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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Leap Year wants to help jump start emerging artists' careers

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Ever wonder what it'd feel like to win the lottery? If you're an emerging Atlanta artist, being awarded one of three spots in the expansive new mentorship program Leap Year, spearheaded by MINT Gallery, probably feels pretty close.

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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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bill Cosby wants you to know about the new MINT Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Since Cosby = unbridled heaps of truth at all times, it seems the new MINT Gallery space will be super rad.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

When in Roem...

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 12:52 PM

... do as gloATL does. Roem, the latest dance/performance art installment from Lauri Stallings' buzzworthy crew, takes over Woodruff Art Center's Sifly Piazza July 23-24, a year to the date of the group's inaugural performance of rapt in the same location. Since then, gloATL's performances have punctured the public sphere at, among other places, Le Flash in Castleberry Hill last year, and Bloom at Lenox Mall last February.

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