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2019 Festival Proposal and Funding Application

The LoKo Arts Festival is the result of the generous gift of Kathy (Kofoed) Lougheed '54 and her husband Don Lougheed (Hon. '54)

Mission and Vision

With this gift, the Lougheeds are intent on creating an atmosphere for the arts by providing financial support for an array of arts inspired activities, performances and scholarly activity leading up to and exhibited through a ten-day Festival. Campus constituents (faculty, staff, and students) will be invited to submit proposals to fund creative endeavors that enhance, connect and expand on the arts experience at SUNY Potsdam in ways designed to positively impact SUNY Potsdam students as well as the community and region. Each year, the Festival will include the Dorothy Albrecht Gregory Visiting Conductor leading Crane Chorus and Symphony Orchestra in a performance.

The LoKo Arts Festival funds shall be used to build upon, celebrate, and advance Potsdam's status as the leading arts campus in the SUNY System and beyond while enhancing the full breadth of its arts programs including arts practice, arts education, arts theory and arts management. The LoKo Arts Festival shall encompass all forms of artistic expression, including traditional and contemporary work, and those that embody the “LoKo” spirit. Also, projects involving more than one artistic discipline and collaborations with other disciplines are welcome.
The goals of the LoKo Arts Festival are:

  • Expose the entire Potsdam campus and community to the full breadth of the arts while enhancing Potsdam arts programs.
  • Provide funding that will enhance and enrich the Potsdam arts experience.
  • To keep events free and open to the public.

Funding Parameters

All proposals will be required to be as inclusive as possible of all expenses.

The LoKo Arts Festival fund shall be used to support the following:

LoKo Arts Festival funds may be requested for individual or group honoraria for guest artists, artists-in-residence, and other presenters; for travel expenses related to these visiting artists; for production expenses and exhibition costs; for costs related to educational outreach, including travel to or from area schools; for performance rights; for Festival-related receptions and other hospitality; for commissions of new works of art; and for promotional and support activities.

Requests for equipment must include information about access, storage and use beyond the Festival or specific event.

Generally, LoKo does not fund honorarium or payment for faculty, staff or students organizing projects. Exceptions are made in certain circumstances. i.e. your performance requires an accompanist, then you may use LoKo funds to hire a faculty member or student.

Course releases for faculty members organizing large-scale projects are up to the discretion of the Department Chair.

Submission Process, Review and Awarding of Funds

Proposals will be reviewed by a LoKo Arts Festival committee, including faculty representatives from all three Schools and related stakeholders. The committee will make recommendations to the academic deans of SUNY Potsdam's three schools. The deans will determine final awards and allocations based on committee recommendations and strength of the proposal in fulfilling the mission and goals of the LoKo Arts Festival. Special considerations and focus will be on collaborations and the potential to positively impact the SUNY Potsdam student experience.

Proposals are not limited to the timeframe of the ten-day Festival. Proposals may include guest artists/scholars, activities, curriculum, master classes that occur leading up to the Festival with a culminating performance, event, exhibition scheduled for the celebration of the arts.

LoKo Arts Festival: April 26 - May 5, 2019

2019 Festival Proposal and Funding Application

All proposals for the 2019 Festival due to Kathryn Deuel by Thursday, April 5, 2018. If you are attempting to secure an artist that requires significant advance booking you may also apply for a future festival (2020 or 2021) at this time. You will have an opportunity to speak briefly about your proposal and answer any questions the committee may have before funding is decided. Total funding available is approximately $58,000.

Contact Information:

Campus address: 6th Floor, Raymond Hall
Phone: x-2102