Leap Year, facilitated by MINT, is a year long, emerging artist mentorship program that utilizes the established talent and organic connectivity of the Atlanta artistic community. Three selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in a program of development with resources culled from numerous organizations and individuals active in Georgia. Leap Year's goals are to provide space and support for emerging artists to be more thoughtful about their work and creative careers, to foster partnerships and community between various arts organizations, to create a more sustainable arts economy, and to nurture a generous artistic spirit within Atlanta.
MINT developed this collaborative effort as an extension of their mission to offer exhibition space, curatorial opportunities and other resources to artists. Leap Year will not only provide three emerging artists with timely monetary and interpersonal support, it will also help them understand how to move forward as creative individuals. Participants will be paired with two different mentors, receive free memberships to many arts related organizations in the Atlanta area, and will be able to participate in a series of workshops and discussion groups specifically tailored to their medium, background and needs. They will also receive a small stipend to be used for supplies, free studio space and opportunities for community service and public art installations. At the end of the program, the three artists will have a group exhibition to showcase their new body of work.
Preference will be given to applicants who:
1. Are not currently enrolled in a college or university
2. Have minimal solo exhibition experience
3. Have demonstrated a commitment to Atlanta's art community and can list examples
4. Are willing to remain in Georgia for the duration of Leap Year
5. Ability to commit to 2 to 5 hours per week to Leap Year programming
6. Have minimal published arts criticism
7. Have received minimal grant/private funding
To apply, visit http://mintatl.org/leapyear and download the application instructions.