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.

By the People 2020: Open Call for Cultural Partners


What is the BTP 2020 Cultural Partner open call?
This open call invites arts organizations and presenting institutions to submit proposals for inclusion in By the People 2020, presented June 12-28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (If you are an individual artist who already has a venue and is interested in having your venue be a cultural partner, please share this application with your presenting organization).


What is By the People?
By the People is a city-wide international arts and dialogue festival in Washington, DC presented by Halcyon, which supports innovative emerging creatives through fellowships in art and social entrepreneurship. The inaugural 2018 festival presented free and accessible art and performance to over a dozen venues in all four quadrants of Washington, DC. The festival’s more than 100 events included performances, art installations, and curated conversations about what it means to seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (the festivals undercurrent themes). In 2019, we expanded further with a two week festival under curator Jessica Stafford Davis, founder of The Agora Culture, and thanks to a multitude of truly outstanding partners made up of new and good friends alike. We're excited to welcome visual arts curator for By The People 2020, Sheldon Scott. If you participated as a cultural partner in 2019, we invite you to join us again in 2020!


Eligibility Criteria
Organizations, venues, and institutions must meet the following criteria to be considered:
· Located in the DMV area
· Agree to present free, inclusive, and where possible, thematically-related content, during the festival dates
· Promote participation in By The People 2020 on e-news and social media platforms
· Place By The People signage in publicly accessible location during the festival dates
Halcyon will promote Satellite Partners on the By The People website, collateral, press announcements, and social media, including an interactive map of all Satellite Partner locations. 


Questions: Connect with our Project Manager, Erin, at bythepeople@halcyonhouse.org.

What is the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship? 

At the intersection of art and social change, this five-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 in each cohort.

Cohort 4- Fall 2020- Fellowship Dates: September 1, 2020 - February  14, 2021
Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Who should apply?

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

Halcyon defines emerging artists as an early career artist has 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 support.

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows should be:

  • Self-directed and able to work independently but will benefit from the program elements including workshops, networking, and training to further develop their careers.
  • Interested in creating new work, growing as leaders, and expanding their practices.
  • Open to group collaboration, including critiques and developing programming with their fellow artists in residence and community members.
  • Interested in being a part of and contributing to the wider Halcyon community, 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 artists 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 21 years of age or over and not enrolled in alternate full-time education at the start of the fellowship
  • Complete the application form online by 5pm EST, April 8, 2020

Program Requirements

Fellows must:

  • Attend mandatory Orientation and Kick-off event
  • Participate in presentation opportunities and public programming
  • Participate in civic engagement and volunteer events set up by Halcyon
  • Commit to using on-site facilities and studios for a minimum of 25 hours a week
  • Commit to 5 hours of weekly programming, skill series, and events
  • Have a collaborative nature, sense of humor, and a willingness to work and learn in a condensed creative environment

Travel & Restrictions

Artists must commit to the full length of the residency with no more than 14 days of nonconsecutive travel. Requested travel dates must comply with program requirements including:

  • Orientation 
  • Kick-off 
  • Work-in-Progress Nights
  • Open Studios
  • Final Presentation
  • Skills Series
  • Other programs as assigned 

Artists 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 8, 2020. No exceptions or extensions. Apply before the deadline to avoid technical difficulties.

What is included?

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows have access to the following:

  • Studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice
  • A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs: $5000 Stipend and additional funding available for materials and program expenses 
  • Five months of off-site residential accommodation
  • A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques
  • Opportunities for networking and critique from experienced professionals
  • Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs, and our program partner organizations in Washington, D.C.
  • Presentation opportunities and ability to guide and build public programming

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 creatives 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 selection process and criteria information.

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

What you can expect from Halcyon
The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. We do this by providing you with three things: space, community, and access.

Space - The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their economic background, can succeed. We give you physical and mental space, so you can focus more of your energy on your venture and achieving your full potential. Halcyon provides for your basic and psychological Maslow's hierarchy of needs. 

  • Five months of free housing at the historic Halcyon House
  • Eighteen months of free workspace at Halcyon, followed by affordable coworking options at Halcyon Arts Lab
  • Shared meeting spaces including formal board rooms and creative spaces
  • Additional meeting spaces, performance spaces, and free parking at Halcyon Arts Lab
  • Makerspace access at the Georgetown University Maker Hub

Community - Your journey as an entrepreneur is long and winding. You will experience many ups and downs, and we understand that you will need lots of support along the way. The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around you through our unique residential program, extensive post-residency Fellow community, and a robust network of world-class mentors and advisors. These mentors and advisors are seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors who want to help you. 

