Black Artist Waystation Application

Mission Statement 

The Black Artist Waystation supports Black artists working at the intersection of art, culture, and social change. We promote artistic expression that amplifies the voices of disadvantaged communities and harnesses the transformative power of art to foster deep healing and empowerment to change the current lack of visibility and opportunities for Black artists.  

 Vision Statement  

The Black Artist Waystation works to amplify the visibility and support of Black Artists in the Lancaster community. Presented by YWCA Lancaster, whose mission is eliminating racism and empowering women, we aim to build a community-led platform for Artivists who create works that define the movement toward freedom and recognize the many efforts that brought us to this moment.

Black Artist Waystation celebrates the link between Lancaster County as aWaystation on the Underground Railroad, the struggle for freedom and equity that continues today for Black Artivists, and the rich tapestry of artistic expression that has led us to this moment and propels us forward. 

If selected to participate in the 2024 Black Artist Waystation, fellows will receive a stipend of $2,500 to be used to complete the program.

Program Timeline

Application Opens: March 1, 2024
Application Deadline: March 29, 2024
Panel Meeting: Late April, if selected.
Public Announcement: Early May

Program Requirements

To apply:

-Artist’s work impacts Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

-Artists must Identify as Black, African American, or be identified as part of the African Diaspora

-Artists must have a current artistic practice, as evidenced by the materials submitted.

Awarded fellows must comply with all requirements as stipulated in the program agreement, including but not limited to the following:

  • If selected – Must be available for an interview with the Black Artist Waystation panel.
  • Complete contract documents – Upon notification of award, complete all required contract documents to receive 100% grant payment.
  • Consistent activities – Maintain communication with mentors and attend monthly check-ins with YWCA Lancaster.
  • Attend mid-point showcase – The meet & greet and showcase will display parts of your work in progress and allow the community the opportunity to engage with the work and artists. This can include large photos of work or in-person samples.
  • Final work submissions – Final work submissions will happen two weeks prior to the final showcase event. Please be prepared to make adjustments if needed.
  • Final showcase – Be prepared to present your final work(s) to the community.
  • Final report – After the showcase, a one-page narrative telling the story of what your fellowship meant to you and your community will be required.

Please send any questions to Isabel Castillo, Director of the Center for Racial and Gender Equity, at icastillo@ywcalancaster.org.

Application Information

The Black Artist Waystation was formed to foster and elevate the important work of emerging Black artists residing within Lancaster County. This year, the Fellowship will support 4 artists of various mediums. 

Accepted Mediums of Art:

  • Visual Arts
    • Drawing
    • Painting
    • Sculpting
    • Photography
    • Filmmaking (short film)
  • Performing Arts
    • Performance Art
    • Music
    • Dance
    • Theatre
    • Spoken Word
    • Poetry

Tips Before Applying

Preparing for the application:

  • As you read through the guidelines, highlight or take note of what you will need to prepare and what important things you must remember before submitting your application. Take your time!
  • Select artworks created within the last five years.
  • Select artworks that are a strong representation of your vision and voice as an artist.
  • Make sure that your work samples are in the correct format and file size so they’re uploaded successfully.
  • Take the time to properly and clearly document your work samples.
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit Americans for the Arts for additional tips and resources.

When completing the application form:

  • Write an outline or plan for each statement. This will make it easier to flesh out your thoughts and make sure you are specifically addressing each section.
  • For your required statements, make sure you focus on representing a clear vision and voice.

Polishing your application:

  • Double check all of your written statements. If possible, have someone else review them.
  • Make sure all your contact information is correct.
  • In your written statements, make sure you are only referencing artworks that appear in your work samples.
  • Give yourself enough time to apply! Plan to submit your application a few days in advance so if you run into any issues you can reach out for assistance.

Black Artist Waystation Application

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