohol free event.

  • Map. We are finalizing the map of the event and gathering details to help you get set up and interacting with participants as simply as possible.  Our final map will be posted on the website the week of FIGMENT.  If you have pressing questions about your location, please contact your curator for details.

  • Directions. All directions are here.

  • Maps on your Mobile Device. DO NOT use Apple Maps, they direct you to drive on an inaccessible road to the north of the park.  In Google Maps, enter the address Anacostia Park, Section E, Washington, DC.

See you soon! We’re really excited to share in this year’s magic with you!