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 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.


  • GOAL PLANNING –participants visit with our staff and develop a strategy for their professional advancement.

  • STUDIO TRAINING – participants learn the general operation of the In Progress studio and access program. Once trained, artists may reserve creative time in the building to practice and further develop their skills.

  • SKILL TRAINING - participants work with professional artists to learn technical applications of professional digital art-making tools.

  • BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS - skill training in business start-up concepts including grant writing, business plan development and financial planning.

  • MASTER SESSIONS - nationally recognized artists share their insights and approaches to living as career artists introducing new channels for professional networking.

  • MENTORSHIP - participants receive specialized mentorship based on identified learning needs that are designed to advance the quality and content of their work.

  • PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT – participants create web portfolios that highlight their work, receiving guidance on content and writing development.

  • PRESENTATION - participants gather to publicly present their artwork upon conclusion of the program.

Becoming a NEXUS artist requires a commitment of time, dedication to learning, collaboration, and the willingness to challenge/support yourself and others. Some level experience is expected to participate in this program.  Space is limited to 24  new participants each year and a commitment to full participation is a requirement to maintain access and training privileges.

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

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.