  • Entrepreneurs live and work alongside a diverse cohort of founders who quickly become consultants, confidants, and close friends
  • Join a family of 100+ Halcyon Incubator Fellows who have come before you and are prepared to shine a light on the path ahead of you
  • Each venture is paired with an experienced, industry-specific mentor who provides weekly guidance, accountability to achieve goals, and support during the residency phase
  • Opportunities for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with Fellows and Halcyon’s broader network to build and nurture relationships

Access - You need an ecosystem to build, grow, and sustain a social enterprise. The Halcyon Incubator connects entrepreneurs with key partners to advise and directly support Fellows’ ventures and provide crucial exposure. 

  • $10,000 stipend during the residency phase
  • Opportunities to present directly to ecosystem stakeholders, press, and potential funders at kickoff and final showcase events
  • Access to a wide range of innovators, influencers, and community figures through conferences and events
  • During the course of the program, Fellows receive more than 100 hours of:
  • Strategy and operations consulting provided by Deloitte
  • Legal and business advice from Arnold and Porter or Bracewell
  • Technical advice and hosting credits from Amazon Web Services
  • One-on-one leadership coaching provided in partnership with The HR Sage

What Halcyon expects from you
You need to be able to fully commit to the program for five months if you want to be selected. The Halcyon Incubator is an intense, demanding, once in a lifetime opportunity for Fellows and their social enterprises. Participation in the Halcyon Incubator program is the right fit if the venture’s CEO or primary decision-maker can commit to full-time participation in the program before being selected as a finalist. Full-time participation includes: 

  • Living and/or working out of Halcyon in Washington, DC for the residency phase from September 8, 2020 to January 15, 2021
  • Attending mandatory orientation (September 8-11, 2020) and kickoff event (September 17, 2020) at the beginning of the program
  • Attending mandatory final showcase event (January 12, 2021) at the end of the residency phase
  • The CEO or primary decision-maker working on the venture full time during the residency phase

 You must commit to being an active member of the Halcyon community by:

  • Traveling no more than three weeks during the residency phase
  • Attending and participating in mandatory weekly programming including family breakfasts, pitch sessions, skill series, and mindfulness practice
  • Positively contributing to our ecosystem and sharing your talents, expertise, and empathy with Fellows

 The venture’s CEO or primary decision-maker can live and work in the United States during the residency phase because you:

  • Already reside and/or work in the U.S.
  • Do not have foreseeable barriers to obtaining a visa for the five-month residency phase (i.e., have not previously been denied a visa for entry into the U.S.)

Do you want to learn more about the application process? Please review Halcyon Incubator’s Eligibility Requirements 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

Please create your account, start your application today, and we will follow up to remind you to submit your completed application before the deadline on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 5PM EDT.

What you can expect from Halcyon
The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. We do this by providing you with three things: space, community, and access.

Halcyon Incubator has supported social entrepreneurs from every sector from around the world with our unique residential, immersive model. In order to increase access to this unique program, we’ve launched the Halcyon Incubator Intensives; The Bahrain-Halcyon Incubator Intensive program will focus on early-stage, technology-oriented Bahraini social enterprises leveraging the Amazon Web Services platform. These tailored programs condense Halcyon's 5-month incubator program into a 2-week intensive that focuses on key skills related to sales, marketing, operations, investment-readiness, and the art of weaving social impact into the fabric of a business plan.

Space - The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their geography or economic background, can succeed. We give you physical and mental space, so you can focus more of your energy on your venture and achieve your full potential. 

  • You will be provided with 12 days of free housing at the historic Halcyon House from July 19-31, 2020
  • Dedicated workspaces, shared meeting, formal board rooms, and creative areas
  • Inspirational outdoor spaces and walking access to the historic Georgetown neighborhood

Community - Your journey as an entrepreneur is long and winding. You will experience many ups and downs, and we understand that you will need lots of support along the way. The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around you through our community of entrepreneurs and a robust network of world-class mentors and advisors. These mentors and advisors are seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors who want to help you. 

  • Entrepreneurs live and work alongside a diverse cohort of entrepreneurs who quickly become consultants, confidants, and close friends
  • Regular engagement with dedicated Halcyon incubator staff 
  • Opportunities for social events with Fellows and Halcyon’s broader network to build and nurture relationships

Access - You need an ecosystem to build, grow, and sustain a social enterprise. The Halcyon Incubator connects entrepreneurs with key partners to advise and directly support Fellows’ ventures and provide crucial exposure.  

