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Halcyon Arts Lab

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Halcyon Arts Lab


At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through a supportive environment of space, access, and community. The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort.

Who should apply?

Emerging artists who are interested in further developing a socially-engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC.

Halcyon defines emerging artist as early career artist how as demonstrated promising artistic development and demonstrates dedication to their practices but is at a pivotal point in their career where they could benefit from further training and mentorship.

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows should be:

• Self-directed and able to work independently but will benefit from the program elements including, workshops, mentorship and training to further develop their careers.

• Hold a desire to create, grow as leaders and expand their practices.

• Interest in group collaboration including critiques and developing programming with their fellow artist in residence and community members.

• Interested in being a part of and contributing to the wider Halcyon community to including fostering relationships with fellow entrepreneurs in residence in our sister program, Halcyon incubator.

• Interested in expanding the social impact of their projects and creating work that demonstrates critical inquiry into social issues, and actively engages groups and communities, placing collaborative project outcomes at the heart of the creative process.

Eligibility & Program Requirements:

In addition to meeting Halcyon’s definition of socially engaged and emerging artist, all applicants must:

• Be a full time artist

• Be a US citizen, or resident with the legal status to study or work in the US

• Must be 21 years of age or over and not enrolled in alternate full-time education at the start of the fellowship.

• Must complete the application form online by 5pm EST, April 4, 2019

• Must be an individual applicant.

Program requirements

Fellows must:

• Attend mandatory Orientation and Kick-off event

• Participate in By the People Festival

• Participate in civic engagement and volunteer events set up by the Halcyon.

• Commit to using on-site facilities and studios for a minimum of 25 hours a week

• Commit to 5 hours of weekly programing, skill series and events.

• Must engage in the youth mentorship program no less than 1 hour a week

• Have a collaborative nature, sense of humor and a willingness to work and learn in a condensed creative environment.

Travel & Restrictions

Artist must commit to the full length of the residency with no more the 4 weeks of nonconsecutive travel.

Artist must not participate in simultaneous residencies during the Halcyon Fellowship or have full time employment outside the residency.

When is the deadline?

Applications are due by 5PM EST on April 4, 2019. No exceptions or extensions. Apply before the deadline to avoid technical difficulties.

What is included?

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows have access to the following:

• Dedicated studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice

• A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs

• Nine months of off-site residential accommodation (eligible for non-D.C. residents only)

• A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques

• Opportunities for mentorship and critique from experienced art professionals

• Opportunity to mentor DC high school students to provide guidance and inspiration in developing the next generation of socially-engaged artists

• Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs and our program partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

• Opportunity to participate and present at By the People Festival.

Commitment to Local Artists

Halcyon is committed to the vibrant community of artists living in Washington, DC. We see tangible value in supporting artists whose projects may require ongoing community relationships that last beyond the nine-month residency. For that reason, Halcyon has chosen to allocate two of the eight fellowships to DC-resident artists.

Applying to the Halcyon Arts Lab

Applications to the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship are evaluated on areas of artistic excellence, impact, and future potential. Halcyon accepts creatives with bold ideas at their early stages of development, where time, space, and resources can be most beneficial to create impactful work. The fellowship program is based in Washington, DC at Halcyon Arts Lab, but a fellow’s work can focus regionally, nationally, or internationally. Make sure you check out our eligibility requirements and definitions, and selection process and criteria information.