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Request for Proposals: Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019

Do you have an art concept that you would like to bring to life at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala? Please read the Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines before applying.

  • Submittable URL:  http://bit.ly/RFPglowball

  • Submission Deadline:11:59pm on Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Budget:$1,000 (including design, fabrication, installation)

  • Five (5) proposals will be selected

  • Opportunity is open to:Houston-area artists/creatives of all disciplines from emerging to established. Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred. Individuals as well as artist collectives or teams are welcome to apply. All applicants MUST be over the age of 21 and live within a 50-mile radius of Houston.

  • Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to: projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.




Request for Proposals: 

Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019


Fresh Arts is seeking proposals from artists, creatives, or collectives to create five (5) works of art to be showcased at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala held on Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight and during a public pop-up event on Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm. Proposals should incorporate visual elements relating to the “Glow Ball” theme which is open to creative interpretation. Glow theme elements may include, but are not limited to use of neon colors, exploring luminescence and things that glow or involve blacklights, a play on the 80s GLOW wrestling show, etc. Works that create an immersive art experience are preferred. 

 

A total of five (5) proposals will be selected. The selected artists will each receive $1,000 to complete the project, including design, materials, equipment rental, site preparation, and installation.


Artworks/Installations are to be loaded in and installed on Thursday, March 28. Installation must be completed no later than Noon on Friday, March 29 with deinstallation taking place Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5:30-midnight. Please review the project timeline for more details.

 

The deadline for applications to be received is 11:59pm on Monday, February, 11, 2019. All applications must be submitted through the provided Submittable portalhttp://bit.ly/RFPglowball

 Applicants will be notified of their status onFriday, February 15, 2018 by 5pm. Please do not call for results.



About the Glow Ball gala

Fresh Arts is pleased to announce our Annual Gala fundraiser, the Glow Ball on Friday, March 29 from 8pm – 12am at Silver Street Studios. The Glow Ball experience will culminate with a pop-up event the following day on Saturday, March 30 from 11am–5pm. 

 

Houston’s biggest artistic party supports the professional development of our community’s vibrant, passionate creatives, raising key funding needed to continue work in strengthening the Houston arts community by supporting the artists who create it. Thus, Fresh Arts leverages the gala as a platform to showcase a wide range of Houston’s artistic talent through performances, live painters, a silent art auction, and wild costumes.

 

Funds raised from the Glow Ball support Fresh Arts and the development of professional skill-building opportunities for local artist entrepreneurs.  It also supports programming to gain new audiences for rising artists, designers, performers and makers for the benefit of the Houston community.  



View the 2018 gala photos HERE.

 



 

Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines

 

Artist Eligibility

-Open to artists/creatives of all disciplines.

-Artist collectives or creative teams are welcome to apply.

-Artist(s) must live with a 50-mile radius of Houston.

-Artist(s) must be over the age of 21.

-Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred.

-Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to, projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.


Project Guidelines

The selected works will be located indoors at the Silver Street Studios event space which is a 20,000 sq. ft open warehouse with concrete floors, metal sheeting walls, and 26 ft high open beam ceilings. 

Each art installation must encompass a space that is 10’ to 15' wide x 10’ deep with no height restrictions. 

Artists will have access to electrical wall outlets, a scissor lift (signed waiver required to operate), and downlighting will be made available, if needed, to better highlight the artwork/space. All other lighting elements and structures, including design, fabrication, and installation and breakdown are the artist’s responsibility.

Additionally, Fresh Arts will provide:

-Prominent signage with the artist’s name and bio

-Marketing and promotion of the artist’s participation through social media, email blasts, and placement on the Fresh Arts website

-(4) complimentary tickets to the Glow Ball gala (a $400 value)

-A 1-year Fresh Arts Membership (a $65 value)

-$1,000 project stipend (includes design, fabrication, installation and materials) 

 


Criteria for Selection

Proposals that integrate the following elements will be preferred:

-Fits with the Glow Ball theme

-Shows well in both day and night

-Suitable for indoor display

-Soundly and professionally constructed 

-Appropriate for viewing by visitors of all ages

-Works that creative interactive experiences are preferred

-Cross-disciplinary and/or multimedia collaborative efforts are encouraged 


Project Timeline

Applications open                               Monday, January 21

Applications due                                 Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm

Selected Artists notified                     Friday, February 15 by 5pm

Artist Agreement signed                    Wednesday, February 20

50% Payment                                       Friday, February 22

Installation period                               Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29

Balance Payment                               Upon completion of installation

Installations complete                       No later than Noon on Friday, March 29

Event times                                         Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight 

                                                  and Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm

Deinstallation                                      Saturday, March 30, 5:30pm – 11:59pm

 

Artist Responsibilities

-Artists are responsible for both the installation and the deinstallation of their work.


