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.”

[poem text + audio in link]

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.

While the window for submitting proposals is now closed, we invite you to make work in conversation with this poem and share it with us during our mid-month check-ins on Instagram using the hashtag #apossiblepractice2020. Mid-month check ins happen on the third Wednesday of every month.


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, etc.; 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.


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