Halcyon seeks and celebrates creativity in all forms and galvanizes creative individuals aspiring to promote social good. We bring together diverse groups of changemakers in art and social enterprise and provide a safe haven for their bold ideas to take flight. Halcyon offers an ecosystem of advocacy that encourages socially engaged creatives to learn, freely experiment, sometimes fail, and advance their talents and visions. In doing so, we foster new pathways to knowledge and resources, and help innovators transform their inspiration into impact.

What is the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship? 

At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through a supportive environment of space, access, and community. The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort.

2018/2019 fellowship dates: September 9, 2019 - June 26, 2020 

Mandatory Orientation: September 10th - September 11th, 2019

Mandatory Kickoff: October 7th- 12th, 2019

Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Who should apply?

Emerging artists who are interested in further developing a socially-engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC.

Halcyon defines emerging artist as early career artist how as demonstrated promising artistic development and demonstrates dedication to their practices but is at a pivotal point in their career where they could benefit from further training and mentorship. 

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows should be: 

• Self-directed and able to work independently but will benefit from the program elements including, workshops, mentorship and training to further develop their careers.

• Hold a desire to create, grow as leaders and expand their practices.

• Interest in group collaboration including critiques and developing programming with their fellow artist in residence and community members.

• Interested in being a part of and contributing to the wider Halcyon community  to including fostering relationships with fellow entrepreneurs in residence in our sister program, Halcyon incubator.

• Interested in expanding the social impact of their projects and creating work that demonstrates critical inquiry into social issues, and actively engages groups and communities, placing collaborative project outcomes at the heart of the creative process.

Halcyon is looking for artist that abide by our core values. This means we seek fellows who are:

• Optimistic

• Nurturing

• Risk tolerant

• Nimble 

• Humble 

Eligibility & Program Requirements

In addition to meeting Halcyon’s definition of socially engaged and emerging artist, all applicants must:

• Be a full time artist 

• Be a US citizen, resident, or student with the legal status to study or work in the US 

• Must be 21 years of age or over and not enrolled in alternate full-time education at the start of the fellowship.

• Must complete the following application form online by 5pm EST, April 4, 2019

• Must be an individual applicant. 

Program requirements

 Fellows must: 

• Attend mandatory Orientation and Kick-off event

• Participate in By the People Festival 

• Participate in civic engagement and volunteer events set up by the Halcyon. 

• Commit to using on-site facilities and studios for a minimum of 25 hours a week

• Commit to 5 hours of weekly programing, skill series and events. 

• Must engage in the youth mentorship program no less than 1 hour a week

• Have a collaborative nature, sense of humor and a willingness to work and learn in a condensed creative environment.

Travel & Restrictions 

Artist must commit to the full length of the residency with no more the 4 weeks of nonconsecutive travel.

Artist must not participate in simultaneous residencies during the Halcyon Fellowship or have full time employment outside the residency. 

When is the deadline?

Applications are due by 5PM EST on April 4, 2019. No exceptions or extensions. Apply before the deadline to avoid technical difficulties.

What is included?

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows have access to the following:

• Dedicated studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice

• A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs

• Nine months of off-site residential accommodation (eligible for non-D.C. residents only)

• A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques

• Opportunities for mentorship and critique from experienced art professionals

• Opportunity to mentor DC high school students to provide guidance and inspiration in developing the next generation of socially-engaged artists

• Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs and our program partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

• Opportunity to participate and present at By the People Festival. 

Commitment to Local Artists

Halcyon is committed to the vibrant community of artists living in Washington, DC. We see tangible value in supporting artists whose projects may require ongoing community relationships that last beyond the nine-month residency. For that reason, Halcyon has chosen to allocate two of the eight fellowships to DC-resident artists.

Applying to the Halcyon Arts Lab

Applications to the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship are evaluated on areas of artistic excellence, impact, and future potential. Halcyon accepts artist with bold ideas at their early stages of development, where time, space, and resources can be most beneficial to create impactful work. The fellowship program is based in Washington, DC at Halcyon Arts Lab, but a fellow’s work can focus regionally, nationally, or internationally.