-Additionally, artists are responsible for materials and all elements of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of their installation for the entire duration of the event period. Fresh Arts is not responsible for any damage or losses to an installation during the event.


-Artists must allow Fresh Arts to publish videos or images of the installation process, in addition to advertised photography of people interacting with the installed art through the event period. Promotion of the installed works will be provided by Fresh Arts with appropriate attribution to the artist(s).

 

How to apply

Submit the following information and materials via the Submittable application portal no later than Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm CT 


-Artist/Team info

          -General contact info

          -Names and bios of all participants (250 words or less per bio)

          -Websites, social media links

          -Description of Qualifications + Past Experience

-Detailed Project Description that addresses the following:

          -Overall vision for the project

          -How will you incorporate the Glow theme?

          -Other themes or images presented in your proposed work

-Describe your qualifications for this project

          -Relevant experience with art installations including type, location(s) and length of display

          -Other notable experiences, awards, etc.

-A basic construction or installation plan that includes

          -Method for assembly or construction

          -Dimensions of any structures

          -Electrical or technical specifics

          -Materials and tools used

-Attachments should include:

          -Photos of past work or installations

          -Provide a sketch, photo, or rendering of the proposed art installation. The more visual 

           representations you can provide, the better.

          -Image list with descriptions



About Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts mission is to champion local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.

Our programs help advance the careers of local artists and creative entrepreneurs by complementing their artistic practices through carefully cultivated communities that facilitate shared resources, knowledge, experiences, and audiences. We achieve this through resource sharing, skill building initiatives and through our artist-centered communities’ programs.

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Summit Kickoff + Reception


Join Fresh Arts for an evening kick-off to the first annual Fresh Arts Summit! Featured presentations include a performance by Son Kiss'd Dance Theater, an artist talk with famed Houston artist GONZO247, and a dynamic talk on the state of today's artists. with featured Keynote Speaker Diane Scott.  


This event is FREE and open to the public.


About the Keynote Presenter:


Described by artists she’s worked with as a “goal fairy,” Diane Scott uses the power of artists’ stories and community to take the magic out of the “non-art” part of a successful artist’s practice. Diane creates processes, systems, networks and carefully curated experiences to help collegiate arts faculty employ her tools in their personal artistic practices and then mentor the processes with their students. Founder and designer of the nationally recognized Artist INC artist professional development program, Diane now focuses on bringing her tools into the undergraduate arts arena both as an Associate Professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and through her writing, research, and workshops.


When:
Jul 19, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
5:30PM - 7:00PM, Free

Arts Resource Expo


Arts Resource Expo

Friday, July 19, 2019

12:00-2:00pm


Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards St. - Building entrance #1, Houston, TX 77007


Free and open to the public.



Get in touch with local arts resources! 


Featured organizations and professionals will share their resources in an open networking format. The Arts Resource expo is geared towards artists and other creative entrepreneurs looking to tap into local resources.

 

Powered by Fresh Arts the Arts Resource Expo is hosted in conjunction with the 1st annual Fresh Arts Summit and in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance Disaster Resources Expo & Symposium.

 

Featured organizations:

Glasstire

Fresh Arts

Sawyer Yards

Houston Arts Alliance

Jerry’s Artarama

Higginbotham Insurance

 


Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance is sponsoring the expo and facilitating the following resources:

TX-CERA (Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance) teach artists how to recover their assets after a flood.

Performing Arts Readiness will provide sample documents to help entrepreneurs develop a plan to ensure their safety in case of emergencies large and small.

HAA will provide Hurricane Preparedness Guides specific to artists and arts organizations, as well as the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide.

Galveston Historical Foundation will also be in attendance to share their resources and information.


When:
Jul 19, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
12Pm = 2PM, Free

Nap Church's Southern Naptist Convention

a series of Community Naps

We will be congregating for some community naps at Mystic Lyon on Saturday, July 13 from 5-6pm and 9-10pm and on Sunday, July 14 from 11am-noon and again from 2-3pm.

Pillows and blankets will be available on a first come first served basis. Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorite pillows and blankets. This series of community naps is free to attend.

PARTICIPANTS MAY COME TO ONE OR MULTIPLE SESSIONS.

Schedule of events:
Saturday, July 13, 5pm—Liminal Recognition Nap
Saturday, July 13, 9pm—Storytime Nap with writer, musician and artist Kelly Moore
Sunday, July 14, 11am—Nap for incorporating Pleasure Aesthetics
Sunday, July 14, 2pm—Vibrational Somatics: Healing Gong Nap

These napping and sonic meditations are part of a series of workshops lead by artist Emily Sloan and referred to as Recreational Aesthetics and are funded in part by a Let Creativity Happen Grant from Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.

To learn more:
http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

https://www.fresharts.org/events/nap-church-little-woodrows-4235-bellaire-blvd-houston

http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/07/exercises-for-rebel-nappers.html

http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/08/operation-nap-time-houston-free.html

http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/southern-naptist-convention-where-two.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmEQQQ5GYoM

ABOUT NAPPING AFFECTS PERFORMANCE:
Napping Affects Performance (NAP) is a performance and participation project providing community naps (since 2009) in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Emily Sloan is an artist, curator and educator. Her art practice has led her on many adventures including a faux burning house, Victorian lampshades on City of Houston lamp posts, messages on the ground out of mulch and debris, misting shade clouds made out of lampshades, Mobile Nap Deliveries, funeral wakes for the undead, baptisms out of a pick-up truck, an art gallery in a refrigerator, a neighborhood badminton club, founding the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce and opening Mystic Lyon--an art space in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward.

ABOUT OUR COLLABORATOR:
Kelly Moore is a writer, musician, and artist in Houston, Texas. She teaches writing at the University of Houston and djs for Rice Radio’s Chickenskin show. She is currently using her PhD in Creative Writing to make magnet poetry out of fun botany words like “glabrous” and “spatulate.”

GENERAL INFO:
5007 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020
mysticlyonprojects@gmail.com
713-582-1198
July 13 - 5-6pm and 9-10pm
June14 - 11am-noon and 2-3pm
Free
https://www.facebook.com/mysticlyonhtx

When:
Jul 13, 2019 to Jul 14, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
5pm and 9pm / FREE
Sunday Time & Price:
11am and 2pm / FREE
Location:

Nap Church's Southern Naptist Convention, a series of Community Naps

Contact Name:
Emily Sloan
Contact Phone:
7135821198

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Contact:
Emily Sloan

Telephone: 713-582-1198

Email: mysticlyonprojects@gmail.com


Recreational
Aesthetics: Nap Church's Southern Naptist Convention

a
series of community naps


by
artist Emily Sloan

Saturday,
July 13, 5pm and 9pm and Sunday, July 14, 11am and 2pm

Free to attend



Mystic
Lyon, 5007 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 is pleased to host the Nap Church's Southern Naptist Convention

on Saturday, July 13 from 5-6:00pm and 9-10pm and on Sunday, July 14
from 11am-noon and again from 2-3:00pm. Participants may come to one
or multiple sessions.


Pillows
and blankets will be available on a first come first served basis.
Participants are also welcome to bring their own favorite pillows and
blankets. This series of community naps is free to attend.


The
series features gong-induced vibrational healing, embodiment (somatic
awareness), listening and nappying scores by Emily Sloan some of
which are inspired by artist Salvador Dali and sound composer Pauline
Oliveros.


Schedule
of events:

Saturday,
July 13, 5pm—Liminal Recognition Nap;

Saturday,
July 13, 9pm—Storytime Nap with writer, musician and artist Kelly
Moore;

Sunday,
July 14, 11am—Nap for incorporating Pleasure Aesthetics;

and
Sunday, July 14, 2pm—Vibrational Somatics: Healing Gong Nap.


These
napping and sonic meditations are part of a series of workshops lead
by artist Emily Sloan and referred to as Recreational Aesthetics and
are funded in part by a Let Creativity Happen Grant from Houston Arts
Alliance and the City of Houston.


Learn
more:

http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

https://www.fresharts.org/events/nap-church-little-woodrows-4235-bellaire-blvd-houston


http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/07/exercises-for-rebel-nappers.html


http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/08/operation-nap-time-houston-free.html


http://nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/southern-naptist-convention-where-two.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmEQQQ5GYoM


ABOUT
NAPPING AFFECTS PERFORMANCE:

Napping
Affects Performance (NAP) is a performance and participation project
providing community naps (since 2009) in collaboration with various
performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with
sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or
contexts.


ABOUT
THE ARTIST:

Emily
Sloan is an artist, curator and educator. Her art practice has led
her on many adventures including a faux burning house, Victorian
lampshades on City of Houston lamp posts, messages on the ground out
of mulch and debris, misting shade clouds made out of lampshades,
Mobile Nap Deliveries, funeral wakes for the undead, baptisms out of
a pick-up truck, an art gallery in a refrigerator, a neighborhood
badminton club, founding the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce and
opening Mystic Lyon--an art space in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward.


ABOUT
OUR COLLABORATOR:

Kelly
Moore is a writer, musician, and artist in Houston, Texas. She
teaches writing at the University of Houston and djs for Rice Radio’s
Chickenskin show. She is currently using her PhD in Creative Writing
to make magnet poetry out of fun botany words like “glabrous” and
“spatulate.”

GENERAL
INFO:

5007
Lyons Ave.

Houston,
TX 77020

mysticlyonprojects@gmail.com
713-582-1198
July
13 - 5-6pm and 9-10pm

June14
- 11am-noon and 2-3pm

Free
https://www.facebook.com/mysticlyonhtx


DiverseWorks Project Freeway Fellowship

Support for artists to create new projects in their neighborhoods

DiverseWorks presents the Project Freeway Fellowship Program for artists and creative individuals interested in socially-engaged creative practices. The Project Freeway Fellowship was developed in response to the rapid growth and diversification of the city of Houston and DiverseWorks’ desire to support innovative artists’ projects that engage all Houstonians, especially in neighborhoods outside of the city center. Interested participants must live in the Greater Houston Area and attend all program activities between July 2019 and January 2020.

Throughout this seven-month Fellowship program, Fellows will meet with a diverse roster of artists, activists, and arts professionals to help in the development of artistic strategies that focus on sustaining the arts in the community, advocacy, and social change. This Fellowship supports a practice-based model, with the Fellowship culminating in a site-specific project within each Fellow’s neighborhood.

Two applicants will be selected for this Fellowship. Fellows will each be awarded a $5,000 honorarium with additional support for production and materials. Application deadline is June 24, 2019.

Online application portal https://diverseworks.submittable.com/submit

Download Project Freeway Fellowship Info & Instructions (PDF)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Application opens:              Saturday, June 1st

Application deadline:          Monday, June 24th

Fellows Announced:           Monday, July 1st

Fellowship Dates:               July 2019 – January 2020

Due Date: Jun 24, 2019
Contact Name: M'kina Tapscott
Phone: (713) 223-8346
Fee: 0.00
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Empowering Immigrant Storytellers in Greater Houston: Request for Proposals

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC) is a consortium of legal and social service providers, advocates and funders who work with low-income immigrant families and undocumented individuals. Our organization helps to support our member organizations in the work they do in the Houston region through funding, resource-sharing and organizational support, while also

creating new initiatives that no one organization can do alone. One of the core functions of the Collaborative is to be a source of timely and accurate information about changing immigration laws. Over the past two years, it has become increasingly clear that we also need to be part of the effort to advance a collective and strategic narrative around immigration. Towards that end, we are moving our programs towards greater focus and capacity in the communications sphere, focusing on telling the stories that need to be told in order to shift the public consciousness towards empathy and justice for all immigrants.

