Each year, A CLEARING invites Maine-based artists, writers, musicians, dancers, et al. to make work in conversation with a chosen poem. We call this recurring creative cycle A POSSIBLE PRACTICE.

Our 2O2O poem will be announced in February. We will be accepting proposals February 1-29, 2O2O. Decisions will be made in early March, with artwork due by May / June.

In the meanwhile, check out what we did last year!


After the poem announcement and open call for artists goes live, artists are invited to send creative proposals via Google doc to become a featured artist. Artists are selected based on the quality of their work samples and its connection to that cycle’s poem. Work in any medium by Maine-based creatives is welcome. To us, “work” means any thoughtful interaction with the theme through your original creation in any medium including visual, audio, text, performance, interactive workshop, et al.; collaborations and returning artists welcome. A CLEARING shares and promotes the selected work through community happenings, social media, and sales. We ask that featured artists take part in one artist’s interview for our blog and one week-long Instagram takeover. All selected featured artists are paid an equal $50 stipend for participating. Accepted artists have the option selling pieces created in our online shop. To make this practice sustainable, A CLEARING receives a 30% portion of profit of all art sold. Artists price their own work. Participation with the poem is not limited to featured artists and the application process. At any time throughout the season, you can choose to create work in response to our theme, tagging us on Instagram and using the hashtag #apossiblepractice. We may ask if we can share your work on our social media or contact you for further collaboration (artist interviews, blog features, permission to reprint, etc.), deepening the collective conversation. This practice is open to makers of all kinds. We can’t wait to see your work.


Reflections from A CLEARING in your inbox.
On letterhead, mostly monthly.