3 weeks
Paid by host 

Technology and materials, internet access, a disco ball.

Paid by artist 

$15/day for food and living, and travel/transportation costs

Application guidelines 

Fill out the Summer Participant Application Form¬†(.doc) with your availability and anticipated length of stay. Email the form to [email protected] with "Summer Participant Applicant" in subject line.



rolling deadline: people can apply right up to the last week of the session (mid

Tiny Circus

Tiny Circus


Tiny Circus is a community-based collaborative art project that uses stop-motion animation to make and tell stories. Their animations are simple and accessible, as they have been created with a broad audience in mind. The short films they create are projected in public spaces from a vintage airstream trailer, a rolling magic lantern. They hope to to inspire audiences to reconsider the ways that we use assumptions, beliefs and storytelling to order our world.

The 2013 Summer Session will run from July 1- July 21 in Grinnell, Iowa. They are looking for both short and long term participants (though the best visits are a week or longer) with varied skills and an interest in collaborative community art creation. No specific experience is necessary. There will be anywhere from 4-20 people in residence at any one time. Projects may be long or short and will take the recent interview-based animations as a point of departure (check out Tiny Circus Creativity on Youtube). Come prepared to think-out-loud, negotiate, collaborate, build, work, and play.

Accommodation Information 

Tiny Circus operates on a low budget--a $15-a-day contribution from each participant covers all food and living expenses. Meals are hearty and healthy and serve both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Circus life is communal -- your role as a participant will involve some cooking and cleaning for meals. There is a rotating cast of participants and the house will be more and less crowded at different points in the summer. Please note you will probably not have private sleeping spaces, but they will make every effort to make sure you are comfortable given their limitations.

Studio Information 

Tiny Circus provides the space, materials, and technology--cameras, computers, audio recording devices, editing software. You bring anything you think may be useful (musical instruments, more materials, snacks!).

Technical Information 

Tiny Circus House is a big (3000 square feet) "prairie colonial" house right next to downtown Grinnell. It has eight bedrooms, two baths, and large common rooms for collaboration.


Grinnell is a small, idyllic college town an hour west of Iowa City. It is safe, easy to bike around, has a great coffee shop, a locally owned grocery store, and a supportive local community. There are parks for hiking, a 20 mile bike path, a brand new swimming pool and a lake for swimming.

1007 East St.
Grinell, IA
United States
+1 774-487-7002

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