New Orleans, LA, November 30, 2022 — Artspace Projects, America’s leading developer for the arts, announced the opening of their application to join Artspace Immersion: New Orleans, a year-long capacity-building program that celebrates and supports organizations as they build impactful creative spaces. Designed for groups in the planning stages of a space-related initiative, the program brings together the guidance, tools, and networks that advance small and large-scale projects. Funding for this cohort is made possible by the generous support of the Mellon Foundation.
“New Orleans is more than a place, it's a portal of important history and unique, unapologetic culture. Being a native of Arkansas, NOLA is a place I frequented as a child with my family to visit relatives, and I couldn't be happier that our work with Artspace Immersion to support the creative community is calling us there. This upcoming cohort will be a homecoming for my soul."
—Crystal C. Mercer, Program Manager, Artspace Immersion
“Artspace gave us the tools to empower ourselves to dream bigger and plan better for our company’s future. Each month we were connected with incredibly insightful and generous professionals who were always happy to answer our questions, big and small. In a world of money, building codes, grants proposals, and regulations it was such a joy to hold space with this group of people who were looking for answers just like you, but also cheering on your dreams every step of the way.”
—Alix Rhode, Mi Latinidad, Artspace Immersion: Chicago
“In a matter of one year, after monthly workshops, amazing presentations, and work sessions; we are now property owners and on the cusp of launching our Capital Campaign to rehabilitate a home inside the Central High School historic district.”
—Janis F. Kearney, Celebrate! Maya Project, Artspace Immersion: The Rocks
The Artspace Immersion curriculum supports building a learning community, developing new ways for organizations to tell their story, experiencing unexpected partnerships, and connections to broader discussions of community development and social justice. The New Orleans cohort will be the 9th focus city for the Artspace Immersion program. Each participating organization brings a clear and unique vision of how space ownership, development, or accessibility will create ripple effects in the communities they serve.
Applications are now open and must be completed through the online portal. Information Sessions will be held on December 6, 2022 and January 5, 2023. The cohort will meet virtually every month and use Howspace, an e-learning platform that will contain the program curriculum, social elements, and a library of resources. This program is free of cost and a $5,000 planning stipend is awarded to each participating organization upon completion of the program.
For more information, to view the eligibility requirements, or to submit your online application, visit www.artspace.org/ImmersionNOLA
Nov 30, 2022 – Application Opens
Dec 6, 2022 – Information Session #1
Jan 5, 2023 – Information Session #2
Jan 12, 2023 – Application Closes
Feb 2023 – Program Begins
Jan 2024 – Program Ends
Previous and ongoing iterations of Artspace Immersion include Minneapolis, MN (2022-23); Washington D.C. (2022–23); Chicago, IL (2021–22); Little Rock & North Rock, AR (2020–21); Detroit, MI (2019–20 and 2015–16); Memphis, TN (2018–19); and Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN (2018–19).
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