Inside/Outside Fellowship Program
Fellowship Period: January 4–November 30, 2019
Applications for 2019 Fellowships are now closed. THANK YOU to all who’ve applied!! The jury process has begun and artists will be notified this fall.
The Inside/Outside Fellowship Program and overarching mission center on building relationships between artists and communities through creative expression. Where in traditional residencies artists often work on their own in seclusion, The Union encourages artists of all disciplines to be active participants in the civic life of North Omaha while recognizing the potential of art and artists to spark social change. The Inside/Outside Fellowship is an opportunity for deep immersion in both studio practice and community engagement: Fellows explore materials and ideas to advance their creative careers and participate in activities to connect with neighbors and contribute positively to this place we call home.
The Inside/Outside Fellowship serves as an introductory training ground for community-engaged art, an evolving field of practice that we define as artistic activity in community settings that involves neighbors or neighborhood groups in collaborative creative processes. The Fellowship curriculum consists of a series of experiences, including monthly dinner workshops where Fellows break bread with and learn from visiting artists and arts leaders. Typically held on the second Wednesday or Thursday of each month, the workshops provide Fellows with avenues for thinking critically about how community can nourish creative practice and how neighborhood contexts inform an artist’s work inside traditional gallery settings or outside in public space. All Fellows are required to complete 60 hours of community service over the course of the program, getting out of their studios to build relationships, gain understanding of the challenges and celebrations of our community partners and the people they serve, and give back to the community. Twice quarterly critique sessions, one-on-one studio visits, open studio events, and a final project are designed to further support Fellows’ creative growth. Overall, the program aspires to ready artists to create imaginative, thoughtful, and responsible work in, for, and with communities.
In the winter and spring, Fellows generally focus on the creation of new work, get to know their cohort, and begin their community service. In the summer, Fellows take a field trip to explore community-engaged art in the region, seeing and hearing about a variety of projects. In the fall, each Fellow presents a final project, either new work for a group exhibition or a public program such as a performance or workshop series. At the end of the program, Fellows wishing to lead a significant community-engaged art project are invited to submit a formal proposal to The Union. One proposal will be selected for implementation in 2020, receiving a generous stipend and staff support.
We accept applications from artists and artist duos working in any creative discipline and at any career level. A jury will select five Fellows from the open call applications. Four spaces in the Inside/Outside Fellowship program are reserved for artists living in the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area. The one remaining space is available to a fifth locally-based applicant or an artist currently living outside of Omaha who is willing to relocate for this opportunity. National artists participate by invitation only.
All Fellows receive:
An $1,800 stipend
A private studio
Free access to The Co-Op studios and workshops (materials not included), technical assistance
Professional development opportunities.