Visual Artist & Performing Artist FAQ


What The Festival is a carefully curated boutique festival,

Where the experience of art and music are paramount.


We create conditions for enjoyment;

Places to immerse in the magic of expression, inspiration, and community.

Spaces to seek the power of the positive.


We welcome all who are looking to bask in the glow,

and play in the light.


Thank you for your interest in sharing your art at What The Festival 2017!  Artful experiences will be situated throughout The Illuminated Forest, around The Plateau and at Camp Hosts East & West.

As you put together your proposal to submit your art, please keep the following information in mind. 


What We Are Looking For:

  • Interactive art and artful experiences that hold interest in both daylight and evening hours.
  • Performance art that engages and inspires.
  • Installations and night time performances should include some element of lighting.
  • We accept existing work, and newly proposed work specifically built to be unveiled and experienced at the festival.
  • Your work and your performance(s) should be able to survive the elements of the natural environment (wind, dust, bright sunshine and potentially rain).
You can find some examples of past installations HERE.

Deadlines/Important Dates:

  • Visual Art and Performing Art Applications open on December 14th, 2016 close on March 15, 2017.
  • Please note that applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered and/or accepted partially based on the order submitted.
  • All artists will be responded to by April 1, 2017 (you may hear from someone from our team sooner).
  • At a minimum, artists and/or their crews will need to have availability between the dates of June 14th – 20th, 2017 for set-up, a lighting/tech rehearsal, an artist meet and greet on opening night, throughout the festival dates to be sure their art is functioning properly and for strike and take down thereafter.
Art Grants / Passes:
  • What The Festival provides a number of grants for artists to display their work(s). Please take transportation, materials, installation, strike, time on site, etc. into consideration when considering the level of needs for the grant to cover.
  • Visual Artist & Performing Artist camping is walk in only. If artists would like to car or RV camp please take this into consideration in the total cost of your grant.
  • What The Festival will also consider ticket trades in lieu of monetary grants where appropriate.
  • There will be a limited number of tickets made available for artists/crews. Please keep this in mind when applying and only include essential crew members on your application and note that artist tickets are not available for re-sale and are non-transferrable.
Power & Tools:
  • Power is provided and available as a part of your art experience. You will need to alert the What The Festival team as to your power needs in advance, including any requirements for set up and strike.
  • Artists are expected to bring any and all tools needed for set up, strike and running their installations or performances. If additional tools or heavy equipment is needed please request this far in advance.
Transportation & Parking:
  • All artists will need to transport their work(s) to and from the festival. The art must arrive and leave in the time schedule outlined with the festival in advance.
  • If oversize parking is needed for artist transportation, please advance this information to the festival.
  • A specified number of parking passes will be included in any Visual Artist/Performing Artist offer. Additional parking passes are available for purchase through the What The Festival website.
  • Once your car is parked it cannot be moved during the festival.
  • What The Festival is a camping festival. Please note that you and your crew must be self sufficient and that means showers, meals, vendors, etc may not be available outside of festival days.
  • Visual Artists and Performing Artists will have a kitchen set up and ready to use for their needs, including cooking.
  • Once your camp is pitched and/or car or RV is placed, it cannot be moved for the duration of the festival. All early arrivals, including Visual and Performing Artists, will be placed in Visual Artist and Performing Artist camping located on the west side of the festival.