This could be the most creative college scholarship idea ever, one that awards students for creativity, innovation — and the willingness to risk failure.
Created by the Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver and offered for the first time this year, the Failure Fair Scholarship is designed as an annual scholarship award open to all graduating, college-bound, Colorado high-school seniors. Explains the MCA:
WHAT DOES FAILURE MEAN TO US?
We are looking for projects that incorporate creative risk-taking. MCA Denver recognizes that artists put forth something new in the world without knowing if what they create will be embraced or ridiculed; in short, risking failure. MCA Denver created the Failure Fair to encourage this artistic spirit among young people. We encourage submissions of projects that demonstrate the courage to go against the grain of the everyday – to be risk being ridiculous, impossible, fantastical, or merely impractical. We are looking for students who have found the freedom to create something new in the world. For example, designing an elaborate stage set for an imaginary theatre production would be an example of a project that embodies creativity without attempting to be purposeful. Or designing an outfit made from trash that the creator wore to his/her prom shows a willingness to risk ridicule. Or creating a Kickstarter campaign to purchase the land surrounding Denver to reserve it for wildlife conservation embraces a fantastical idea.
But you'll need to get creative fast: The deadline for proposals is Sunday, March 20.
If you become one of the twelve finalists — they'll be announced April 1, no joke — you'll present your project to a panel of judges and a public audience during the annual Failure Fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Failure Fair at MCA Denver. First prize is a $10,000 scholarship; second a $5,000 scholarship; third a $2,500 scholarship — and up to five additional winners will be granted one-time awards of $500 each.
Sound too good to be true? It isn't. Find all the details here....fast. You can't fail if you don't try.
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