Make sure you check out our eligibility requirements and definitions, and selection process and criteria information.

For questions about the application process, please contact the Halcyon Arts Lab team at arts@halcyonhouse.org.


The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures and change the world. Please start your application today and submit your completed application before April 4, 2019 at 5PM EDT. 

Fellows accepted into the program will have access to the following resources:

Residency, Business, and Living Expenses - The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their economic background, can succeed. The program reduces the financial barriers to starting a social venture by providing:

  • Five months of free housing at the historic Halcyon House (Residency Phase)
  • 13 months of free workspace at Halcyon House (Post-Residency Phase) 
  • A $10,000 stipend per venture for food and living expenses during the Residency Phase

Strategic Venture Resources - The Halcyon Incubator has partnered with some of the leading firms in the community to advise and directly support the fellows’ ventures. During the course of the program, fellows receive more than 1,000 hours (in aggregate) of:

World-Class Network of Mentors and Advisors - The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around the fellows by bringing together a robust network of seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors.

  • Each venture is paired with an experienced, field-specific mentor who provides weekly guidance and support during the Residency Phase
  • Select dinners and events engage fellows with a robust network of supporters, advisors, and potential funders

Critical Audiences - The program helps fellows gain exposure for their ventures to support their long-term sustainability. The Halcyon Incubator provides fellows:

  • Access to entrepreneurs, press, and supporters during a formal debut at Kickoff, an event at the beginning of the Residency Phase
  • Access to potential funders, investors, and partners during the Halcyon Showcase, an event at the end of the Residency Phase
  • Access to key community figures and innovators at conferences and other events

Do you want to learn more about the application process? Please review Halcyon Incubator’s Eligibility and Selection Criteria and Process.

If you have any questions or issues with the application, please contact the Halcyon Incubator team at halcyonincubator@halcyonhouse.org

BTP x Monochrome

In conjunction with By the People 2019, Halcyon and Monochrome Collective will host an art fair exhibition featuring some of the DMV's most talented, emerging, and exciting artists. BTP x Monochrome aims to highlight the artistic richness and diversity of our community of working artists, and to cultivate a culture of support for practicing artists and locally-focused collecting among residents and visitors alike.

BTP x Monochrome will take place from June 8-23, 2019 in a to be announced location adjacent to the By the People 2019 festival sites. Programming throughout the 2-week exhibition will encourage visitor-ship and access both before and during the city-wide festival.

The exhibition will be curated by Nina O'Neil, founder of Monochrome Collective. Monochrome is a DC-based art consultancy, supporting artists and empowering the next generation of art collectors. Nina has been working in the arts in DC for nearly 20 years, while consistently making connections and building collections. Read more about Monochrome here.

Works submitted to BTP x Monochrome will be juried by a panel of local artists, curators, collectors and arts practitioners.


This open call is intended for all local artists, regardless of age, gender, and career-level. Applicants are not required to have formal training and artwork does not need to represent recent works. We encourage anyone with an artistic practice -- full-time, part-time, sometimes -- to submit their work!

Artists working in all media who live and work in the DMV area are encouraged to submit up to 5 examples of work. Artworks should be finished and documentation should show work in a display-ready form (ex. framed, prepared with hanging hardware, sculptures prepared for pedestals, etc.) Photographic media submitted should show display ready artwork (ex. framed, prepared to hang/display). Any additional requirements for display (power outlet, screen, etc.) must be clearly listed in the description of the work.


Artist Name

Title of work

Date (of work creation)

Dimensions L x W x H x D (framed / display-ready dimensions) 

Any additional requirements for display


Artist statement

Short bio

Work submitted must not be currently consigned/represented by a gallery.

Pricing of works will be determined upon acceptance into the exhibition and in conversation with the curator. Works will be offered for sale between $500-$10,000.

Work chosen for the exhibition will be consigned to Monochrome Collective and receive a 50% percentage commission if the work is sold.

Submit application by April 14, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

Email bythepeople@halcyonhouse.org with any questions.

More information on By the People 2019 can be found here.