Call for Artists: Soulfire 2020

Soulfire is a multimedia art show based on the experiences of adult survivors of child sexual trauma. For the past six years, Soulfire has been taking place in the Lansing Community as a fundraiser for the holistic healing programs of The Firecracker Foundation and a community child sexual abuse awareness project. Since 2013, The Firecracker Foundation has worked with artists who produced self-portrait works or collaborated with survivors to share their stories.

This year we are again looking for 10 artists to partner with survivors to produce pieces based on their individual stories. The artwork will be exhibited from November 2020 through August 2021 to generate dialogue and advocacy for child survivors and the work of The Firecracker Foundation. At the end of the community awareness portion of the project, all art pieces will be auctioned off or sold to raise additional funds for the holistic healing services of The Firecracker Foundation.


Who We Are:

The Firecracker Foundation honors the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma by building a community invested in the healing of their whole being.

We provide children and teens who have survived sexual trauma with holistic healing services that include trauma-sensitive yoga, individual mental health therapy, and advocacy services. These services are provided at no cost for families without medical insurance or an inability to afford the expense of copays. The Firecracker Foundation is committed to approaching our work with a racial equity lens and to having voices in our organization that bring diverse perspectives that represent the community we serve. We strongly encourage and seek involvement from people of color, people with disabilities, bilingual and bicultural individuals, and LGBTQ+ individuals.


What we are looking for from artists:

Selected artists will be paired with survivors while other survivors/artists may choose to participate in Soulfire by producing a work that represents their own personal story. Paired artists will be asked to collaborate with a survivor on a piece of artwork that remains true to the survivor’s experience. We are looking for artists who are excited about working closely with survivors. We are open to all types of art, but please keep in mind we are hoping to travel with the exhibit, so we are looking for pieces that can reasonably fit inside a vehicle. Performance pieces will also be considered. To ensure financial accessibility to our larger community, please aim to create pieces that are valued at $500 or less. We would welcome pieces of art that could be physically interacted with beyond viewing (i.e. touch, sound, interactive). Finally, we are asking that all artists participate in a Soulfire informational meeting and survivor panel to get to know the event and develop awareness of working with survivors.


What we can provide:

We will provide each artist with an introduction to participating survivors and their stories. We will coordinate the gallery or public space where art pieces will be on display. All artists will be required to submit a proposal that may include a budget request for a stipend. If possible, a maximum $250 stipend to cover materials and expenses to produce the piece will be allowed. We acknowledge that we will not be able to accommodate all requests for funding but will work diligently to acquire sponsorships so that we can meet your generosity halfway. All your work will be appropriately credited to you in all promotional materials and social media posts.


Timeline for the project:

  • On March 25th participate in the Soulfire Informational Meeting and Survivor Panel at The Firecracker Foundation from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • By April 1st participating artists and survivors will need to commit.
  • By April 15th the survivors will be connected to their artist.
  • By May 1st artists begin the process of consulting with their survivor on the direction of the piece.
  • This year, every Friday evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., the foundation offices will be available to you to hold meetings with the survivor you’ve been paired with. Advocates will be on-site to provide additional support. You must confirm your attendance a week prior to ensure we hold the space open. Contact Ash Rall at to RSVP.
  • Proposals can be submitted anytime but are due by July 31st. All projects will be approved within 2 weeks of receipt (by no later than August 15th).
  • Completed pieces of art due September 15th in order to be included in 2020’s show.
  • Attend a private reveal for participating survivors and artists on October 2nd at The Firecracker Foundation.
  • The exhibit will open at the Soulfire 2020 Gala event on November 13th, 2020 at the Lansing Public Media Center from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  The exhibit will be shown in galleries throughout the Lansing area through August 2021.

Interested in participating?

Please respond by April 15, 2020. Send us an email with a sample of your work to with the following information:

  •   Name
  •   Email
  •   Phone number
  •   Website (if available)
  •   Share something with us about your connection to The Firecracker Foundation’s work
  •   A sample of your work (photos, links to other websites, etc.)
  • Any social media links to your work so we can promote how amazing you are as an artist


We will be working with Uno Deuce throughout June and July to create video content for use on social media and at Soulfire itself. In the past, we have worked with artists and survivors to discuss the Soulfire process, the impact on both artist and survivor and to get people excited about coming to the event in November. We will contact you to arrange times that Paul can meet with you either here at the Foundation or in your creative space for filming.

We will be actively promoting the event on social media and we would love to promote you as an artist too! We feature each of our artists on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube throughout the months of September, October, and November leading up to Soulfire.  

All of our Soulfire survivors have signed a Model Release, allowing you to use their image or likeness as you create your piece as well as a Soulfire Participant Release which grants The Firecracker Foundation permission to share quotes, images, and stories with the public.  All quotes, images, and stories will be specifically approved by the survivor prior to any public release.

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