Self-Organizations in Beirut
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Due to the extraordinary circumstances the Beirut arts communities are living, we are launching this exceptional open call for projects on self-organizing in Lebanon only.
Launched in July, Self-Organizations is a new program that was initiated to provoke inventive ways of working and collaborating. The program offers support to projects where different arts practitioners take the initiative and join forces to define a mutual resource or interest that’s important for their work, and propose how to share or develop it.
This call for Self-Organizations in Beirut is proposing practitioners in Lebanon to use this program as a tool to cement collective sharing and generosity: Practices that have now proved to be more relevant than funds and structures amidst this situation of crisis upon crisis.
For this Beirut edition, we propose a preliminary set of eligible project types across three different categories as follows:
1. Informal Co-ops: A minimum of four practitioners need to take the initiative to come together and identify a resource/tool that they can share for a period of six months to one year, that can help them to develop their own work, pursue or restart their activity. Examples include but are not limited to: a shared functional workspace, a music or PA system, a video editing suite, a 3D printer, work tools, hiring an assistant or a shared childminder for the group. It is necessary that the people in the group are involved from the start, and that the benefits stay within the arts community.
The proposals should not exceed a budget of US$6,000, and the project start after November 1, 2020 and last no more than twelve months.
2. Group Actions: In the absence of reliable infrastructures, this category supports actions carried by groups having a shared concern. They can include actions to provide or have access to intellectual or vocational knowledge, or knowledge that can help the group address the various conditions hindering their practices and ability to work. Examples include: an assembly, a seminar or workshop on a specialized topic of their interest, activating a collective initiative, etc. The actions could happen online or in-person, be public or private, however they must be developed by at least three committed people together.
The proposals should not exceed a budget of US$2,000, and the actions can take place between November 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021.
3. Your Ideas: We are keeping this category open to hear from potential participants on what they want to initiate as part of this program that falls under the notion of self-organization in Beirut. The proposal must be made by a committed group of at least three people, and the budget will be determined by the specificity of the proposal but should not exceed US$4,000. The timeframe will be agreed upon based the proposals’ specific needs.
Two to three proposals will be selected within each of the three categories above, and a means of receiving the funds will be established.
*Due to the volatility of the current Covid19 crisis, if you are invited to participate in the Self-Organizations in Beirut program, then you commit to conforming your project to the prevailing sanitary advice and taking any needed precautions.
SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
In addition to complying with the general eligibility criteria that you can read here, please note the following:
- The program actions must take place in Lebanon.
- Arts practitioners from all disciplines and stages of their careers are welcome to apply. Collaborations between the arts and other fields are welcome.
- Institutions and commercial or fundraising entities are not eligible.
- Individual and private infrastructural reconstruction efforts are not eligible.
Please note that those applying for the Self-Organizations in Beirut can also apply here to other categories in the Self-Organizations regional program with deadline October 15, 2020.
Mophradat’s team in collaboration with external advisors will evaluate the applications based on how they align with the objectives of the program and this specific call.
- All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications by October 15, 2020.
- As we often receive a high volume of applications, Mophradat does not provide individual feedback explaining why an application was not selected.
- On selection, an agreement will be signed between the recipient and Mophradat.
You can apply by filling in an online form here. (Please note that you can’t save your application online; we recommend you to work offline and paste your answers into the form.)
This program is launched as part of our project “Distinct Voices”, which is partially supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany.