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Springboard for the Arts is now offering a new fellowship for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are working to build tools and pathways of support for other artists. If you are, or know an artist who fits this criteria, continue reading and apply!

INCLUDED BELOW:

  • OVERVIEW
  • PURPOSE
  • ELIGIBILITY
  • REVIEW PROCESS
  • FELLOWSHIP PERIOD
  • TIMELINE
  • HOW TO APPLY

The application for calendar year 2019 is closed. The new application period will open in early 2020.


OVERVIEW

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an unrestricted $15,000 award, plus a $5,000 professional development stipend given individually to three (3) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are creating tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is open to BIPOC and Native artists of all practices, disciplines and career stages residing or working in Minnesota. Recipients of the fellowship are not required to apply award funds towards existing or future work products.

Candidates for the 20/20 Artist Fellowship are identified through an open application process. All eligible applications receive equal consideration through a three-round peer review process (pre-screen, panel review and panel interview). Peer reviewers are selected by Springboard staff and aim to represent the diverse pool of identities, geographies and artistic disciplines reflected in the applicant pool.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is a three year pilot program that will be offered yearly through 2020. This year, the application period is open January through March, awardees are decided in June, and the fellowship period runs until August 2020.


PURPOSE

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an unrestricted $15,000 award plus $5,000 professional development stipend given individually to three (3) BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are developing tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities.

Springboard for the Arts is offering the 20/20 Artist Fellowship recognizing that while Minnesota leads the nation in arts-related funding, racial disparities prevent those dollars from reaching BIPOC and Native artists and artforms. For Minnesota and the region to thrive as a cultural hub, progressive and accelerated solutions to end racial inequities in the arts— led by artists from impacted communities—are imperative. The 20/20 Artist Fellowship aims to recognize BIPOC and Native artists who are developing networks, resources and pathways that dismantle structural racism and aid in systems change within our local creative economy.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an extension of Springboard’s Economic and Community Development work, and will be piloted through the year 2020. During these pilot years Springboard will be refining the 20/20 Artist Fellowship in order to make the program as relevant and effective to BIPOC and Native artists as possible. We warmly accept input from past, present and prospective fellows. Please send suggestions and feedback to: fellowships@springboardforthearts.org


ELIGIBILITY

The intent of the 20/20 Artist Fellowship is to recognize BIPOC and Native artists in Minnesota who are developing tools, pathways and systems of support for artists in their communities. Please read carefully. Applicants who do not meet all of the following criteria and will not be considered and should not apply.

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is open to BIPOC and Native artists of all practices, disciplines and career stages. Recipients of the fellowship are not required to use award funds towards existing or future work products. To be considered for the 20/20 Artist Fellowship an artist must:

1. Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) or Native. We use this term to mean that we seek to serve artists of color who identify as: Black/African/African American, Afro Latino/a/x, Caribbean, Chicano/a/x, Mexican, Central American, South American, Middle Eastern/North African, Southeast Asian/Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Native Alaskan, Immigrants, Refugees, Undocumented, and/or Muslim. We recognize that these descriptions and this language is ever-evolving and will always be inadequate. If this description resonates with you, we invite you to apply.

2. Be 18 years of age or older

3. Be eligible to receive taxable income in Minnesota throughout the current fellowship year

4. Have been living or working in Minnesota for the past two years

5. Be living or working in Minnesota for the majority of the fellowship period

6. Not have received fellowship awards from Springboard in the past

7. Not work as fellowship staff for the 20/20 Artists Fellowship program

8. Not work at or be a board member of Springboard for the Arts

9. Not be an immediate family member of fellowship staff, Springboard staff or board members (independent contractors are eligible to apply)

A final determination of eligibility is made by Springboard on a case by case basis.


