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Congratulations to our first-ever Creative Grants recipients!


We're proud to announce that this round's Creative Grants recipients have been chosen! Our Creative Grants Board, comprised of Mollinda, RockstarVanity, and vayabobo, diligently reviewed the applications, and from their top choices, we have determined this round's recipients.  What better day to announce these projects than on deviantART's big 12th birthday celebration?

These talented artists are passionate about their projects, and they've already accomplished so much in their communities without outside funding. We can't wait to see how they flourish after receiving their Creative Grants!

Full Moon Art Appreciation


By dogsofeternity from Dallas, TX

Austin Craver, aka dogsofeternity, has been running an art gallery space in Texas for the past year -- completely out of the goodness of his heart. His motivation is his tremendous love of art and music.

With the help of a deviantART Creative Grant, Austin will be hosting a one-night Full Moon Art Appreciation show, featuring 10 wonderfully talented individuals, as well as 10 up-and-coming artists who have yet to formally break into the art world. This dynamic event will also celebrate arts in the music realm by inviting local bands to play sets.

Lightning Over Texas by dogsofeternity Trading In My Hours by dogsofeternity JustMe by dogsofeternity




Life-Size Skeleton Etch-A-Sketch Installation


By pikajane from Muskegon, MI

Jane Labowitch (pikajane) is a talented artist skilled in a very unique median -- Etch-A-Sketch. She plans to create two installations to be displayed in galleries. The first installation will be a life-size rendition of a skeleton, using multiple Etch-A-Sketches mounted to a wall. The second installation will be a 3-dimensional piece using a skeleton as a base for several mounted Etch-A-Sketches, which will act as a sort of "reverse x-ray."

Through her project, Jane hopes to impact people of all ages -- from children who may just be discovering the Etch-A-Sketch to adults who look back on them with nostalgia. She also thinks this is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between what many people consider to be a large separation between science and art.

Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Anterior Torso Etch A Sketch by pikajane Skull etch a sketch by pikajane


Creative Art Classes For Lower-Income Families


By EverIris from Jackson, NJ

Sandra Gale (EverIris) has been fostering creativity within the children of her community by offering affordable art classes. She does the best with the supplies she has, but as everyone can agree, art supplies aren't cheap. Sandra doesn't plan to make money from this venture, but wants to give kids the opportunity to express themselves through art -- an opportunity that may not have been possible without her efforts.

Not only will the children be inspired to create with greater tools than ever before, but the inspiration will spread throughout the community, from the kids, to their families, friends, and beyond. Sandra aims to increase her students' artistic abilities and imaginations by working with new media, new techniques, and new colors provided by a variety of art supplies purchased with a Creative Grant.

Coming Home by EverIris Angelina Jolie by EverIris





RecycleArt: A Make-and-Take Event


By SineMetuDesigns from Columbus, OH

Casey McCarty's studio, SineMetuDesigns, has had success with her recycled-art make-and-take demonstrations at various fairs and festivals. Here, participants learn how to use recycled materials in a variety of creative and artistic ways, which they can then take home. However, Casey has always been limited by space at these events, and she's looking to host her own recycle event where more people than ever will have the opportunity to participate.

Local artists who specialize in recycled art, who use eco-friendly business practices, or who incorporate recycled material into their work will be invited to show and sell their pieces in ways that were never before possible. Casey's goal is that the community who attends will walk away with inspiration and a new appreciation for recycled art and its artists.

 Ravens in Time Statement Collar by SineMetuDesigns 

Urban Art/Art Therapy


By Seraphylia from Jersey City, NJ

Urban art and art therapy programs are an important part of the school Jazmyne Casillas, aka Seraphylia, attends. These programs aim to beautify the community, however, it is vastly lacking in funding. Her school has plans to drop the program, but Jazmyne wants to host one more big project to show the administration how important it is to keep art in school.

Jazmyne plans to create a mural, and she has been busy sketching out how it could look. With a Creative Grant, Jazmyne will be able to purchase the supplies she needs to make this happen -- paint, airbrushes, palettes, and so much more. The success of this Creative Grant could show the school how vital it is to keep arts as a part of education.



Amazing Projects!


We couldn't be more thrilled to see how each of these brave and ambitious deviants will make their communities, their little slice of the world, a better place to live. After Creative Grants are distributed, we encourage our recipients to post a Journal with photos from their events, so everyone can see the results of these amazing projects! 

If you applied for a Creative Grant this round and didn't receive it, our rules stipulate that, should any of these recipients decline receiving a Creative Grant, decide they no longer need the Grant, or be unable to receive it, the Grant will be passed on to the next-highest-rated applicants. The Creative Grants Board has decided not to indicate the amount of funding given, however, recipients are free to disclose the amount they received. 

