The first two years of the IAA residency program will be invitational. The board members and the residency committee will compile a list of candidates for review before extending invitations. Up to fourteen artists will be selected for the commencement years from June 2019 to June 2021. The two-year invitational will give the IAA time to strengthen and solidify organizational structures and policies to establish the open application-based program. July 2021 to July 2022 residents will be chosen through the application process. The residency committee will review and make recommendations to be approved by the board.
The application window will be from Oct. 1 – Dec. 15, 2020 with announcements for July 2021 to July 2022 announced in Feb. 2021.
Creativity Does Not Happen In A Vacuum
Artist Residency Program:
IAA Residency is open to a panoply of creative production. The IAA space is an arts incubator with generous workspace and modern facilities enabling the creative work of visual artists, choreographers, music composition and creative writing. The resident will have 24-hour access to a flexible private 3000 square feet studio space in the new 4,000 square ft. facility. The residency also aims to create an occasion for invited artists to connect with the broader artistic community engaging in a robust and dynamic experience through creative production and intellectual engagement.
We build global connections by bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds to engage in their creative process. Our goal is to assist and promote artists who are serious about art making. Moving from the impulse that creativity does not happen in a vacuum, we recognize the significance of the act of mentoring for the preservation of cultural production and the affirmation of creative stimulation. Art making is a communal act. For that reason, each artist will be linked to a New England based mentee for a portion of their time spent at Indigo.
Ways to get Involved
Special Events Volunteer:
A few times a year Indigo Arts Alliance produces flagship events such as Black, Brown + Indigo, an African Diaspora Film Festival, and the Welcome Table: Art, Resistance, and Resilience, a full day of public engagement activities ranging from symposiums, artist talks, workshops, and performances. These events are large in scope and require all of our effort to pull off successfully. These events only succeed because we rely on a large crew of volunteers to handle many aspects of the day. Tasks are often specialized but include coordinating, set up decor, helping with workshops, etc.. These events are a lot of fun to participate in but require focus and attention to detail. We need knowledgeable, outgoing, sociable folks to represent us and help draw in sponsors and generally get the word out.
Community Outreach Partnerships:
We are heavily engaged with our arts community and cultural institutions in Maine. A core principal of our mission is to serve as a pipeline for artists to gain exposure through our partnerships with The Maine College of Art, The Portland Museum of Art, The Immigrant Welcome Welcome Center, SPACE and more. Additionally, we participate with youth organizations offering art workshops that we bring to area schools and centers.
Office Assistance and Marketing Opportunities:
These positions are typically internships for college students. They help support our Managing Director and Board of Advisors. We can always use help on the administrative end. This calls for someone with computer skills. Help with research, collecting press clippings, sending out press materials, social media postings. Basic graphic design skills are helpful.
How To Apply:
Send us an email by clicking the link below to inquire about any of the opportunities mentioned above. If you know which role you are interested in, please designate that in your email and also send over any relevant materials (i.e. resume, portfolio, website, etc.). Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!