In 2016, in the wake of the tragic fire at Oakland’s DIY arts and music space, Ghost Ship, Meow Wolf established an annual DIY Fund to assist and help ensure the safety and sustainability of similar venues around the world.

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Meow Wolf's DIY Fund

The 2018 Meow Wolf DIY Fund will raise awareness and funding for DIY art and music spaces.

53 people
$68,470

Thank you to our generous Presenting Sponsor The Alsop Family Foundation

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About the Meow Wolf DIY Fund

Meow Wolf has been a DIY arts and music community since 2008. We know how difficult it is to operate an alternative venue that builds authentic creative community. We know the pressures to homogenize and be absorbed into disconnected, cookie-cutter ways of living and existing.

We stand in solidarity with DIY communities and recognize that they are a critical component to a healthy society – our DIY Fund will continue to support art communities for years to come.

Through the DIY Fund, small community art spaces receive grant money to pay for everything from infrastructure improvements to rent. Last year we awarded more than $215,000 to 106 DIY spaces across the country.

2017 Recap

In 2017, Meow Wolf’s annual DIY Fund made its first payout of $215,000 directly to DIY community art and music spaces across the country. Selected from among hundreds of applicants, Meow Wolf helped 106 small-scale arts organizations in 21 different states with rent, infrastructure, safety improvements, materials, and equipment.

The Wheelz performing at 7th Circle Music Collective in Denver, Colorado

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Looking into 2018
(and beyond)

Meow Wolf has increased our projected DIY Fund for 2018, and we have plans to continue the DIY Fund for years to come. One of our goals is to increase the number of applicants, and amount of funding that is awarded each year, while increasing awareness for the value of DIY art and music spaces in our communitites.

We’re excited to announce that our goal this year is to give $250,000 to DIY arts and music spaces across the United States. This year’s DIY Fund application will launch in August 2018 with recipients selected, and funding presented, by the end of the year.

  • August 21 2018 – DIY Fund Application Opens
  • September 30, 2018 – DIY Fund Application Closes
  • December 2018 – Award notifications sent out and funding to be awarded

 

DIY Fund News

DIY Fund Application

For the majority of our decade-long history, Meow Wolf lived on the fringes of Santa Fe in a series of small DIY venues. Now, we’re paying it forward through our DIY Fund program.

Through the DIY Fund, small community art spaces receive grant money to pay for everything from infrastructure improvements to rent. Last year we awarded more than $215,000 to 106 DIY spaces across the country. We also offered to consult with artists to navigate the bureaucratic nightmarescape of finances and code enforcement. Bottom line: If you’re holding it down for creative living in your community, we want to help you keep the lights on.

To apply, please be an existing arts or music space that receives less than $50,000 in funding per year. To receive funding, applicants must have an actual space where creativity occurs with a community of people, and specify their outward community impact. We will consider any type of creative community; visual, music venue, performance, etc. Please fill out the form below and tell us a little about yourself. We’ll be in touch in December.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].