Virtual Innovation Challenge

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC), partnering with Beechwood Arts & Innovation, invites all member artists and their colleagues to the 2020 Virtual Innovation Challenge.


Recognizing the challenge of the current crisis of infection and social isolation, and the resultant difficulty of presenting artistic expression, the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County offers this contest as an incentive for artists, musicians and performers, working in all media, to create new forms and formats – innovative, interactive online programs (exhibits, talks, lectures, classes, dance/theater/music experiences) that can generate income and provide possible new forms for sustainability.

Submitted work will be judged, and awarded points, on its ability to:

  • be innovative in its presentation, clearly showing the use of art and digital formats in a new way;
  • be interactive – engaging its audience in ways that includes feedback and interactivity with its audience; and 
  • incorporate an ability to generate income for the artist(s).

Artists may develop and submit their work using any digital platform that has a URL.

Applicants must be a current member of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Non-members may join the CAFC before submitting an application. Collaborations are encouraged; only the applicant need be a CAFC member.

We are offering prizes of $2,000, $1250 and $750 for the top three submissions as judged by a jury of practitioners in the field. Jurors are: Holly Danger (Danger Gallery); Frederic Chiu and Jeanine Esposito (Beechwood Art & Innovation); Peter van Heerden (The Quick Center); and Cheryl Williams (CAFC Board and CBS News).

The winning works will be shown on a special presentation of Beechwood’s interactive virtual The WE Events.

Submit to by deadline of June 30:

  • Name and email address of submitting artist(s) 
  • Names of any collaborators
  • URL of performance/presentation.
  • A brief statement (150 words or less) of how the project is innovative, interactive and can generate income.

This program is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous benefactor.


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