Selection Process and Criteria

  1. Applications will be vetted internally by Halcyon Staff to ensure eligibility and application completeness.
  2. The Selection Committee will review applications and shortlist candidates for the interview stage.
  3. Short-listed candidates will be called for virtual interviews during which committee members can ask questions and learn more about the candidate's practice and proposed project.
  4. Final selection: Following the application and interview phase, the selections committee will select the six national/international and two DC-based fellows. Accepted fellows will be notified of their selection by early-May.

Selection Criteria

Halcyon uses four equally weighted criteria to assess applications to the Halcyon Arts Lab.

  1. Artistic Excellence & Future Potential
    Do the work samples exemplify strong technical ability and understanding of medium?
    Do its artistic qualities help to achieve its intended goal?
  2. Innovation & Stickiness 
    Does the proposed project challenge the status quo by breaking away from established practices?
    Is it unique/disruptive?
    Is it memorable?
  3. Coherence & Feasibility 
    Are the ideas of the work clearly expressed?
    Do the medium and message relate in a meaningful way?
    Does the work demonstrate resourceful and sustainable processes?
  4. Impact & Integrity
    Does the artist articulate a clear process for measuring impact of the work?
    How does the work demonstrate a meaningful relationship with community?
    Is the commitment to civic engagement, social justice, and/or community clear and compelling?