Apply now!


Do you have a creative project that could use a little financial kickstart? Our next round of funding is now open! Check out this article to learn how you can apply!






Charity: Water Starts the Process for the Well!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:44 AM


I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the charity: water project I wrote about in February of this year. Whether you were able to actively donate to, read up on, or help spread the word about this honorable cause, I genuinely felt touched by the actions of every person who took the time to participate.

I got so many inspiring and heart-warming Notes from deviants far and wide -- from those who had just donated to those who had no means to donate monetarily but who happily spread the word to others. Many even selflessly pledged their own birthdays, asking for donations to this great cause in lieu of gifts. In a world where a lot of the news headlines are depressing and bleak, my faith in the power of good and caring was restored by the deviantART community.

Some say that one should participate in charity for charity's sake, and I fully believe this. I donated because it was a great cause whose results were so tangible and so needed by those who would receive it. Hardly a day has gone by in the past 5 months that I haven't imagined what steps in the well-building process the charity was currently undergoing. But I know the charity is busy spreading the word to others, tackling paperwork, and funneling all the generous donations to make this well and many(!) others a reality.

So I wasn't really expecting to hear back from charity: water, especially so early in the process. I figured maybe I would log in to my page on their website a while down the line, find out where the well was built, and daydream about maybe visiting it someday. When I got an email today spelling out how the money would be implemented, the timeline, the part of the world, and the promise of detailed metrics as soon as the well is finished, I was reminded of why I wanted to donate in the first place.

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 5.08.31 PM by LaurenKitsune

Today, charity: water reached out to me to let us know where our well would be built, how long it would take, and some other really interesting statistics about how the future deviantART well is going to help out a small town.

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 4.23.43 PM by LaurenKitsune

These sorts of statistics are so shocking, I'm doing everything I can to raise awareness of something so many of us take for granted. If you're reading this Journal on a computer, it means you have access to an Internet connection, and more than likely can access water at the turn of a knob. We bathe in it every day, we freeze it to make drinks cold and heat it to cook our food and keep our homes warm. The thought of someone experiencing thirst and not being able to safely satisfy that feeling elicits such a strong emotion when I sit down to think about it. How often in our daily lives do we take for granted having such amenities often just a room away?

Screen Shot 2012-07-26 at 4.23.25 PM by LaurenKitsune

This email -- perhaps one of a few more -- pinpointed where this upcoming well was on its path to being completed. As I'm sure you can appreciate, the paperwork, training, architecture, and everything in between is time consuming, and it really brings to light the unsung heroes behind charity doors who do all the heavy-lifting to bring something like fresh water to a community in need.

At the bottom of the email was a linked example of the sorts of statistics we could read about in the future as soon as the well finished completion, and you can read all about how this real well in Ethopia helped a small town here!

Giving to any reputable charity brings a feeling that's not really matched by anything else in the world. It's hard to describe, but it's a feeling of almost secret bliss. These people will probably never know any of the deviants who gave a small part of themselves to bring such a needed commodity to their lives. But I can picture a village, and the people living in it, and the difference this is going to make very soon.

I wanted to thank you all for making this possible, we did something really good here and I'm very happy. I also want to thank Charity: Water, you guys are fantastic! 

I'll link to charity: water one last time, in case you want to feel the same rush of giving you've felt before when donating. And it's true what they say -- every dollar counts, every penny counts, and spreading your awareness to others truly does leave a positive impact on the world we live in.

-- :spyed: 



spyed sense:


i really need to change my signature.
it's been simmering in lame for way too long.

:meditate:
Ninja image created by AndyFairhurst


In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New


New Premium Member Feature: Gallery Subfolders

New Gallery Folders for Premium Members by danlev

One of the most requested features we've gotten on Site Updates in the past is the ability to add subfolders within your gallery. As of today, the wait is over! Subfolder capability has been added to the member gallery for Premium Members. This allows users to create folders within a folder, for more specific organization and overall tidiness.

Try the new subfolders feature by upgrading to a Premium Membership.

Comment Signatures Uplift

New Comment Signatures by danlev

Comments on deviantART are an amazing way to interact with your fellow deviants. However, in the past, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between the comment itself, and the comment signature. Deviants enjoy having a piece of their profile travel with them on deviantART, but the two bodies of text were too similar to easily distinguish. In one of our prior Site Updates, we asked what you thought of signatures. The primary requests were to make signatures a bit less prominent, and also to better distinguish them from the comment itself. We listened to your concerns, adjusting the signature size and color, and adding a clear separation between the comment and the signature.

Remember: If you prefer to view comments without signatures, you can disable them in your Browsing Settings.

