2020- 2021 Sacred Cypher Creatives (SCC) are artists who spend two years deepening their engagement with IMAN’s work at the intersection of culture, social justice and community. Artists apply to the Sacred Cypher Creatives program by proposing a creative engagement for an artist residency and for IMAN’s Artist Retreat.
The 2020-2021 cohort will consist of six Roster Artists who are selected through a rigorous review process to participate in this two-year-long fellowship, which includes a stipend to support their artistic work, an Artist-In-Community Residency at IMAN’s campus in Chicago or Atlanta, and the opportunity to host Roster Artists at Takin’ It to the Streets 2020 and at the IMAN Artist Retreat.
2020-2021Sacred Cypher Creatives willconvene for five in-person gatherings over the two years as well as a series of online opportunities to connect virtually.
2020-2021Sacred Cypher Creatives will receive a stipend of $4500 towards unrestricted funding for their own benefit and development that will be paid on a schedule over the two years, in addition to a $1500 residency fee upon beginning the Artist-In-Community Residency.
2020- 2021 Sacred Cypher Creatives receive:
The opportunity to develop or refine a tailored Artist-In-Community Residency at IMAN in either Atlanta or Chicago including workshops, discussions/panels, and interviews.
The opportunity to host Roster Artists during Takin’ It to the Streets 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Collaboration Opportunities with fellow Cohort Artists.
The opportunity to host and plan the IMAN Artist Retreat, for roughly 50-60 artists from across the country.
Community & Engagement
Five SCC Cohort Gatherings to deepen connections with IMAN and each other.
Monthly Virtual Sessions.
Training in IMAN’s Arts-Centered Community Organizing and Healing model.
Confirmed attendance to the IMAN Artist Retreat.
$4500 Unrestricted funds to support artistic projects and development, which is distributed through payments over the course of the two years.
$1500 Artistic-In-Community Residency.
Travel and accommodations covered by IMAN for all Sacred Cypher Creatives events.
Sacred Cypher Creatives engage IMAN through:
Hosting the Roster Artists for a welcome meal at Takin’ It to the Streets 2020.
Serving on the Hosting Committee for the IMAN Artist Retreat.
Offer a tool, curriculum, or a lasting gift to IMAN in connection with the artist’s residency or in connection to one of IMAN ongoing initiatives.
Monthly Virtual Sessions
Provide feedback and collaborative brainstorming to support the growth and improvement of IMAN’s Arts & Culture initiatives and programs.