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On April 6th, 2015, Curt Oren got a New Hat. On May 20th, 2015, millions of people all over the world knew. By July 1st, 2015, Curt’s New Hat had raised over $1,000 in small donations. These were given to Public Space One, a non profit arts organization in Iowa City, IA, and the Curt Oren Memorial Institute for Comedic Safety was founded in an effort to pay it forward and do what we can to help make the world a more squishy place.

For a crash course on how we got here, follow the links below:

C.O.M.I.C.S has created a $500 non-restrictive use grant awarded every 3 months, meant to give people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to carry out their ideas the means to make them a reality.

The only barriers to anything are time and money. Curt’s New Hat exists as a reminder that barriers only exist because we let them. We are free to use the world as we see fit, and the borders and boundaries that we create can be exploited to make whatever dreams we have a reality.

All we need is time and money.

We can’t tell time what to do but we can award a $500 grant to one lucky person every 3 months. We are here to figure out who that lucky person should be. You are here to tell us one simple thing: Why you?*

To apply, simply go to and follow the instructions. IT’S JUST THAT EASY.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Peace on Earth,
Curt Oren and Public Space One

*C.O.M.I.C.S grant applications must be submitted by March 23rd at 11:59 PM, and are limited to 300 words MAX. Anything you can fit inside the submission box is fair game and links to examples of work are highly encouraged. Physical submissions will not be accepted unless they are simply bribes. Grants will be awarded based on merit, financial need (assessed by the person submitting, honor system!), and nothing else. Grant recipients will be decided by John Éngelbrecht, Director of Public Space One, Katy Meyer, Owner of Trumpet Blossom Cafe, David Dunlap, artist and former Professor at the University of Iowa, Simeon Talley, owner of Guns x Butter Clothing, and Curt Oren, who lives with his parents. The grant will be awarded at a spaghetti dinner on April 1st at 7 P.M, no foolin! See you there!!!!

Rachel Buse