Update to Critiques

In the past, any Critique left on a deviation would disappear from the deviation page if a user disabled Critique, or if their Premium Membership expired. As of today, rather than removing the Critique from the deviation, a message is displayed stating "The Artist is no longer requesting Critique on this Artwork", and any Critique you've already received remains visible on the deviation, regardless of the cause for the change. This means that you'll be able to easily access feedback left for you, even if your Premium Membership runs out or you decide you don't want to receive Critique on that work anymore.

Upgrades to Quarterly Check Payments

After receiving a great deal of feedback, we're excited to announce an upgrade to the My Earnings quarterly check payment system! Instead of waiting until the end of a quarter for deviantART to process your check, you can now request a check whenever you'd like! For example, if you made some big sales after submitting a new Print, you can request a check to be mailed to you right away instead waiting until the quarter ends.


Change Log

  • Favorites could not be dragged from the collection bar and dropped into journal entry drafts. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Google PDF viewer that was used to display PDF deviations was unreliable, and would occasionally require a user to log into their Google account. It has since been replaced with a different implementation that will allow most browsers to display the PDF using their own PDF reader. Fixed by $muteor
  • Misclicks or double-clicks on a deviation submission could result in duplicates. Fixed by $muteor
  • Submissions to the Visualizations Gallery misidentified the .pimp filetype as .7z. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • The "Show Collections" button in the Deviation Thumbshare forum threads was not operational. Fixed by $muteor
  • A very small number of deviation deletions resulted in notifications concerning unaddressed required release documents. Fixed by $muteor
  • Many people use deviantART logged out -- whether they were just linked to a page from another website or they haven't signed up yet. Since these users are less familiar with deviantART, we've decided to hide signatures for them, making the comments section cleaner and less confusing.

Sta.sh

  • When logged out, the "Edit with Sta.sh Writer" button on deviantART wouldn't redirect to the right place after logging in. Fixed by $samshull
  • When viewing someone else's Sta.sh stack, it wasn't possible to open items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Going in and out of edit mode on a Sta.sh item using the browser history would break Sta.sh. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Merging items has been reworded. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • On the Submit page, the Submit Now button on the bottom of the page wouldn't get the same active state as the top one when submitting. Fixed by $samshull
  • Visiting one's own stack directly and uploading would add new items in the root instead of in the stack. Fixed by $samshull
  • The upload display was broken in legacy browsers. Fixed by $samshull
  • Dragging items to merge them into a stack was broken. Fixed by $aMoniker

Sta.sh Writer


  • Sta.sh Writer developed some padding issues, which made for inaccurate previews. Fixed by $kemayo
  • In raw HTML mode (command+e or ctrl+e when in Sta.sh Writer), autosave was not functional and the toolbars were disabled. Fixed by $kemayo and $Alisey
  • Importing multiple thumbs from Sta.sh at once wasn't working. Fixed by $inazar

Your Feedback


Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update!
  • Many users were excited about our upcoming new browsing experience: More Like This. Some members were confused and assumed it would take the place of Browse — for clarification, it's not! More Like This will be a new way to browse artwork, artists, and collection related to a single deviation. 
  • Members liked the suggestions about being able to pull files from Sta.sh for Premium Content, being able to move their deviations to scraps using the pencil tool in the gallery, and using a deviation as an avatar.
  • rioIu suggested adding filters to Discover, such as the amount of watchers or pageviews artists have.
  • Eclipse--Designs suggested the ability to "+Watch" a Journal entry to get notifications when new people comment on it.
  • Nichrysalis suggested that members should be able to browse a Group gallery by category the way you can for an individual's gallery.

Discuss!

Group Gallery vs. Group Favourites
Within Groups, there are two similar ways to collect and promote artwork, that being the Group Gallery and Group Favourites. For those of you who manage or contribute in Groups, how do you use the Group Favourites compared to the Group Gallery? Do you find that you put both to use the same way, or do you find different uses for each? Do Groups you take part in generally use one over another?


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The Age of Discernment

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 12:22 AM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:









With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment.


→ This article was inspired by the conversation in the comments generated from last week’s Suggestivism article.


As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards an unmappable future.









Comments: 60
Favourites: 696
Views: 16,289


Here at deviantART there seems to be a new age dawning as well. deviantART has always provided an artist to artist education for new and developing artists. But more and more artists, both amateurs and professionals of all levels, are using deviantART as a real resource and platform in the creation and exhibition of their personal art gallery rather than just a place to exhibit their own works. And the arts conversation on deviantART runs across all race, religion, social classes, age, gender and education levels. Participants in this grand conversation often include the elites in their chosen medium as well as artists just creating their first sketches. The sheer amount of art categories on dA is breath-taking, the scope of beauty and imagination within each of those categories unparalleled.










