Fellowship.art helps visual artists achieve greater success by providing the support and mentorship needed to navigate the industry.
Fellowship.art provides $15,000 budget grants to four artists who will participate in a 12-week accelerator program run by gener8tor. The inaugural program begins in October 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 12-week program includes coaching, mentoring and networking with visual art leaders from Milwaukee and across the country. It ends with a showcase for the artists to present their work to industry professionals, supporters and community members.
Unlike other accelerator programs, Fellowship.art is completely free. Each selected artist will receive a $15,000 grant with no ask of equity, royalties or residuals. Fellowship.art programming is customized to best support each artist, and reduce interference with studio time and existing personal and professional commitments.
The program is split into three sections:
Artists work with mentors and Fellowship.art program staff to customize a 12-week experience, designing a strategy to activate a seminal project that will advance their practice and professional brand. While the activity does not need to be completed within the 12-weeks, the Fellowship period should lay a firm foundation for project realization financially and conceptually.
Artists take part in the Mentor Swarm to identify partners (local, national and international) to consult on the above.
Artists determine which part(s) of their studio practice or business would benefit from intensive focus over 12-weeks. Examples include:
Experimentation or exploration of new studio technique with the help of mentors and professional peers;
Redesign or revamp of portfolio, marketing collateral, CV, artist statement or studio visit “pitch”;
New or improved market strategy via new commercial collaborations, gallery representation, or alternative programming.
Artists individually select one or more cities to establish deeper industry connections and diversify their audience or customer base. Earmarking grant money, artists should expect to conduct at least one trip during the Fellowship.art period.
Exchange activities can include a series of informational interviews and meetings with commercial and academic professionals in another city, engagement in thought leadership, participation in a festival, additional residency or fellowship participation, exhibition engagements and more.
Artists work with mentors and staff to coordinate a series of 12+ high-yield studio visits or critiques in the final phase of the program, putting into practice the new themes and strategies devised in the preceding weeks. These studio visits can be attended by new mentors, collectors and industry professionals.
Artists have a strategy for 12-24 months to complete seminal project, if not yet completed.
Artists showcase work at an end-of-program celebration.
gener8tor is a turnkey platform for the creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, investors, universities and corporations. The gener8tor platform includes pre-accelerators, accelerators, corporate programming, conferences and fellowships focused on entrepreneurs, artists and musicians.
gener8tor is a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator in the U.S. as ranked by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project.
gener8tor also runs Backline, a 12-week accelerator program for musicians.