According to the website, Leap Year will:
provide three emerging artists with timely monetary and interpersonal support, it will also help them understand how to move forward as creative individuals. Participants will be paired with two different mentors, receive free memberships to many arts related organizations in the Atlanta area, and will be able to participate in a series of workshops and discussion groups specifically tailored to their medium, background and needs. They will also receive a small stipend to be used for supplies, free studio space and opportunities for community service and public art installations. At the end of the program, the three artists will have a group exhibition to showcase their new body of work.
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal for Atlanta up-and-comers.
MINT created Leap Year in collaboration with community arts center WonderRoot, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, North Georgia artist residency the Hambidge Center, Bang! Arts Management and Promotion, and arts service org C4.
"Leap Year grew out of several community gatherings that were organized to bring together various arts organizations and individuals in Atlanta," says MINT's Erica Jamison. "From these meetings and other discussions, we realized that in order for Atlanta to grow as a creative, sustainable city, we needed to support not only our established artists, but emerging artists as well. To date, there haven't been any other comprehensive programs in Atlanta — that we're aware of — that are geared specifically to emerging artists."
"The creative energy in Atlanta is amazing. Though it can be rather daunting for emerging artists to understand how to find their place and make their name in Atlanta. We imagine Leap Year as a way for emerging artists to dive head first into this community with a life jacket on!" says collaborator Stephanie Dowda.
"We believe Atlanta needs to support artists of all levels not only to improve their individual lives, but to generate a supportive and hospitable environment for creative output. We're hoping that in supporting these artists, we will increase overall interest and support in the city," says Jamison.
Applications, available here, are due FRI., JULY 8, 5 P.M. Additional requirements for applicants listed below the jump.
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