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Hemera Foundation Fellowships


The Hemera Contemplative Fellowship programs were created to make the unique benefits of contemplative practice in a retreat context more widely available.

The Tending Space Fellowship Program for Artists was developed with the view that art has the capacity to infuse the experience of everyday life with awareness. The aim of the program is to nurture the creative practice of seeing things as they are, to cultivate that awareness, and to live and create from this insight. Toward that purpose, we support artists with opportunities for both contemplation and creation. Qualified applicants will be artists who are rigorously committed to their art form and who have a demonstrable interest in contemplative practice.

The 2015 Tending Space fellowship program is open to visual and performing artists and writers. The application process for the 2015 program year opens on January 1 and closes on February 15, 2015. Ten fellowships will be awarded. The program is open to domestic and international applicants.

During the six-month period of the program, fellows will be provided with the following support, the details of which are determined in conversation with fellowship staff:

·       A residential meditation retreat of up to thirty days
·       An art retreat or workshop
·       A two week studio residency
·       A stipend of $2,500, to be used for expenses related to fellowship activities, including travel to and from residential programs, materials, and income support
·       An art mentor and a meditation mentor

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– Information and graphic sourced from the Hemera Foundation website.

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