 

We are looking for local creatives who are interested in helping to advance an inclusive and proimmigrant narrative about the diversity of immigrant experiences as an Art Producer and/or Coach. Our goals are to highlight stories of bravery and truth; to bring together the Houston community to support its vibrant diverse immigrant population with a sense of hope, dignity and respect; and to be inclusive of the broadest array of immigrant stories, including those that challenge the conventional notion of who is a “deserving” immigrant. To do this, we envision a project that may include one or more of the following components:

 

1. One or more live storytelling events featuring true, personal stories from immigrants and refugees read onstage;

2. Mentoring and coaching for new storytellers who are seeking help in crafting their stories;

3. Other creative ideas about how to tell dignified, challenging, and respectful immigrant stories from an intersectional lens.

 

We are all committed to social justice and are requesting proposals from the right individuals who have experience in producing live art shows and/or building leadership/resiliency skills within diverse communities. We are seeking producers and creatives who have personal experience with either immigration, trauma-informed work, and/or being intersectional.

 

Desired Outcomes:

1. To create a safe, trauma-informed and dynamic forum for residents to build community, compassion, and respect for one another through sharing true, personal stories.

2. To create intimacy in the Houston community by making space for conversations between audiences and storytellers.

3. To uplift immigrants as powerful, brave and complex people.

4. To shine a light on the injustices of the deportation pipeline.

5. To evoke empathy and respect for storytellers’ humanity, agency and decisions.

6. To support efforts to take action around important issues affecting immigration.

7. To provide a critique of the oppressive justice system from the perspective of individuals and

families affected by it directly.

8. To support emerging storytellers and artists who want to advocate for themselves.

9. To create spaces where expertise and wisdom come from many languages and cultures.

10. To directly challenge the “good immigrant/bad immigrant” dichotomy and narrative.

 

Description of the Role of Art Producer/Coach:

 

The Art Producer/Coach will serve as the creative engineer for the project. We are seeking one or more

people with expertise working with folks from different backgrounds especially immigrants with varying legal statuses. She/He/They must have a cultural awareness of how to work with diverse populations to guide their storytelling journey in the most effective and empowering way, one that showcases the storytellers and their journeys. She/He/They must be ready for a variety of people with different needs, therefore may need to make provisions for supporting storytellers with deep trauma. The Art Producer/Coach will oversee the technical and event production side and assist in outreach and marketing.

 

The Art Producer/Coach will:

1. Produce one or more live storytelling events – empowering participants to tell stories that are

true and impactful.

2. Provide leadership and resiliency skills – coaching to empower participants, provide guidance in

storytelling endeavors and foster a sense of confidence that makes them more likely to advocate

publicly. This can potentially take the form of experiential workshops throughout the journey of

preparing for the event or can also be done post-production.

3. Create opportunities for a call to action – working with participants and local groups to take

action or support advocacy efforts that may arise during the journey of the event itself.

 

Ideal criteria for individuals and/or organizations submitting proposals:

1. Have experience working with multicultural folks in a trauma-informed way

2. Have experience in telling stories on sensitive topics

3. Be bilingual

4. Have production/arts background

5. Have good listening skills

6. Be non-judgmental, empathic and have a clear understanding of the many layers of trauma and the issues folks may bring to the table

7. Have experience in creating experiential workshops around leadership building and resiliency skills, which may include the practice of Council– an indigenous practice in listening, reflecting back, holding and creating safe space.

 

We welcome creative interpretations of this Request for Proposals from organizations, individuals, and groups of individuals.

 

Please submit proposals (including timeline, budget, and description) to: kate@houstonimmigration.org by June 30, 2019.

Due Date: Jun 30, 2019
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MECA: Studios for Rent at historic Dow School

MECA has two vacancies at the DOW School; Rooms 118, and 202 are available for rent. For more information, please contact Alice Valdez at (832) 865 - 6157 or alicevaldez4@gmail.com
Due Date: Jun 20, 2019
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Prairie Ronde Artist Residency

The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo. The residency provides access to the 420,000 square foot former Lee Paper Company paper mill and its adjacent 80 acres of property to use as inspiration. Artists are also encouraged to utilize our close ties to members of the village community and the area’s creative community.

 

We’ll provide housing and studio space for one resident at a time, three times a year. We’re offering a stipend of $2,000 for 4 – 7 weeks, a $500 travel grant, and private use of a car. We ask that the artist propose some sort of community “give back” like a workshop, final show or open studio days and that they donate a piece of work to our collection.

