Call for Artists - Flight School: Professional Development Program

Date Span: 
March 1 to May 8
January 4

Flight School is a program designed for the benefit of you: the professional artist living and working in Pittsburgh. The weekly workload is heavy, and the demands placed on fellows is high. But the results can mean a new course of action - an opportunity to build a career in which financial and strategic goals can be sustained and grown, with your artwork remaining the central feature of your life.

15 selected Flight School fellows will begin by spending two full days immersed in the intensive Creative Capital Professional Development Program. Following the Creative Capital weekend retreat, Flight School fellows will convene once per week for eight weeks at Pittsburgh Filmmakers to workshop these elements with guest artists, mentors, and leaders from the Pittsburgh nonprofit and artist communities.

Ultimately, the fellows emerge from the program with a strategic plan, a business plan, a sense of confidence about their role as an artist, a toolbox of resources and a network of meaningful relationships to achieve their goals.


All applicants must reside in the Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland. Applicants must be generative artists (i.e., artists who create original works of art such as writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, multi-media artists, filmmakers, and theatremakers.) Applicants should be practicing artists who have been working professionally for at least 5 years.

Artists currently enrolled in a degree-granting program (through September 2012), have gallery representation, or are signed to a label are not eligible.

For this application process, a practicing/professional artist is defined as a person who creates, on an ongoing basis, original works of art within an artistic discipline, and is pursuing this work as a means of livelihood, or a way to achieve the highest level of professional recognition.


Up to 15 applicants will be invited to attend the weekend retreat. A peer panel will make selections according to the criteria outlined below. PF/PCA staff determines eligibility. Diversity will be cultivated to strengthen the program.

Emphasis will be placed on selecting artists who:
- Have creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpreting existing works)
- Appear poised to transition to a new phase of professionalism in his/her artistic career
- Could benefit from setting professional goals and building upon marketing, fundraising, and financial management skills
- Could benefit from a new network of professional artist contacts.

There are more worthy artists than there are spaces in the program. Not being invited to participate should not be viewed as a verdict on your work or your suitability.

Artists invited to participate in the fellowship will be required to attend and fully engage in the Fellowship at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Artists will receive a stipend of $350 upon completion of the Flight School Fellowship. Actual cost of attendance, including meals, and stipend is estimated to total more than $1,500 per participant and is supported by The Heinz Endowment.


Artists will need to purchase The Artist’s Guide: How To Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield, roughly around $12.00.


An information session will be held Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 6pm at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.


Applications must be received by January 4th, 2013 at 5pm. Late applications cannot be considered.