The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration. The fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects that promote meaningful social impact, and for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art.

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

Our application for the 2017/2018 Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is now live! 

Application deadline: May 4, 2017
Fellowship dates: October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.

Why Apply? 

Fellows accepted into the program will have access to the following: 

  • A dedicated studio to concentrate on independent learning and creative practice.  
  • $18k financial scholarship to support living and material costs
  • Nine months of offsite residential accommodation (eligible for non-DC residents only)
  • A curriculum of classes that provides skills training in negotiating, marketing, and fundraising
  • Mentorship and critique from experienced arts professionals.
  • Workshops and lectures with a broad content of art topics in the public realm, from urban planning and policy, to design thinking and social justice.
  • Mentorship with DC high school students to provide guidance, instruction and inspiration to the next generation
  • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs and our program partner organizations in Washington, DC.  

Commitment to Local Artists 

Halcyon is committed to the vibrant community of artists living in Washington, DC and understands the tangible value in supporting those local artists whose socially-engaged projects may require on-going relationships with the communities they seek to impact beyond the nine-month residency. For that reason, Halcyon has chosen to allocate two of the eight fellowships to DC-resident artists.

Applying to the Halcyon Arts Lab 

Applications to the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship are equally weighted between an artist’s statement and submissions of previous work (50%) and a project statement (50%). Halcyon accepts artists with ambitious projects at early stages of their development, where time, space, and resources can be most beneficial to create impactful work. The fellowship program is based in Washington, DC at the Halcyon Arts Lab campus, but a fellow’s project work can focus regionally, nationally, or internationally.  

Sounds like the perfect fit? We'd love to hear from you! Sign up for a user account and complete our online application. 

Make sure you check out our eligibility requirements and definitions, and selection process and criteria information before starting your application.

For questions about the application process please contact the Halcyon arts team at