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  • Emerging Artist Vibrancy Fellowship

    • 3 January 2023
    • Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center is pleased to announce the application period is now open for the 2023 Emerging Artist Vibrancy Fellowship. Early career Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) creatives in any discipline (visual art, dance, music, theater, creative writing, digital media, etc.) living in the Greater Cincinnati area are invited to apply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:59pm.

    The Vibrancy Fellowship holds space for deep collaboration and mutual mentoring, enriching the practice of both the artist and the organization to produce meaningful outcomes for the community. This five-month residency aims to meet the specific needs of emerging artists in an environment that empowers them to take risks and explore new creative challenges while providing an array of opportunities for artists to share, showcase, and deepen their practice.

    Artists are selected annually who have demonstrated a commitment to community-engaged art and are in the process of growing their practice. Two selected artists will receive $5,000 ($2,500 artist honorarium and $2,500 for project expenses) and scheduled use of KHAC’s studio, equipment, galleries, grounds, and performing arts venue. Additionally, artists will receive the time and attention of contemporary arts and culture workers and community leaders through organized critique sessions, and be supported through 40 hours of creative community engagement. Each fellowship will conclude in a public performance or exhibition.

    Program benefits include:

    • Free shared studio space
    • $2,500 honorarium
    • $2,500 supply budget
    • Studio visits with arts and culture workers
    • Experiential community arts and arts education learning opportunities
    • Artist led feedback sessions
    • Access to KHAC facilities for studio practice and to host community programming
    • An opportunity to show work in a nationally recognized gallery or performance space

    The Vibrancy Fellowship was developed as a result of Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s participation in OF/BY/FOR ALL, a network of arts and cultural organizations across the globe working to become more inclusive and equitable. We believe that in order to be more relevant FOR our diverse community, we must become more representative OF and co-created BY our community.

    The Kennedy Heights Arts Center 2023 Emerging Artist Vibrancy Fellowship is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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