Fellowship applications are now closed. All applicants will be notified via email by July 7, 2019.
CAC is dedicated to the nurturing of nascent voices. Thus, we only accept fellows who are emerging artists, and we especially encourage artists from marginalized, oppressed, or underserved communities to apply.
• Fellows must be in between the ages of 14 and 22, and have not yet published a full-length book (with the exception of self-publishing), shown in a major gallery (with the exception of student-only exhibits), or signed a contract with a record label.
• Fellows may only participate in one discipline, but may apply for as many as they would like.
• Fellows must be available to collaborate in the July 15 - August 15 time period over the Internet.
We offer mentorship in the following categories:
• Creative writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, cross-genre work.
• Visual art: acrylics, watercolor, charcoals, sculptural work and design, animation.
• Music: violin, piano, voice, electronic (low-fidelity included), cello. Update 6/9/19: cello has now been added to the music sub-disciplines.
If you are an artist in a sub-discipline not listed above, please contact us at email@example.com.
What we’re looking for
The CAC is a community, and our fellows are the heart of it.
We are looking for fellows who exhibit a true, unbridled passion for the creative arts — yes, in their own discipline, but also an inquisitive, relentless drive to learn, enrich, and interact with society and the humanities. Thus, not only are they talented and capable in their own discipline, but they are involved in the artistic community.
This does not mean CAC fellows have to be “established” — that is, have won major awards, participated in selective programs, have a large network, etc. Being “involved” can mean leading an international literary journal, but it can also mean teaching your little sister piano at night.
Much of the program lies in learning from your cohort members, being willing to accept constructive criticism, and being open and mature to others’ cultural viewpoints.
At the end of the program, three fellows who exhibit the most passion, collaborative ability, and potential for growth will be selected for a $100 monetary stipend. Although small, we hope that this mini-scholarship will allow them to pursue arts-related projects or jumpstart organizations dedicated to the enrichment of the humanities.
• Please email all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Discipline_Name.” i.e. Writing_William Faulkner.
• We’d love to hear a quick hello and introduction! Let us know your name, grade, and current academic institution, if applicable.
• Please answer the following questions in an attached file (.docx, .pages, .pdf, please). Be sure to tell us specifics — what you’re involved in, what you love to do, and what you would bring to the program. To read some tips on writing your application, please take a look here.
1. Why do you want to participate in the COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective? What do the creative and interdisciplinary arts mean to you? Why do you make art, and what – or whom – do you hope to address, heal, reform, or influence with your art? (200-500 words)
2. Teach us something we don’t know in 100 words or less.
• Please attach samples of your work according to the below limitations and formats.
Creative writing: up to 7 pages of poetry and 20 pages of prose; we welcome excerpts from longer works. If you would like to mix poetry and prose, please ensure that your total page count does not exceed 20. Please use the formats .docx or .pdf.
Visual art: up to 7 high-resolution photos of your artwork. Alternatively, you may submit an animation sample no longer than 5 minutes. Plese use the formats .jpg, .png, .pdf, or .mov.
Music: up to 7 minutes total of music performance. You may use recordings of yourself playing or covering others’ works; we also welcome recordings of original music. Please use the formats .m4a or .mp3.
Applying to more than one discipline
You may apply for one, two, or three disciplines. Please send us a set of complete work samples for each discipline, titled appropriately in separate emails. You do not need to re-answer the two short essay questions, but keep in mind that your essays should explain your passion for all of your art. In this case, you may regard our essay word counts as less of a limit and more of a soft suggestion. Please include at the top of your essay document an order of preference for your disciplines.
Thank you for your interest in the COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective! We look forward to reading your application.
Music: ‘Far Away’ by music mentor Leavv.
Artwork: by visual art mentor Linden Eller.