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The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase hosted by Gay City and Velocity Dance Center offers emerging, performance-based artists production and artistic mentorship and support alongside business and sustainability training. 

Deadline: November 30, 2021 | 11:59 PM

The Emerge Arts Cohort and Showcase is a film creation program for BIPOC LGBTQ+ performing artists that offers production support, artistic mentorship, and business and sustainability training. Five artists are selected through an open application process by a curating council of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ established artists in Seattle. Selected artists will receive mentorship and support to create a film translation of their live work, and a platform to share their work in a fully-produced, in-person showcase at Northwest Film Forum.

Along the way the curating council will act as mentors to the participating artists, supporting them through a series of artistic workshops designed by and for BIPOC LGBTQ+ artists. The workshops will address systems that prevent art from being created and accessed socially, economically, and mentally. In addition to this artistic mentorship, artists will receive support navigating barriers to social determinants of health from trained resource specialists

Each selected artist will be paid a stipend to participate in the program, the goal of which is to holistically aid aspiring artists through educational and financial means, while providing access to tools and resources to help them best succeed.

Selected artists must be available for all of the following important dates:
  • Saturdays, February 5 – March 5 | 12 – 2 PM | Art + Sustainability Workshops @ Gay City
  • March 6 – 13 | times tbd | Film Production @ various locations of artist’s choice
  • May 27 + 28 | times tbd | In-person Performance Showcase Screening (COVID-dependant) @ Northwest Film Forum
Selected artists will receive:
  • Program stipend of $1,200 
  • 5 hrs of artist-centered workshops with curating council at Gay City
  • 5 hrs of workshops focused on healthcare access, education, social cohesion, economic stability, neighborhood + built environment at Gay City
  • Support to create a film translation of your live art
    • 5-6 hours of shooting time on location including lighting and camera equipment and technical staff
    • Training and access to computers and editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro) from March – May 2022 at Northwest Film Forum
    • Training of producing a film
  • Individual mentorship and production support from Amy Piñon and Velocity and Gay City’s curating council and staff members
  • One fully produced in-person showcase of your filmed work (COVID-dependant) at Northwest Film Forum
About the Application + Panel Process

This application will close on November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm, and we are not able to accept late applications. All applicants will be notified by December 5, 2021. 

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about your application, please contact Symone Sanz, Velocity’s Emerge Program Coordinator: communications@velocitydancecenter.org

All received applications will be reviewed through a panel process. The panel will be comprised of Emerge Curatorial Councilmembers Fox Whitney, David Rue, Dakota Alcantara-Camacho, dani tirrell, and Saira Barbaric. Panelists will review each application and score proposals using the below criteria, with scores from strongly meets criteria – somewhat meets criteria – does not meet criteria. 

The highest scoring applications will be advanced to a discussion stage, where the panel will curate five projects to select for this year’s cohort. The Emerge Curatorial Council may be available to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications upon request.

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