The initiative will incubate a new generation of digital artists by providing them with funding, support and a professional mentor.
The Avalanche Foundation has announced a new initiative that will support, fund and guide up-and-coming artists in the NFT space. The project aims to nourish creators while accelerating the Avalanche blockchain ecosystem.
The initiative has two key components: the Artist in Residence program (AIR), and the Mona Lisa initiative (MLI).
The Artist in Residence program will provide 50+ creators with funding and mentorship from established NFT artists including Emmy-winning motion graphics artist Emonee LaRussa, photographer and founder of ALLSHIPS Dave Krugman, and Ryan Wen from popular NFT project Valhalla.
The residency will last for 6 months and is open to artists of all skill levels.
Through the Mona Lisa Initiative, Avalanche will collaborate with curatorial teams from all backgrounds to acquire Avalanche NFTs, cementing a next generation of digital art NFTs.
What is Avalanche?
Avalanche is the fastest smart contracts platform in the blockchain industry, as measured by time-to-finality. It’s also low cost and eco-friendly, making it a popular choice for NFT minting. It achieves consensus by proof-of-stake, secured by the native token AVAX.
The blockchain appears to be on a mission to race ahead of its competitors such as Ethereum. In January 2023, Avalanche partnered with Amazon to improve its infrastructure and decentralized application ecosystem. The following month, it partnered up with Indian game streaming platform Loco.
How can I apply to be an Avalanche Artist in Residence?
The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is open to digital artists around the world, working in every medium.
To be selected, you must:
- Create 1 collection (7+ pieces) on Avalanche.
- Have desire to explore Web3 and join the Avalanche ecosystem.
- Be a community builder and a representative of your community/region and share your creative process.
You can apply here. The deadline closes on April 28.