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2017 Emerging Program Institute

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Thursday, April 20, 2017

"The Alliance helped make our dreams as an emerging program come true. Without the Alliance, everything would have been ten times harder."

Join us for the Alliance of Artists Communities' Emerging Program Institute from April 18-20, 2017, hosted at Halcyon in Washington, DC. If you are interested or involved in launching a new residency program, you won't want to miss this! This training combines best practices from the arts-and-cultural sector with specific, hands-on information about artists' residencies.

Whether you are still in the early dreaming stage of creating an artist colony or working with an established institution that is developing a new residency program, the Emerging Program Institute will offer models for success, a community of peers, and access to residency leaders, funders, and connectors.


Topics include:

  • community engagement and the relevance of place
  • building a support base and funding your program
  • equity and access in artist outreach, engagement and selection
  • business planning for artist residencies
  • "ask an expert" panels of residency leaders, lawyers, artists and government funders
  • case studies, site visits - and more!

PLEASE NOTE: We cap attendance at 50 people to keep the program participatory and accessible. This Institute sells out every year, so we encourage you to register early to secure your spot!

SOLD OUT! Registration is now closed.


"I walked away from the Emerging Program Institute with the absolute conviction that this is something I can do. Up until this point, it's been a thrilling but daunting thought, and I came to this conference to see whether or not I could actually start my own residency. A few days after I got back, I made a website and told the world our plan. I don't think I could have done this without the Emerging Program Institute."

- Hilary Emerson Lay, 2015 Emerging Program Institute attendee

The 2017 Emerging Program Institute and Nonprofit 101 are funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support from Halcyon.