Comments: 387
Favourites: 2,387
Views: 297,771


But is there a danger to all information – and all art – being right at the fingertips? Will we lose sense of what is bad, good, better and best art? Will art become just one process or activity, rather than the occasional expression of the miraculous that it sometimes is? What will become of our powers of discernment in the flood of information? Rather than becoming self-satisfied about all the great art now just a click away, maybe we should start trying to decide what meaning art should have in our lives, as well as what art is meaningful for our future. Important things in how we are beginning to communicate as one worldwide community of peoples are happening just beneath the surface. Now may be the time when more, not less, thoughtfulness should be deployed in discerning which art means the most to you as an artist or art appreciator?









Comments: 174
Favourites: 4,130
Views: 30,200


We seem to have come to a major societal “look before you leap” moment. Shall we just keep technologically cannonballing forward, full steam ahead to wherever our digital momentum takes us? Or is it time to pump the brakes and start a serious conversation about whether or not the fundamental shift in the technology of our society should usher in a new fundamental shift in the values of our society.


So the great question confronts us all, and with each day it becomes less hypothetical and more urgent: With the advent of universal access to all information all of the time how will we decide to personally sort or categorize content or make preferences or align to and thus create global values? Will we be able to take the new responsibility thrust into our hands and really do the right thing? Will we choose the global over the personal? Will we start making choices with an eye toward our digital information-based “footprints” - - the record of our choices - - and the unintentional fallout as they become votes and statistics affecting other choices for the unseen populace of the World Wide Web?



We now have just about all the information we’re ever going to need to make a real change in this world. The ability to discern what in that information is important and which takes priority is the new challenge of our age.




















Comments: 12,728
Favourites: 42,226
Views: 1,297,196






Comments: 1558
Favourites: 2,194
Views: 11,811










Comments: 5
Favourites: 15
Views: 141






Comments: 118
Favourites: 2,681
Views: 18,733












QuestionsFor the Reader


  1. Does the sheer amount of art becoming more and more available for your perusal give you a sense of excitement – or a feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious that you’ll never be able to take it all in?
  2. Do you think you personally have enough of a power of discernment to be able to separate important and meaningful from superfluous art?
  3. While being able to discern between what is “important” and what is “fun” art, is it your feeling that frivolous art meant simply for enjoyment is just as important as more substantial meaningful art?
  4. What if anything will be the personal impact on your life of the arrival of the Singularity in regard to your relationship with the arts?









Thank you for a successful first round!

On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program -- a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended and we've received over 500 applications! Thank you to each and everyone who submitted their creative project. You can check out the recipients and their projects here!

Get ready for the next cycle!

We'd also like to announce that our next cycle of funding is now open. Apply by describing the artistic endeavor of your dreams through our official application form. If you didn't get a chance to participate in the last round, now's the time to get involved! 


WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL YOU CONSIDER?


We're looking for exciting and art-related projects that need a little push financially. Think devious!

Here are a few examples of what Creative Grants could be used for:

  • Installation of an art exhibition
  • Additional artist materials or resources to support the production or public display of art
  • A piece of work that requires specific tools
  • Costs to run a creative event

If you're looking for money to pay your rent, go to classes, upgrade your Group to Super status, buy a Premium Membership or pay off your student loans, this is not for you.

WHO DECIDES RECIPIENTS?


Applications will be reviewed by the Creative Grants Board, which consists of staff, volunteers and senior members. All applications in a given cycle will be reviewed by members of the Board fairly and Grants will be given to as few or as many as the review panel deems appropriate within the budget of available funds. The Creative Grants Board will pick those projects that they believe will benefit particularly from a Grant and give those artists the support they need to make it happen. Grants will range between $250 and $750 for this cycle of funding, with a total funding of $10,000 available. 

Who Can Apply?


This opportunity is open to all deviants across the globe who are 13 years of age and older with a registered deviantART account.

THE PROCESS


  • On 3 month cycles, deviantART will accept applications from artists seeking to fund art-related projects. Please do not apply for a project scheduled to take place within the next 3 months. Plan ahead!
  • Applications can only be made using the official Creative Grants form.
  • Use of funds should be scheduled to take place within 3 months of receipt of the Creative Grants.
  • If your application is approved, you will be expected to post a Journal and photographs to show off some element of the project that received funding. We want to see the results of your hard work and what we helped support!
  • Until you receive a Grant, you can continue to apply, but a deviant can only make one application in any given three month cycle, and once s/he receives a Grant s/he is ineligible for future Grants for a period of 2 years.

What happens If you receive a Creative Grant?


The lucky few who are chosen to receive Grants will also be given a beautiful accolade on their deviantART Profile Page to celebrate their success.





Remember to check back to hq soon for the announcement of the recipients!





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