TRCSTR: Transformational Creative Strategies Training 2022 Cohort Application

Transformational Creative Strategies Training (TRCSTR) is a 5-month cohort training program for community artists. The cohort of 8 participants will be supported by individual and collective mentorship of an 8-person advisory group and will also work collectively to create public projects during the program. TRCSTR is led by artists and organizers, and centers on building personal and collective capacity for bringing transformational change through creative work. TRCSTR offers spaces to grow and practice skills, build connections, share food, questions, and ideas. We explore cultural and creative strategies that prioritize relationship, healing, curiosity, identity, and process. We welcome artists age 18+ of all mediums/ forms to apply.


  • Cost and Stipend: TRCSTR is FREE. Cohort members will be paid a participation stipend of $1,000.
  • Commitment: (Appx 15 hours/ month).
    • Cohort Sessions will take place bi-weekly, Wednesdays 3:00pm-5:30pm. Dates: Orientation June 9th. Cohort sessions 6/15, 6/ 29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5. Snacks provided.
    • Monthly TRCSTR Circles will take place one Thursday evening per Month, 5:30pm-8:00pm. These gatherings will bring together the Cohort and Advisory group for conversations and workshops. Dates: 6/23, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/13 (final Circle and Celebration). Meal + childcare provided.
  • Program Dates: June 9, 2022 -October 13, 2022.
  • Location: All gatherings and sessions will take place in Minneapolis, outdoors or indoors (possibly limited virtual sessions), with care to COVID safety, and access needs.
  • Cohort: The Cohort is the group of 8 participants in the training.
  • Advisory: The Advisory is a group of 8 experienced Mentors/ Advisors who guide and support the program and participants.
  • Mentorship: Cohort members will be paired with an advisory member with whom they connect throughout the program 1:1.
  • Project: Cohort will produce public, collaborative projects during the program, and will each receive a $500 stipend to support project needs (in addition to participation stipend).
  • LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC centered space.

*TRCSTR was developed in partnership between Hope Community and Minneapolis Institute of Art. Beginning in 2022, it is a program of Hope Community.

Application Materials:

1. Resume or CV (optional)
2. 2-4 creative work samples.* Samples may include images, audio files or links, video files or links, documents. They may not be an artist's entire portfolio or website.
3. A document describing work samples (optional)
4. Answers to the questions in this online application See questions below. If you prefer, you may answer questions in an audio or video format. To submit your answers via audio/video, upload files to Youtube, Google drive, vimeo or other shareable web or cloud space and paste the link in the text area. Please test to see if files can be accessed by others.

*Work samples: You may upload your files directly in this application. If files are too large (over 10MB), please send to the email below or send us the link to file in a shareable cloud space. Click the "more information" link next to the file upload area for acceptable file types. Please include your name in your file names, for example: FirstnameLastnameSample_#

Application Submission Deadline

Complete application here and/or have all application materials submitted via email to by 11:59pm April 21, 2022. If you have any questions or need any support or assistance in applying, please reach out at

We are holding an Info Session on Thursday, April 14th from 6-7pm on Zoom if you want to learn more or have questions about the program or application. Register to receive the zoom link. Registration here:

Application Questions

Text responses or video/audio responses welcome.

Note: Expect to hear back from us about possible next steps by May 4th, 2022. We will be scheduling interviews May 10- May 20th

Covid safety protocol
Wear mask during in-person sessions, practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, wash surfaces frequently, communicate with project leads if you are not feeling well or are experiencing the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If you have been exposed first-hand to a confirmed Covid-19 case, communicate with ARC leads before attending in-person engagements. You should either get a covid test (receiving negative results), or quarantining for two weeks before returning to an in-person session.

Thank you for applying!