Posted on June 19, 2010
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About the Artist in Bloom Residency Program At the center of our broad mission at BloomBars, is a core belief that art and artists have the power to transform people, communities, and the world. The Artist in Bloom Residency Program is designed to identify and cultivate artists who will represent and advance this belief in their local communities, and— as they travel—communities across the globe. While our current crop of Artist in Bloom Residents happen to be musicians, we hope to invite artists across a variety of disciplines, and from a diversity of backgrounds. The program works to support growth of these talented artists—as professionals, community activists, educators, entrepreneurs, and human beings. It also seeks to build relationships between artists, community‐based organizations, and the surrounding community. Social entrepreneurship is a core focus as we want artists to not only sustain a healthy livelihood, but develop skills that will empower them to create and lead organizations and businesses that benefit the community. Artists are selected based on range of criteria, including, community service, accomplishments, and potential to impact audiences on a much larger stage. Some of the program’s benefits include professional mentorship and life coaching, workshops on financial literacy, community organizing, contracts & negotiation, rehearsal space, studio photo session, and opportunities to develop programming and perform at BloomBars on a regular schedule. On this web site, we will tell their stories and chronicle their journeys. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself), please tell us why in 500 words or less, and send in an e‐mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: BloomBars also hosts Visiting Residents from other countries and communities across the globe. In addition to multiple performances, housing is provided, along with opportunities to advance personal causes, and promote non‐profit organizations in the community.