REVIEW PROCESS

All eligible applications are reviewed through a three-round peer review process (prescreen, panel review, and panel interview). Peer reviewers are selected by Springboard staff and represent, as best as possible, the diverse pool of identities, geographies, practices and disciplines reflected in the applicant pool. Our peer review process aims to identify visionary and community-driven artists who are working to build resources for artists in their communities. Applicants are considered and advanced through the process based on how arts-based, community-centered, and culture-shifting their interventions are. Peer reviewers remain anonymous during the review process. Springboard staff do not serve on the panel or make decisions regarding the applicants.

Round 1: Prescreen
Peer reviewers will evaluate letters of intent and artist statements then select approximately one-third of the pool to advance to panel review. All applicants will be notified about their status via email.

Round 2: Panel review
Peer reviewers will evaluate resumes/websites, letters of intent and artist statements from the second round of applicants, then make individual selections that will be discussed as a group. Eight (8) finalists will be selected and invited to interview in person with the panel. All applicants will be notified about their status via email. Finalists will be notified via email and phone by late-May (date TBD).

Round 3: Interviews
Eight (8) Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation and schedule in-person interviews during the first two weeks in June (date TBD). Interviews that cannot be conducted in person will be arranged via video conference call. Interviews are scheduled for 45 minutes, including 15 minutes for finalists to ask questions. Finalists who do not receive the fellowship will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their time. The three (3) awardees will be notified by phone shortly thereafter and announced publicly in late June.


FELLOWSHIP PERIOD

AWARDS

20/20 Artist Fellows are not required to apply their awards towards existing or future work product. Fellows are encouraged to direct their $15,000 unrestricted funds towards areas that will have the most impact on their careers and overall quality of life. Beginning the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one award budgeting session with Springboard Artist Resources staff. Fellows will also have the option to schedule their award disbursement(s) in a single payout, or over several payouts during the corresponding tax years. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. In the past, fellows have applied award funds towards:

  • Paying themselves
  • Paying off debt
  • Hiring staff
  • Owning equipment
  • Rent
  • Personal savings/retirement
  • Medical care
  • Childcare
  • Continuing education
  • Traveling
  • General operations
  • Study/reflection
  • Experimentation/exploration
  • Wellness/healing
  • + More    

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In addition to unrestricted award funds, fellows will receive a $5,000 professional development stipend, up to 5 hours free of career consultation with Springboard’s Artist Resources staff, and one year free of Springboard’s artist career workshops and trainings. The stipend, career consultations and trainings must be used during the fellowship period and cannot be carried over after the fellowship ends. Past fellows have used the professional development stipend for (though not limited to):

  • Classes/workshops/trainings (non-Springboard)
  • Out-of-state conferences (flight, lodging, registration, meals, transport)
  • Commuting to auditions/castings/interviews
  • In-person meetings with a mentor or professional expert
  • Publishing/producing work
  • Research
  • Hiring contractors
  • Space rental
  • Website design
  • Equipment
  • Reimbursement for business meetings
  • Promotion/marketing
  • Administrative support
  • Professional headshots
  • Accounting/tax/legal help
  • + more

TIMELINE

  • January 31, 2019 (3:00pm CST): Applications open
  • February 27, 2019 (6pm CST): Info session
  • Wednesdays in March 2019 (6pm CST): Application review sessions i.e. Study Halls 
  • March 31, 2019 (11:59pm CST): Applications close
  • April 1 - June 14, 2019: Peer review period
    • Prescreen: early-late April
    • Panel review: early-late May
    • Panel interview: Mid June
  • June 24, 2019: Awardees announced
  • June 29, 2019 - August, 31 2020: Fellowship period

  • HOW TO APPLY

    The 20/20 Artist Fellowship accepts both written and video applications through an open application process. During the open application period, artists can choose to attend our information session and/or application review sessions to better understand the program and receive feedback on their applications. Questions can also be sent to fellowship officials at: fellowships@springboardforthearts.org
    Applications will be open January 31 through March 31, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is supported in part by contributions from the Bush Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Bush Foundation logo

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