Halcyon Arts Lab


Newly launched, the Halcyon Arts Lab is a nine-month fellowship providing support and resources to emerging artists as they work to promote social impact and grow as leaders.

Artists are resourceful, interdisciplinary thinkers who have the capacity to change lives through their creative process. However, the path to leadership and social impact as an artist is uncertain, and often lacking in critical support. Halcyon Arts Lab provides promising individuals the resources and guidance they need to bridge the gap between ambitious ideas and their potential impact.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through an environment of learning, access, collaboration and support.

2017/2018 Fellowship dates: October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Location: The Fillmore School, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Halcyon Arts Lab accepts six national and international fellows and two Washington, DC-resident fellows in each year of the program.

Fellows will receive a range of advantages during the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship:

Each cohort of fellows will have access to individual studios on the campus (400 to 600 square-foot each). Non D.C.-resident fellows will also be eligible for nine months of off-site residential accomodation. That means space and time to think big and create. 

Fellows receive a competitive scholarship to support living expenses and artistic material costs during the fellowship. 

Halcyon Arts Lab provides a curriculum of classes on a broad spectrum of topics, including practical skills like contract negotiation, marketing, and fundraising. Regular workshops and discussions will focus on the wider context of art in the public realm, from urban planning and policy, to design thinking and social justice. The curriculum equips fellows with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as creative problem solvers in variety of contexts.

Mentorship is a core component of Halcyon Arts Lab programming. Fellows will be matched with mentors/advisors who will review project development, offer critique, and provide overall support. In addition, each fellow will mentor individual high school students from around Washington, DC through our partnership with DC Prep, culminating in jointly produced public art projects.


Throughout the fellowship there will be opportunities to exhibit and collaborate with visiting artists, social entrepreneurs, and our program partner organizations in Washington, DC.  

During the year, a range of classes, talks, and studio events will be open to the public at Halcyon Arts Lab. The goal is to create a new space for learning and discourse on creativity and innovation in our time.


For more information, please contact the Halcyon Arts Lab team at arts@halcyonhouse.org