Open Call

THE POPUP: Nashville


With Funding
Nashville, United States


Any national or international, mid to advanced career creatives of any and every discipline are invited to apply for free. Early career artists who may not have a portfolio broad enough for submission, are invited to apply to the discounted "Apprentice Track". Those interested in yoga, mindfulness, social media, artist management or event production are also welcome to apply to the "Apprentice Track”.

Number of Participants

10+. As our program is based around multi-disciplined collaboration, groups will be limited to 10 creatives; however, there may be more than one group working at a time who will come together for meals, cultural outings and conference events.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 18, 2020 - February 27, 2020


  • $5,000.00 material budget (one-time)


  • $3,500.00 program fee (one-time)


Conference Rooms, Co-Working, Desk Space




Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks, Tea, Vegan

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Courses, Critique, Demo Day, Discussion, Exhibition, Festival, Forum, Group Dinners, Mentors, Mural Projects, Open Studios, Panel, Performances, Professional Development, Readings, Retreat, Round Tables, Seminars, Visiting Professionals, Work Exchange, Workshops, Yoga


Acting, Activists, Administrators, Animation, Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Arts Administrator, Augmented Reality, Ballet, Biotech, Blacksmith, Blockchain, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Choreography, Cinematography, Collective, Comedy, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Dance, Dance Groups, Design, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Media, DJ / Nightlife, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Jewelry, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Museum Technology, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Robotics, Scholar, Scientists, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Start Up, Tech, Textile, Theatre, Theatre Directors, Thinkers, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology, Web Design, Web Development



Program Description

THE POPUP can only be described as equal parts Artist Residency, Collaborative Exhibition, Creative Conference, Cultural Excursion and Imagination Bootcamp. Creatives of every discipline are invited to apply for an experience that can only happen in one town, with one team, at one time. We are thrilled to be hosting our Nashville event at the iconic and historic Union Station Hotel where we will participate in our daily creative sessions, catered meals and 5 star accommodations. A jam packed schedule filled with guest speakers, panel discussions, tours, museums, concerts, podcast recordings, workshops and more... we'll participate in a pre-planned collaboration with Nashville musicians midweek and finish our time together with a climactic, experiential collaboration. Field trips to The Parthenon, Music Row, Schermerhorn Center, Printer's Alley and the Ryman Auditorium will inspire our work and fuel our thesis. If you're looking for a unique, creative experience... check us out.

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