professional development opportunities for artists

NEXUS is dedicated to increasing the professional expertise and viability of emerging artists from under-represented communities. The program includes professional skill training, mentorship, portfolio development,  and networking opportunities.     It is a mentorship program for self-taught artists that are committed to learning what it takes to be a creative digital producer in the areas of film, photography, and music.    If accepted into the program, you will receive unprecedented access to equipment, space, and artistic training at no financial cost.   The program is dedicated to building support systems and removing economic, cultural, and racial barriers that face many artists living and working in Minnesota.

Becoming a NEXUS artist requires a commitment of time, dedication to learning, collaboration, and the willingness to challenge/support yourself and others . If chosen to participate, you can expect to do the following:   

  • visit with our staff, sharing your interest in the program and presenting samples of previous artwork

  • attend skill building workshops

  • participate in a discipline based mentorship with other participants

  • create new artwork

  • share and discuss your artwork publicly

  • create a web portfolio for public view

  • meet and exchange ideas with other professionals engaged in the program

Some level experience is expected to participate in this program.  Space is also limited to 18  participants each year.  Priority is typically given to those that:

  • live in the north end neighborhood of Saint Paul

  • are 18 and up

  • are self-taught

  • identify as a minority within the larger community

  • are low income or poor

  • are lacking opportunity and access to artmaking opportunities


click on any of the links below to find out more about training opportunities in each digital arts discipline:


Nexus is made possible through the generous support of the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Program.