 

Apps Due – June 15th

Decisions Completed – July 15th

Session Window – October 1 to December 15th

Application Materials
For the application, we ask that you complete & submit the following materials by the due date for the session you are applying for:

1. Completed Artist Questionnaire

2. Artist C.V.

3. Examples of Previous Work and/or link to website 

4. Two letters of reference

 

Artist Questionnaire

1. Please describe yourself and your artistic practice.

2. How do you think your work might be applied to community ‘give back’? 

3. How would you use this time to work on your artistic practice?

4. What are your preferred dates (between 4 – 7 weeks) in the session you are applying for?

5. How might you use the Mill complex and the adjoining acreage during your time at Prairie Ronde?

Applications should be sent to info.prairieronde@gmail.com and all materials (except images, video files and audio files) should be sent in PDF format.

Due Date: Jun 15, 2019
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The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellowship

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to offer full and partial teaching fellowships for writers to teach at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference.

Created as a showcase for writers whose voices may not otherwise be heard at our conference, fellows are an integral part of our Desert Nights experience. By teaching alongside conference faculty, fellows impact the lives of conference attendees while being nationally recognized as prestigious Desert Nights fellows. Through this program, we seek to expand our sphere of discussion, looking towards a larger engagement of topics and people from all over the world.

Fellowship applications for the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference are now open! Fellowship applications are due June 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified by July 30. 

To learn more about fellowships, you can review the information below or submit a fellowship application. 

You can also meet our fellows, meet our faculty, or learn more about this year's conference.

Fellowships for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference are open to writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience. Individuals should have some sort of history of literary activity—publication, teaching, community involvement, etc—but do not need to be published authors to apply, nor do they need an advanced degree in English, Creative Writing or a related field. At the same time, individuals could also have an extensive history of literary activity—multiple full-length publications, tenured teaching positions in higher education, so on and so forth. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels are encouraged to apply.

Please note: current students in ASU's MFA in Creative Writing Program and any individuals who have been awarded a fellowship for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference within the past year are ineligible to apply. 

Fellowship Applications

Fellowship applications consist of the following elements:

-Contact Information
-Session Proposal

-Session Title
-Session Description

-Statement of Merit
-Professional Biography
-Resume/CV

Please note: individuals may only submit one application for each year of the conference. Multiple submissions will not be accepted.

Session Proposals

Generally speaking, we are interested sessions with the following characteristics:

-Engaging: lively, dynamic sessions with innovative content presented through generative exercises, workshops, readings, discussions, small group work, and other conference formats

-Relevant: engage, explore, and advance current trends, topics, and issues in creative literature, publishing, and contemporary literature

-Interdisciplinary: approach their topics through different genres, styles, art forms, perspectives, or fields

-Inclusive: accurately portray and reflect the diversity of individuals within the larger literary community

As a conference focused on craft and education, we tend to avoid sessions focusing exclusively on literary theory or the business of writing (querying agents, getting published, marketing, etc). That being said, we welcome elements of either incorporated into larger proposals.

 

Individuals who are selected as conference fellows will be offered a full or partial fellowship for conference tuition, and may attend and participate in all regular conference offerings as they see fit.

Beyond presenting their session alongside nationally-recognized authors and conference faculty, fellows are invited to attend any special receptions, socials, or other conference events, and will be included in national promotions and publicity.

Fellows will also be formally honored at the conference with a brief ceremony on Friday evening before the keynote address.

Additional Financial Aid

At this time, no additional assistance for travel, lodging, or other financial assistance for fellows is available. Fellows are responsible for any additional costs incurred through their conference involvement.

This being said, we are happy to connect fellows with local hotels or other resources in Phoenix, Arizona, and can readily supply fellowship award documentation to any institutions or organizations who may be providing financial assistance. We also recommend checking in with your local arts commission or office of arts and culture for additional support. 

Fellowship Reflections

As part of their fellowship, individuals will also be required to complete a short essay reflecting on their Conference experience (250 - 500 words), due no later than April 1.

Due Date: Jun 15, 2019
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