Our mission is to build community through the participatory arts, inspiring personal and social transformation by creating cultural events and experiences in a spirit of participation and inclusion.
Among FIGMENT's aims are to take art out of museums and galleries, invite the public to engage with art, break down the walls between performer and spectator. Or, as a July 2012 article in the BBC Travel section says, "While there are a couple of sculptures not meant for climbing, 'no touching' signs are not to be seen. Everything is meant to be played with. If FIGMENT were a country, it would be the happiest in the world – and I would apply for citizenship immediately."
FIGMENT creates free, volunteer-driven participatory art events that bring together the community in a celebration of art and a culture where everything is possible! FIGMENT seeks to broaden the definition of art, break down the wall between artist and spectator, and encourage everyone to participate.
At each event, the public is invited to play with art that temporarily transforms public spaces into wildly creative places that disappear without a trace.
FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.
FIGMENT is open to all art and all artistic mediums—from opera to decorating cookies (and both have been at FIGMENT before). Art can include performance, street theater, costuming, sculpture, inflatable art, dance, performance art, installations, social experiments, mobile art, workshops, games, community building projects, arts & crafts, sound art, bands & DJs, lectures & seminars on themes of participatory art & culture, and anything else you can imagine!
Please do remember that FIGMENT is an event for everyone when deciding on subject matter for your project (while material can be adult-oriented, it should not be child-inappropriate). Also keep in mind that while some forms of art (ex: bands & DJs) are not participatory, we encourage everyone at FIGMENT to figure out a way to make the experience more interactive.
Anyone can submit a project to FIGMENT! Adults, children, professional artists or those looking to create their first piece! Anyone who can bring their project to FIGMENT by their own means and de-install it when the event is over is welcome to submit.
FIGMENT is for everyone—and very kid- and family-friendly. The event is great for kids! Patterson Park is a public place and everything at FIGMENT is appropriate and fun for people of all ages! No precautions necessary... but do bring everything you'd need for a day out! Sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, et cetera.
No. FIGMENT is uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. Selling or advertising goods or services is not permitted. Neither our artists nor our planners and staff are paid: Everything at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the public.
FIGMENT is an entirely free and non-commercial event in which everyone volunteers their time and effort to participate… the organizers, the artists, the participants. Interactions between people are not mediated by commercial transactions of any kind. Everything at FIGMENT is free, and there is no advertising, nothing for sale, and no one insisting that you have to give a donation to participate.