At ThinkArts we believe that children should have access to positive and high quality cultural experiences, as participants and as audiences, both now and of the future. The arts are essential for children to develop key skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, adaptability and innovation, and to be able to experience their world in a fuller manner.
In the current situation, it is difficult to predict when children will again watch live performances or attend arts workshops. One of the ways to deal with this gap, would be to disseminate arts content to children, via the digital medium, through teachers in schools and for parents to access online.
With the support of Takshila Educational Society, ThinkArts is delighted to launch the ThinkArts Grant for Artists and Theatre for Young Audiences Practitioners in India to create new digital content for children.
With this grant, we aim to fulfil the following objectives:
· Address the gap of quality original digital content developed specifically for young audiences in India.
· Support continued access to art engagements for children in schools and for families.
· Support artists and theatre practitioners in India to create arts engagements for young audiences.
· Explore new ways of disseminating arts contents to young audiences, in these times.
8 selected applicants will be provided a grant of Rs. 20,000 each to create an original piece (max 30 mins duration) for ages 5 to 10 years old, which can be delivered digitally.
The piece can be a theatre performance, a stop motion animation or a multimedia performance. Storytelling recordings or films will not be considered for this grant.
The complete piece will need to be submitted by 16th August 2020.
While the application has to be in English, the final product can be non-verbal, in English or in any Indian language.
Applicants will be screened by a two-member selection panel. We are thrilled to have as our panellists, Sanjna Kapoor, Theatre Entrepreneur and Soumik Nandy Majumdar, art historian and teacher at Kala Bhavan.
Who can apply?
1) Theatre practitioners & visual artists based in India, with an interest in creating work for young audiences.
2) Applicants may respond individually or as a group.
How to apply?
1) To apply, please send an email to: email@example.com with the subject: Application for ThinkArts Grant 2020.
The email must contain:
a) A short portfolio, with past experience in working with young audiences (if any);
b) A concept note about the piece, highlighting points of engagement with the audience;
c) The form of the piece (stop-motion, animation, theatre performance).
d) Contact information including phone number & website (if any)
[Note: If the idea is an adaptation of an existing piece of work, the applicants should adhere to copyright laws and take necessary permissions if needed]
Selected applicants will also be provided Two Workshops on 18 / 19 July (tbc) - one on using the screen as a stage and another on various tools that can be used to create digital content.
ThinkArts will create activity packs based on the final 8 pieces. The pieces along with the activity packs will be shared with educators across schools in India and will also be made available online for use by families. ThinkArts will have the right to use the piece for a period of 1 year, after which the rights of distribution rest with the creators.
Application Deadline: 28th June, 2020.
Announcement of Selected Applicants: 13th July, 2020.
Last Date for Submission of Completed Piece: 16th August, 2020
Please contact: +91-98312 56730 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for further details!
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who is a TYA Practitioner?
TYA stands for Theatre for Young Audiences. A TYA Practitioner is someone who creates performances for children and young people.
2. Is it possible to apply for this grant without prior experience in working with young audiences?
The grant is open to all artists and practitioners in India who are keen to produce work for young people, regardless of their past experiences. The objective is to provide an opportunity for innovative ideas to be explored and developed.
3. Is it possible to apply for this grant without prior experience in digital content creation?
The grant will include two workshops on digital content creation, led by experienced professionals shortly after the results are announced.
4. Who will be making the selection?
Applicants will be selected by a two-member panel comprising Sanjna Kapoor, Theatre Entrepreneur and Soumik Nandy Majumdar, art historian and teacher at Kala Bhavan.
5. What are some of the criteria for selection?
The grant aims to support artists in the making of quality, digital content for young people. The final applicants will be selected on the basis of engagement potential, innovation, and accessibility of the proposed final piece, to name a few.
6. Will the final piece be monetised?
The idea is to share the content freely, with due credit to the creators. It is difficult to predict if it can be monetised, in light of our current circumstances, but if we do, the artists will also receive a share of the monies. We will enter into an agreement before we monetise anything and this clause will be clearly mentioned in our grant agreement.
7. What will be the distribution rights of the artists after the piece is created?
For the first year, ThinkArts will have the right to share the piece, and artists can also share it for free if they’d like. ThinkArts will also be adding some educational resources to go with the piece. After the first year, the rights of distribution will rest with the creators.
8. Are there any examples of the kind of digital content for children?
This is such a new and unexplored area that we don't have many concrete examples to provide at the moment. These pieces by Unicorn Theatre, La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi and Threshold might give you some inspiration.