By Jon Roe
Don’t get too excited—the money’s not for you. But you can have a hand in helping decide where it goes. Tonight, the progenitors of four awesome ideas will have 90 seconds each to pitch why they deserve a $1,000 grant (provided by 10 ordinary people who each donated $100 of their own money) from the Awesome Foundation. The event is at 6 p.m. at The Area (1119 10 Ave. S.E.).
The four finalists for this month’s grant are: the new comedy festival YYComedy; an idea by Rich Théroux to have live art battles; CLOUD, an installation by Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett that will be featured at the inaugural Calgary edition of the nighttime arts festival Nuit Blanche in September; and an idea called A Strong Impression by Marshall Ennis, which will introduce the strength of history, tradition and family to young adults in Calgary.
Previous winners of the Awesome Foundation’s grant include a proposal for the creation and installation of art at C-Train stations around the city, a video project that encourages buying local by highlighting unique and sustainable local businesses and a tool-lending library that would give Calgarians access to gardening and other tools to use for various projects.
The Awesome Foundation runs monthly $1,000 Thursdays. If you think you have an idea worthy of a $1,000 grant, you have until Sept. 10 to submit your proposal for the next round at awesomecalgary.org.
The image above is the schematic diagram for Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett’s CLOUD project. Read more about it here.