Sacred Cypher Creatives are artists who spend a year deepening their engagement with IMAN’s work at the intersection of culture, social justice and community. Artists propose a creative engagement project for collaboration with IMAN Arts & Culture and at least one additional department at IMAN: Organizing & Advocacy, Green ReEntry or The Health Center. Each year 5 Roster Artists are selected via application to receive an Artist-In-Community Residency at IMAN’s campus in Chicago or Atlanta and a stipend to support their artistic work during the year. Sacred Cypher Creatives convene for three in-person gatherings as well as a series of online opportunities to connect virtually between gatherings including attendance to the IMAN Artist Retreat.
Sacred Cypher Creatives receive:
An Artist-In-Community Residency at IMAN in either Chicago or Atlanta to present work supported and/or developed during the course of the program.
Collaboration Opportunities with fellow Cohort Artists.
Community & Engagement
Three 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.
$2500 Unrestricted funds to support artistic projects and development.
$1500 Artistic-In-Community Residency.
Travel and accommodations covered by IMAN for all Sacred Cypher Creatives events.
Sacred Cypher Creatives engage IMAN through:
Serving on the Planning Committee for the IMAN Artist Retreat.
Complete a community engagement project in connection with 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.