  • Opportunities to present directly to ecosystem stakeholders, press, and potential funders
  • Access to a world-class network of partners, supporters, investors, and Halcyon Incubator Fellow alumni
  • Access to AWS; Amazon Web Services throughout the program. 
  • Access to a wide range of innovators, influencers, and community figures through conferences and events
  • Ground transportation for any off-site training and/or cultural activities taking place within the Washington, D.C. area
  • A complete and daily agenda for the Program participants
  • Advice from legal, business, communications, marketing, and accounting partner companies
  • Pitch sessions with leading startup and impact investors

What Halcyon expects from you

You need to be able to fully commit to attending the full program period at the Halcyon facility in Washington DC from July 19-31 in order to be eligible for selection to the program. The Halcyon Incubator is an intense, demanding, once in a lifetime opportunity for Fellows and their social enterprises. Full-time participation includes:  

  • Living and/or working out of Halcyon in Washington, DC for the residency phase from July 19, 2020, to July 31, 2020.
  • Pitching your business at a final showcase event.
  • Setting Objectives and Key Results to work towards throughout the program period 
  • A commitment from the CEO or primary decision-maker to be working on the venture full time during the program

You must commit to being an active member of the Halcyon community by positively contributing to our ecosystem and sharing your talents, expertise, and empathy with Fellows.

If you have any questions or issues with the application, please contact the Halcyon Incubator team at halcyonincubator@halcyonhouse.org. You can visit Halcyon Incubator's website to learn more about the organization. 

Please create your account and start your application today! We will follow up to remind you to submit your completed application before the deadline on Friday, April 10th, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT.

What you can expect from Halcyon
The Halcyon Incubator program equips early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. We do this by providing you with three things: space, community, and access.

Halcyon Incubator has supported social entrepreneurs from every sector from around the world with our unique residential, immersive model. In order to increase access to this unique program, we’ve launched the Halcyon Incubator Intensives. These tailored programs condense Halcyon's 5-month incubator program into a 2-week intensive that focuses on key skills related to sales, marketing, operations, investment-readiness, and the art of weaving social impact into the fabric of a business plan.

Space - The Halcyon Incubator was founded to ensure that all social entrepreneurs, regardless of their geography or economic background, can succeed. We give you physical and mental space, so you can focus more of your energy on your venture and achieve your full potential.

  • You will be provided with 11 days of free housing at the historic Halcyon House from Aug 17-28, 2020
  • Dedicated workspaces, shared meeting, formal board rooms, and creative areas
  • Inspirational outdoor spaces and walking access to the historic Georgetown neighborhood

Community - Your journey as an entrepreneur is long and winding. You will experience many ups and downs, and we understand that you will need lots of support along the way. The Halcyon Incubator builds a community of support around you through our community of entrepreneurs and a robust network of world-class mentors and advisors. These mentors and advisors are seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors who want to help you. 

  • Entrepreneurs live and work alongside a diverse cohort of entrepreneurs who quickly become consultants, confidants, and close friends
  • Regular engagement with dedicated Halcyon incubator staff 
  • Opportunities for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with Fellows and Halcyon’s broader network to build and nurture relationships

Access - You need an ecosystem to build, grow, and sustain a social enterprise. The Halcyon Incubator connects entrepreneurs with key partners to advise and directly support Fellows’ ventures and provide crucial exposure. 

  • Opportunities to present directly to ecosystem stakeholders, press, and potential funders
  • Access to a world-class network of partners, supporters, investors, and Halcyon Incubator Fellow alumni
  • Access to a wide range of innovators, influencers, and community figures through conferences and events
  • Ground transportation for any off-site training and/or cultural activities taking place within the Washington, D.C. area
  • A complete and daily agenda for the Program participants
  • Advice from legal, business, communications, marketing, and accounting partner companies
  • Pitch sessions with leading startup and impact investors

What Halcyon expects from you
You need to be able to fully commit to attending the full program period at the Halcyon facility in Washington DC from August 17-28 in order to be eligible for selection to the program. The Halcyon Incubator is an intense, demanding, once in a lifetime opportunity for Fellows and their social enterprises. Full-time participation includes: 

  • Living and/or working out of Halcyon in Washington, DC for the residency phase from August 17, 2020, to August 28, 2020.
  • Pitching your business at a final showcase event.
  • Setting Objectives and Key Results to work towards throughout the program period 
  • A commitment from the CEO or primary decision-maker to be working on the venture full time during the program

You must commit to being an active member of the Halcyon community by positively contributing to our ecosystem and sharing your talents, expertise, and empathy with Fellows.

If you have any questions or issues with the application, please contact the Halcyon Incubator team at halcyonincubator@halcyonhouse.org. You can visit Halcyon Incubator's website to learn more about the organization. 

Please create your account and start your application today! We will follow up to remind you to submit your completed application before the deadline on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT.

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