A Creative Call to Action

August 10, 2020 Work

In June, Science Gallery Detroit launched an open call for a new Rapid Residency program to prompt innovative responses about the current social challenges impacting Detroiters. The application period extended from June 22 to July 22 and was open writers, artists, musicians, photographers, videographers, dancers, designers, and all other types of creators and makers residing in Detroit. After receiving dozens of inspired applications, we’re pleased to announce the five awardees of this novel initiative! The winners are Amira Hanafi, Cherise Morris, Jordyn Davis, Maiingan ‘iNDiO” Wekwiidong, and Summer Krinsky.

Each awardee will receive mentoring and $1,000 stipends during their virtual, five-week residency. The goal is to inspire innovation and creativity during a time in which many opportunities have been canceled or postponed for many local artists. By the end of the program, awardees will be required to produce a publishable summary in written, audio, or video format. Finalized works are not mandatory, only comprehensive think pieces.

Further, Science Gallery Detroit will host a virtual public program on October 21 exploring the awardees’ creative ideas and processes, as well as next steps in advancing the projects. This program will be held in conjunction with Science Gallery Detroit’s forthcoming exhibition, FUTURE PRESENT: Design in a Time of Urgency. More details will published soon on how to stream the program.

We’re immensely pleased with the number of proposals received for this new initiative. Clearly, the idea of the program resonated with the creative community in Detroit. We hope to follow this round of grants with others in the future.

Finally, we’re very grateful for the outstanding press coverage received during the open call. In sum, over 30 news outlets ran articles on the initiative. Much gratitude for helping to get word out during a very challenging time.

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