4th Annual MOZAIK Philanthropy Future Art Awards: The Digital Awakening is an arts-based exploration and interrogation of meta-futures. As humans begin to move away from the physical world towards virtual and augmented realities, the art world finds itself at the center of a global movement where immersive environments, online avatars and the advent of a digital blockchain-based future will inevitably have an impact. profound impact on art, culture, politics, activism and the economy.
The Digital Awakening is an open call for American artists of all backgrounds and creative expressions who want to use their art to reimagine what a high-tech, highly connected – yet still deeply human – future metaverse might look like. Artists are witnessing the impact and demand for NFTs, and many want to get involved despite concerns about the standards of inclusivity, representation and sustainability of this new space.
“As a granting institution committed to democratizing philanthropy, we are honored to continue supporting the creative economy at a time in American history when the power of art, imagination, and freedom expression is more important than ever. We are especially excited to welcome NFT artists to this year’s Future Art Awards, recognizing that artists will have a profound impact on shaping important ideas, values and themes in the crypto-art space, propelling the trajectory future of the NFT arts ecosystem,” said Keely Badger, Executive Director of MOZAIK Philanthropy.
Since the launch of the Future Art Awards at the start of the pandemic, MOZAIK Philanthropy has awarded more than 200 American artists with artist support grants and virtual exhibition opportunities, including photographers, painters, sculptors , street artists, muralists, mixed media artists, visual artists, multi and interdisciplinary artists, illustrators, animators, 3D artists, cartoonists, technologists, short filmmakers, poets, art writers, composers, weavers, dancers and creative performers.
The Future Art Awards 2022: The Digital Awakening recognizes outstanding contemporary artworks, individual NFTs as well as NFT collections for creative excellence in the following categories: originality, personality, quality of composition, creativity, skills, concepts of activism, justice or representation, overall emotional impression and adherence to the theme of the awards: Digital Awakening.
All US-based artists practicing in any art form are welcome, including those working with NFTs. Judging will be through a blind review process. Winners will receive between $2,500 and $5,000 and will be featured in a curated virtual exhibit, open to the public free of charge in fall 2022.
The deadline to apply for The Digital Awakening is July 8; the application is free to submit.
For more information and to apply, visit mozaikphilanthropy.org/faa.