Organizationally, we recognize that patterns can happen when it comes to selection for opportunities. Often, personal relationships and established norms can dictate who has the chance to show their work. The complaint of “How can I get in?” or “Who do I have to know to…” is real.
By taking the decision making out of the hands of our usual programming process, our goal is to support new voices that we may miss. We hope that, by handing the selection process over to the participants, we might see a more diverse coalition of artists and experiences.
Our expectation is that new artistic partnerships and long term artistic homes can be born from this program.