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.

In 2O2O, we will be creating work in conversation with Franny Choi’s poem “The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On.”

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Through this piece, we will reckon with our cyclical tides of apocalypse—past, present, prophetic—to crack open a door to processing our collective grief through art. We will continue the practice we started last cycle of naming as a means to know; as we give language to these apocalypses, we begin to see them (and our roles in them) more clearly. If this strikes a chord with you, please submit your proposal below. Proposals accepted February 1-29, 2020.



Open to all Maine-based artists. We strongly encourage proposals from traditionally marginalized and/or geographically remote artists. Artists will be selected on the strength of proposals as they relate to the current cycle’s poem. Work in any medium by Maine-based artists 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 featured 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. Work will also be included in a retrospective artist’s book—a love letter to our 2020 cycle of practice. Each participating artist receives a collaborator copy of the book.

Curious about what A POSSIBLE PRACTICE looks like in practice? Check out what we did last year!


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