Community is critical. Without it our art and we ourselves fail to reach the true potential available through the strength of a network. There are a multitude of ways for artists to begin building community, from residencies to collaborative work, shared studio time and by simply engaging in the arts scene in around them. Read on for a few upcoming ways that artists might delve into a community of peers and if one of these opportunities suits you, go for it!
American Indian and Alaska Native artists are invited to apply for the 2020 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Mentor Artist Fellowship (MAF). In their own words, “The Mentor Artist Fellowship’s goal is to improve creative development, artistic rigor, and
intergenerational cultural and traditional knowledge perpetuation by fostering the growth of
Native artist mentors and apprentices and empowering them to play an integral role in their communities.” For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is September 30.
Maryland artists are encouraged to apply for a Howard County Arts Resident Artist Studio. There is currently a single studio available measuring around 380 square feet for a monthly fee. Resident studio artists exhibit regularly and participate in a number of open studio events throughout the year. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is September 30.
Millay Colony Residency is currently accepting applications for spring 2020. There is a $40 fee to apply, but this well-known residency has a lot to offer. Beautifully situated on the former estate of Edna St. Vincent Millay, this residency has hosted almost 3,000 artists since 1973. For more information and to apply, visit the website. Deadline is October 1.
Praxis Center is a community focused program where artists can learn how to take the next steps in their careers. We know how important it is for up and coming artists to develop a network that supports their growth and development and we provide the keys to making this a reality. When you join you are instantly connected with a community of peers and experts ready to help you every step of your journey.
Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.
Photo credit: The Millay Colony