Halcyon Arts Lab


At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to hone their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through a supportive environment of space, access, and community. The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort.

2018/2019 fellowship dates: September 10, 2018 - June 28, 2019
Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 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 shared 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 and entrepreneurs 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