WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Halcyon, a Washington, DC-based non-profit devoted to the power of creativity, today announced the application opening for the first cohort of fellows for the Halcyon Arts Lab. The nine-month fellowship is designed to support emerging artists with bold ideas of how art and creativity can be forces for social impact. The application is now open for artists of any discipline – visual, performing, interdisciplinary, culinary etc.
"Halcyon seeks and celebrates creativity in all forms, galvanizing creative individuals aspiring to promote social good," said Kate Goodall, CEO of Halcyon. "The Halcyon Arts Lab fellowship will utilize our proven methodology for supporting courageous individuals with big ideas that we've honed through the nearly-three year-old Halcyon Incubator, to help innovative artists realize their creative ambitions."
The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. The fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects that promote meaningful social impact, and for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art.
Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national or international fellows and two fellows from Washington, DC.
The application is open now, with a May 4 deadline. The fellowship dates are October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Eligibility requirements and definitions, as well as an explanation of the selection process and criteria, can be found on the Halcyon Arts Lab website.
Each artist will receive a dedicated studio (400-600 square-feet each). Fellows receive a competitive scholarship (up to $18,000) to support living expenses and project material costs during the fellowship. Non DC-resident fellows will also be eligible for nine months of free off-site residential accommodation.
Mentorship is a core component of Halcyon Arts Lab programming. In addition to working towards their own projects, fellows will mentor high school students from around Washington, DC, through a partnership with DC Prep. Fellows will also be matched with mentors to provide advice and support to them on their individual projects and future plans.
Halcyon Arts Lab also will provide fellows with a curriculum of classes on a broad spectrum of topics covering practical skills like contract negotiation, marketing, and fundraising. Regular workshops and discussions will focus on the wider context of art in the public realm, from urban planning and policy, to design thinking and social justice. The curriculum will help equip fellows with the resources they need to engage their skills as creative problem solvers in a range of different contexts.
Halcyon Arts Lab has partnered with many leading international artists and arts administrators to help deliver the ambitious vision of Halcyon Arts Lab (bios and photos at halcyonhouse.org/arts-lab/committee):
José Andrés, Chef and Owner, ThinkFoodGroup
Patricia Cronin, Painting, Sculpture and Installation
Deborah Kass, Multidisciplinary Artist
Astrid Krogh, Textile Artist
Jason Moran, Jazz Pianist and Composer
Pedro Reyes, Artist and Activist
Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO, Washington Performing Arts
Melissa Chiu, Director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Faya Causey, Head of Academic Programs, National Gallery of Art
David Levy, President Emeritus, Sotheby's Institute of Art & President, Education Group of Cambridge Information Group
Alberto Fierro Garza, Executive Director, Mexican Cultural Institute
Ken Grossinger, Chair of the CrossCurrents Foundation
Lisa Hoffman, Executive Director, Alliance of Artist Communities
Dorothy Kosinski, Director, The Phillips Collection
Irfana Jetha Noorani, Deputy Director, 11th Street Bridge Park
Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Center
Mario Roserro, Senior Vice President, Education at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Shore, Curator and Art Advisor
Molly Smith, Director, Arena Stage
At the same time, the application is also live for Halcyon Incubator's Cohort 7 Fellowship. The Halcyon Incubator, one of the nation's premier incubators, equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, and change the world.
For more information about Halcyon and its programs, please visit halcyonhouse.org and follow Halcyon Arts Lab on social media channels: Facebook, and Twitter.
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