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How should proposals to River Futures be submitted?

River Futures proposals are due by midnight Monday November 25, 2013.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email addressed with “River Futures Contest” in the subject line and sent to River Life at  Preferred attachment format is Word doc or pdf.

What is the geographic range of the project area?  Could I work on a place that’s an hour away from Minneapolis?

Yes, that’s fine.  It would be best if it’s in the Mississippi National River and Recreation area. See park map at the NPS web site.

Can a group or a team work on one project together, or does it have to be an individual?

Yes, it’s fine for a group or a team to work on a project together.

Can one person or team propose more than one project?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of projects you can propose, but it is unlikely that we would award more than one project to the student or team.

Could a person or team make a sculpture?

Yes.  Make sure that you describe the anticipated scale of the piece in your proposal, and keep the scale reasonable for display in the gallery spaces available.

The proposal requirements call for statements. What do you mean by a “statement”?

Be clear and concise. A good rule of thumb is to keep statements between 250 and 500 words.

It sounds like you’re only looking for artwork, or research reports.  Are those the only options?

No, those are not the only options.  Use your imagination!  All projects are welcome, from art to science, writing to perfomance, video to sculpture, and beyond.

How much detail do you require for the proposal?

We require enough detail in order to assess it according to the stated criteria in the proposal directions; Creativity, Clarity, Feasability.

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