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Opportunities: Queer/Art/Mentorship Deadline June 28th (NYC)

Opportunities: Queer/Art/Mentorship Deadline June 28th (NYC)

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Applications for the 2013-2014 Queer/Art/Mentorship Cycle Are Now Open

Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5pm EST

Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers.

Honoring the differences between the generations within the queer artistic community and the diversity of choices, values, esthetics, and opportunities in artists’ lives, the program supports a rich communion, working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. Its goal is to build an interconnected web of queer artists of all generations and mediums who know each other and each other’s work.

Queer/Art/Mentorship was created to support artists in the process of creating this community.

Queer/Art/Mentorship seek fellows who :

  • Work within at least one of the following disciplines: literary, film, visual arts, performing arts (including dance and music), and curatorial arts (in any kind of medium; e.g. galleries, books, etc.)
  • Self-Identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered
  • Are New York City-based
  • Are Not Currently enrolled in school or university
  • Are Early-Career and professionally focused
  • Have a project that they’d like to work on with a mentor during the 2013-2014 mentorship cycle.

Application requirements:

Please read the application requirements below, and submit your contact info and essay responses  using the onlineapplication form. You will not be able to save your application form online, so please complete beforehand.


Submit the following application materials through the online application form :

  • Name, address, and contact info
  • Describe a formative experience you’ve had with queer culture (250 words).
  • Describe your art; how you and it have evolved; and where you would like to see yourself and your art develop. Please reference the work samples submitted in this application (500 words).
  • Describe a specific project you’d like to work on in the next year and share with a mentor over the 2013-2014 mentorship cycle (500 words).
  • Describe why you’re interested in the Queer/Art/Mentorship Program; what you feel participation would do for your life, art, and career; and what you can imagine being able to offer to the relationship (250 words).

For Film/Video Applicants, and those with video/audio work online: Please submit url links to your work samples in the online form.


All work samples and CVs must be submitted in one email

All files should be labeled FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, and numbered according to the order in which you’d like them to be viewed. Ex: BROWN_TALLY_01

Please use the following specifications when formatting your work sample materials:


Please send your CV (two pages max.) as a PDF document

Photography / Visual

Up to 12 images using the following specifications:

  • Dimensions: 1,240 pixels x 1,240 pixels (maximum)
  • Resolution: 72dpi
  • File size: No larger than 4.0 MGB (each image)
  • File format: .JPG

Manuscript or Scripts

Please send a PDF that includes:

  • A title page with your name, title of your work(s), and year the work(s) was completed.
  • Up to 10 pages of prose, poetry, or play which best represent your work within the past five years. If you are excerpting a larger work, you are strongly advised to include substantial portions, rather than small fragments. Do not include publication and/or production information anywhere on your manuscript. Do not include your artistic résumé in your PDF. Scanned excerpts from books or periodicals, in published form, will not be accepted. Manuscripts must be in English, but can be translated into English by someone other than the artist. Documents must be in manuscript form, double spaced with 12 point typeface.

Film and Video
For Film and Video you may submit one or two recent (within the last five years) work samples. The panel will view 10-12 minutes of your work sample.  Applications with video or film samples must submit their work as an online sample (via YouTube or Vimeo only).

For Online Video Submissions:
Please provide us with the URL, Title and length of your video submission in the application form.

Please ask for two letters of recommendation from individuals  who are  familiar with your goals and artistic work to write a letter of recommendation (max 500 words each). They may email them as a PDF or .doc attachment to The files should be named “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_RECOMMENDATION_1” and “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_RECOMMENDATION_2”  

If you applied to the 2011-2012, or 2012-2013 Q/A/M cycles, your letter of recommendation is on file and will be accepted. 

If you have any questions, please email, or call 212-431-0147. 

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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