Apply for Special Co-Working Opportunity

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) has partnered with the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) and CIC St. Louis to provide six selected St. Louis artists with a unique professional development experience to gain access to a community of inventive people at the epicenter of entrepreneurship. Be a part of a movement of big thinkers and risk-takers working outside of the field of traditional arts and in the world of start-ups. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to be influenced by a cross-section of innovators and for those innovators to be influenced by the creativity of artists.

  • ABOUT
  • ELIGIBILITY
  • REVIEW CRITERIA
  • HOW TO APPLY

ABOUT

Dates

  • 02/15/2017 03/20/2017

Amount Awarded

In-Kind

Details

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) has partnered with the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) and CIC St. Louis to provide six selected St. Louis artists with a unique professional development experience to gain access to a community of inventive people at the epicenter of entrepreneurship. Be a part of a movement of big thinkers and risk-takers working outside of the field of traditional arts and in the world of start-ups. CIC@CET, located at 20 South Sarah, is offering co-working space to selected artists at no fee for nine months starting April 24, 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to be influenced by a cross-section of innovators and for those innovators to be influenced by the creativity of artists.

Selected artists will form a cohort that seeks to leverage the intersection of art, science, technology and innovation. The goal is for creativity, serendipity and discovery to go both ways, with artists and entrepreneurs finding mutually beneficial and creatively stimulating ways to interact and collaborate. This is a 9-month, place-based program is located in co-working at CIC@CET at 20 South Sarah at Forest Park Boulevard.

This pilot opportunity is presented as an extension of RAC’s commitment to support the careers of artists in the St. Louis region. Along with Artist Support Grants and Artist Fellowships, RAC encourages creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and sustained commitment to artistic work. This support is a significant part of the platform for our region to be recognized as a hub for arts and creativity

The RAC CIC@CET Opportunity includes:

  • Required monthly lunch meetings with the program coordinator
  • Support – introductions, coaching, topics for discussion/exploration, networking
  • Creation of a new or expanded art based on the CIC@CET opportunity
  • Culminating event – “demo day” opportunity to discuss and display your work
  • 24/7 building access
  • Open co-working desks
  • Premium internet and phone services
  • Use of Conference Rooms with video conferencing capabilities
  • Access to kitchen with free coffee, tea, and snacks
  • Use of available printers, copiers, and scanners
  • Parking options and accessible by public transportation

ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility for Grant

Seeking artists who:

  • Are influenced by science, math, engineering and/or technology in their work
  • Artists willing to use office and meeting room space on a regular basis – i.e. 2-3 times a week at a minimum for 9-months – to facilitate their work
  • Artists interested in learning about business and teaching about the creative process
  • Artists living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for at least one year (Documentation will be required if selected.)
  • Artists 19 years or older
  • Artists who have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context within the last three years
  • Artists not enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students
  • Artists not already working at CIC (@4240) or CET


REVIEW CRITERIA

Grant Review Criteria

Criteria for selection include:

  • Artist’s willingness to participate in research by sharing what they are learning from this new experience
  • Demonstration that this pilot opportunity will impact their work
  • Commitment to live and work in the St. Louis area

HOW TO APPLY

How to Apply for this Grant

1. Write a one-page narrative outlining how this specific opportunity would advance your work and career as an artist. The program requires participating artists to use this opportunity to create and/or plan for the creation of a new work while at CIC@CET. We ask that you consider some of the following questions and address at least one specifically in your application.

 

  • If you had access to a network of professionals in science, medicine, mathematics, engineering, technology, design, manufacturing, etc. how might their input, perspective and expertise influence your work as an artist?
  • Describe your interest in or previous exploration of art’s role in innovation, social entrepreneurship, community-making/building and/or systemic problem solving?
  • How do you envision innovation districts like Cortex making art an integral part of the live-work-play-learn environment in ways not previously tried or immediately obvious?
  • How might your skills as an artist and/or creative process influence how other entrepreneurs approach ideation, iteration, team building, storytelling or other aspects of building new products, services or businesses?

2. Supply a current artist’s resume/CV including a web site, You Tube/Vimeo channel, or other form of on-line access to view your work

3. Send the above as one PDF to roseann@racstl.org with “CIC@CET” in the subject line

4. Note: DEADLINE Monday, March 20, 2017– Start of opportunity April 24, 2017 and ending January 26, 2018