Artist Fellowship Program

Artistic Disciplines

Select one (1) Primary Discipline and up to four (4) Secondary Disciplines.

The definitions provided below may assist applicants when selecting appropriate disciplines. The disciplines are only used to support the review process by aligning applicants into peer review panels. 

Primary Disciplines - select the one that best describes your work:

Community / Teaching  an artist of any discipline with a focus on teaching, mentoring, and integrating their art form(s), perspectives, and skills into a wide range of settings such as classrooms, community, social, etc.
Choreography / Dance performing art form using human movement in a rhythmic/sequence of steps 
Cultural / Traditional Arts
Artistic practice such as music, dance, visual arts, oral narrative, etc. created and preserved within communities that share cultural connection such as a common ethnic identity, language, religion, occupation, or geographic location. Whether performed or handcrafted, these deeply rooted cultural expressions reflect a community's aesthetic heritage. Cultural / Traditional Arts are usually learned from skilled practitioners steeped in the tradition, through an informal but intensive process that takes place over a long period of time rather than through books, classes, or institutional instruction.
Design creative development that often results in functional applications 
Digital Media / Film
artistic work where the primary focus of audience engagement involves digital content that can be transmitted over the internet or computer networks -may include text, audio, video, graphics or may primarily be developed for cinema viewing
Literary Arts
written works on any subject (poems, novels, etc.)
Music art form using sounds made by instruments, voices, computers, or a combination of them
Theater / Playwriting
performing art form with live performers typically on a stage for a live audience and/or the writing of theatrical plays
Visual Arts art created for visual perception (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, etc.)


Secondary Disciplines - select up to four (4)

  • One (1) Secondary Discipline - required
  • Three (3) additional Secondary Disciplines - optional 

Applicants may select disciplines listed below or include others that more appropriately define your work.  

Animation a technique involving a succession of images, puppets, models, to create the illusion of movement
Architecture the design of structures, often reserved for functional purposes but includes conceptual design renderings of complex structures
Ballet  highly formalized set of steps and gestures performed to music with precision 
Book Arts  artistry of bookmaking, books made as art objects either as a single object or in a limited series
Children's Music  music developed specifically for young audiences
Choreography  composing and arranging various movements of dance through steps, patterns, and composition 
Classical Music  genre of music composition and includes forms such as symphony, concerto, sonata, etc. 
Collaborative Art art made in collaboration with others (often with non-artists) as part of the process and end product
Crafts  made substantially by hand, primary artistic process is skill and technique
Creative Non-Fiction  distinguished by a strong narrative voice, such as memoir, personal essay, or descriptive prose 
Documentary Film  nonfictional production generally for the purpose of education, historical record, or instruction  
Dramatic Writing
a prose or verse composition with a storyline presented in dialogue for the purpose of developing a stage play, screenplay, musical, etc.
Environmental Art  artistic work integrated into the environment or makes a statement on environmental issues 
Feature Film generally between 70 and 210 minutes long 
Fiction all varieties and genres of fiction, including novels, short stories 
developed primarily for cinema viewing
Folk Dance  dance typically passed down from one generation to another and is based on customs and traditions often used in storytelling 
Folk Music  music typically passed down from one generation to another and is based on customs and traditions often used in storytelling  
Functional Art  artist made objects that serve a utilitarian purpose such as furniture, lighting, pottery, etc.  
Graphic Design visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience
Hip Hop  a subculture which includes rap music, break dancing, and graffiti art
Illustration  visual explanation of a text, a picture in a book, for a poster, or other graphical purpose 
Improv Theater live theater in which the dialogue and plot are made up in the moment 
Installation a relationship / interaction between the art (primarily 3D sculptural elements) and a viewer within the space occupied by the artwork 
Interactive Art art that is interactive and/or engages an audience in a time and place, the spectator is often the key piece that allows the art to achieve its purpose
Internet Art internet- and social media-based art in which distribution and interaction via the internet is central to the creation, presentation, or understanding of the work
Jazz / Blues  genre of music composition and includes styles such as jazz, blues, swing, bebop, etc. 
Mixed Media 2D  two-dimensional art using a combination of material, includes collage
Mixed Media 3D three-dimensional art using a combination of material, includes assemblage
Modern / Contemporary Dance  a broad genre of dance using the entire body in movements that express abstract ideas 
Multimedia integration of different media forms such as visual arts, literary, audio, video, dance, etc. 
Music Composition  compositions in any style of music 
Music Production  music composition that primarily uses electronic technology as part of the production using electronic instruments, synthesizers, computers, etc. 
Musicals a play in which singing and dancing is an essential part 
New Media  digital and technology-based art in which the computer or a form of digital technology is central to the creation, presentation, or understanding of the work - includes multimedia arts, electronic arts, virtual reality 
Opera genre of music composition developed for singers and musicians, performance of dramatic work
Orchestra / Ensembles genre of music composition involving a group of instrumental musicians
Painting  painting of any medium or combinations of mediums - oil, encaustic, watercolor, acrylic, etc. 
Performance Art  a combination of visual art and dramatic performance disciplines, typically in a live performance 
Photography any work in which photographic technique is the primary emphasis 
Playwriting  the writing of theatrical plays
Poetry  all forms and genres of original poetry (translations are not eligible)
Pop Music genre of music that is continuously evolving and borrows elements from other styles to create music of popular appeal 
Printmaking  artistic process that involves transferring images from one surface to another, includes woodcut, etching, engraving, lithography, screenprinting, etc. 
Public Art any artistic media planned and carried out in a public domain (typically accessible to all) 
Puppetry  the production and creation of puppets and puppet performances 
Screenwriting  the writing of stage plays, screenplays, teleplays, libretti, radio plays, and audio dramas 
Sculpture  sculpture of any medium or combination of mediums, includes stand alone or suspended work 
Short Film generally has a run time of 40 minutes or less (including credits) 
Social Practice  art medium of any kind that focuses on social engagement and invites collaborations, typically the focus is on social issues within a community
Songwriting the process of writing lyrics, melodies, and chord progressions for songs 
Soundscape  music composition with a focus on natural environmental sounds, sound design, and acoustics 
Spoken Word  oral art form with a focus on the aesthetic of word play and voice inflection, performance-based poetry recitation, includes poetry slams, traditional poetry reading, and prose monologues 
Storytelling  interactive art involving words and actions to reveal a story while encouraging the imagination of active listeners 
Textile Design the process of creating designs that are printed on fabrics, woven, knitted, etc. 
Young Readers  literature developed specifically for young audiences
Youth Theater theater developed specifically for young audiences

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