Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For applying to the IMAN Artist Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives

Where can I preview the IMAN Artist Roster application questions before applying?
Preview application questions here.

Where can I access the IMAN Artist Roster Application? Note: Applications are now closed.
The 2018 Applications for IMAN’s Artist Roster is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the deadline, your application and/or any technical difficulties experienced during your application process, please feel free to contact us at arts@imancentral.org. We are happy to help.

Join IMAN’s mailing list to be notified when 2019 Applications open in the fall of 2018 and to follow our Arts & Culture events. Thank you for your interest!

Where can I access the Sacred Cypher Creatives application? Note: Applications are now closed.
The 2018 Applications for Sacred Cypher Creatives is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the deadline, your application and/or any technical difficulties experienced during your application process, please feel free to contact us at arts@imancentral.org. We are happy to help.

Join IMAN’s mailing list to be notified when 2019 Applications open in the fall of 2018 and to follow our Arts & Culture events. Thank you for your interest!

Who is eligible to apply?
For the Artist Roster: Working performing and visual artists at various stages of career development who align with IMAN’s Mission and Arts & Culture Philosophy are eligible to apply. Eligible artists based in any part of the USA and abroad are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

For Sacred Cypher Creatives: Artists who have worked and been presented as part of IMAN’s programming within the past three years are eligible to apply. For this inaugural year, artists may apply for both the Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives simultaneously. Access to the Sacred Cypher Creatives application is only available after submitting an application to the Roster. Eligible artists based in any part of the USA and abroad are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

When is the deadline to apply?
Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST.

Do I have to live in or move to Chicago or Atlanta in order to be considered for or to participate in IMAN’s Artist Roster or Sacred Cypher Creatives?
Not at all. While the majority of our programs take place in relationship to IMAN’s campuses in Chicago and Atlanta, applicants do not need to be based in Chicago or Atlanta to apply or participate. IMAN Arts & Culture intentionally and frequently presents, engages and builds relationships with artists from throughout the USA and internationally through our programs and residencies. Eligible artists based in any part of the USA and abroad are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

How often do the Artists on the Roster change?
IMAN values long-term relationships, so Artists can potentially remain part of the Roster as long as their work and commitment to IMAN’s mission and values remains active. The process for expanding, shifting and/or rotating Artists on the Roster will be evaluated and further developed throughout this inaugural year. However, our goal is for the overall size of the Roster to be kept small enough to facilitate in-depth conversations, active participation and sustainable relationships to make an impact over time. We expect that as Artists cycle through various opportunities in their careers, some may transition away from active Roster membership while remaining engaged as part of IMAN’s overall artist network. This gradual and inevitable process allows the Roster to remain dynamic by periodically inviting applications for new Artists to join. Join IMAN’s email list to receive future announcements for the opening of Artist Roster applications.

Can I apply for the Sacred Cypher Creatives program without applying for the Roster?
No. Sacred Cypher Creatives are selected from artists who are on the Roster. For this inaugural year, artists may apply for both the Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives simultaneously. But you must first apply for Roster in order to access the Sacred Cypher Creatives application.
Please note, the deadline to apply for Sacred Cypher Creatives is Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST. If you are interested in both the Artists Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives, we recommend submitting your Artist Roster application at least a week before the December 29, 2017 deadline to allow adequate time for you to also complete the Sacred Cypher Creatives application by the deadline.

How are artists selected? Who reviews applications for the Artist Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives?
Applications will be reviewed by a panel that may include representatives from IMAN’s staff and board of directors, current IMAN-aligned artists, as well as other professionals and leaders in the U.S. arts and cultural field. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong alignment with IMAN’s overall mission, current initiatives and programs, Arts & Culture philosophy as well as a deep commitment to community, social change and cultural equity.

How can I get more information about the IMAN Artist Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives? What if I have a question that is not answered on the site?
We hosted and recorded an Information & Application Support Session on December 13th. You can access the recording of the session here. Email us at arts@imancentral.org with additional questions.

How can I get help with technical issues for submitting my application?
Email us at arts@imancentral.org.

How To Apply – Applications are now closed.

The 2018 Applications for IMAN’s Artist Roster and Sacred Cypher Creatives are now closed. If you have any questions regarding the deadline, your application and/or any technical difficulties experienced during your application process, please feel free to contact us at arts@imancentral.org. We are happy to help.

Join IMAN’s mailing list to be notified when 2019 Applications open in the fall of 2018 and to follow our Arts & Culture events. Thank you for your interest!