Creators Studio

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MCA Denver's Creators Studio

 

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The MCA Denver Creators Studio Program is a collaborative, 7-week, paid internship experience for young adults ages 18-26. 

This is a cohort-based program that brings together professional artists and young creators to build community and connections within the Denver art scene. All participants will receive creative training, entrepreneurial development, and mentorship from some of the city’s leading creatives. Additional discipline-specific training will also be provided in one of two learning tracks: visual arts or creative exploration. At the end of the program, participants will engage in a public forum to present what they learned as a final creative pitch.

Participants will meet on Saturdays from 9am-5pm at the Holiday Theater. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This program is made possible through the generosity of Amie Knox.

Applications open now through May 4, 2022!

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This is a cohort-based program that brings together professional artists and young creators to build community and connections within the Denver art scene. All participants will receive creative training, entrepreneurial development, and mentorship from some of the city’s leading creatives. Additional discipline-specific training will also be provided in one of two learning tracks: visual arts or creative exploration. At the end of the program, participants will engage in a public forum to present what they learned as a final creative pitch.

 

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The visual arts track is for young visual artists who are interested in learning about discipline-specific opportunities, including creating a portfolio, connecting with visual art spaces, and finding collaborative opportunities in Denver and beyond.

The visual arts track is for young visual artists who are interested in learning about discipline-specific opportunities, including creating a portfolio, connecting with visual art spaces, and finding collaborative opportunities in Denver and beyond.

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The creative exploration track is a cross-disciplinary opportunity for young creatives who are interested in defining their practice, exploring creative career paths, and connecting with other creative working professionals.

The creative exploration track is a cross-disciplinary opportunity for young creatives who are interested in defining their practice, exploring creative career paths, and connecting with other creative working professionals.

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Both tracks will receive entrepreneurial development training, which includes business modeling, strategic management, principles of accounting, marketing, promotion, and pitching.

Both tracks will receive entrepreneurial development training, which includes business modeling, strategic management, principles of accounting, marketing, promotion, and pitching.

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Artist/Mentors for the Program

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Esther HzEsther Hz is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist in Denver, CO. She has become well known for installation and performance where she sets up interactive creative experiences for the viewer. She is a past resident artist at RedLine and PlatteForum. Her work was featured by the Denver Art Museum at Untitled and ArtHyve’s Archives As Muse program debut. She was also awarded a Redbull microgrant in 2020. She has worked with teens at MCA Denver through the “Failure Lab” program, mentored girls at Resilience Rising, and worked as the Associate Director at PlatteForum where she managed an international artist residency, youth program, and podcast. She offers creative programming to the residents of XDenver where she sustains her studio practice.

 

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Castle Searcy

Castle Searcy, essentially a Colorado native with time spent in San Francisco and the Deep South, lives between NYC and Denver while running creative strategy, design and art consulting for her own firm, Castle Productions. Castle is the co-founder of Denver's award-winning Tootsies the Nail Shoppe (2006-2021). She serves as the founding Design Track Chair and Creative Director for Denver Startup Week (2010-Current) and recently produced Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project. Castle specializes in creative strategy for brands and organizations working at the intersection of design, art, branding, content and storytelling.

 

 

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Mike Bevis

Michael Bevis is an entrepreneur and business professional who is driven to help others reach their full potential. His talents and experiences are unique, encompassing the areas of business marketing, leadership, personal branding, and higher education.  Michael is an industrial and organizational psychologist with additional graduate degrees in finance and marketing. Michael currently manages all things related to entrepreneurship and innovation for the city and county of Denver.  He also is the founder and CEO of KoolSkinz, a pet product company specializing in Pet Performance Wear. Michael has started three non-profits and serves as a board member for several others. 

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Dates of Internship

  • June 4
  • June 11
  • June 18
  • June 25
  • July 9
  • July 16
  • July 23 (Presentation Day)
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Typical Day Schedule

  • 9am-12pm: Entrepreneurial Development
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-2pm: Small group mentoring session
  • 2pm-5pm: Individual track breakout
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Creators Studio Applicants must:

  • Be a Denver resident. This includes the following 6 counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.
  • Be between the ages of 18-26
  • Have a high school diploma/GED (2022 graduating seniors are eligible as this is a summer program.)
  • Be interested in exploring visual arts or the creative space in general
  • Be available for all of the internship dates and final presentation
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Application Process

  • Applications Open: April 6, 2022
  • Applications Close: May 4, 2022
  • Applicants will apply through the MCA website
  • Once applications close, they will be reviewed.
  • After review, select applicants will be asked to do a brief virtual interview members of the Programming team