If you’ve known Halcyon for long, you’ve probably heard us talk about the “twin engines” – art and business – that drive the world forward, influencing one another in powerful ways. So if Halcyon’s work with entrepreneurs is focused on solutions to 21st century challenges, our work with artists is focused on bringing new challenges to light, giving voice to them, and exploring the solutions that live in the creative realm.
Launched in 2017 as a residential fellowship program in the mold of the Halcyon Incubator, the Halcyon Arts Lab fellowship supports emerging artists with bold ideas of how art and creativity can be forces for social impact. And while the two programs share some key similarities, the Arts Lab fellowship has evolved as fellows share their needs and interests with our community.
The five-month 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 expand their practices and grow as leaders during their residency, which includes rent-free housing, studio space, a stipend, skill building programming, exhibition opportunities, and access to a network of collectors, curators, and other experts.
By The People
What began in 2018 as a free, city-wide arts and dialogue festival has evolved into a flexible platform for community-based arts programming and initiatives. In two years, the festival drew over 60,000 visits to larger-than-life art installations and events across Washington, D.C. and the broader DMV region, and in 2020 a virtual By The People x Monochrome Collective Art Fair showcased work from 50 working artists from the DMV, offering artist talks and other event programming in addition to an online store.
The Halcyon Arts Lab is located in the historic Fillmore School, a late 19th century building you’d recognize in an instant as an old schoolhouse. The interior has been renovated – former classrooms still make for bright, spacious artist studios and a state of the art dance studio, while ground level spaces have been transformed into maker spaces and a gallery for exhibitions.