S&R Foundation Launches Georgetown-Based Pilot for 'Emerging Artists'

March 21, 2016
Washington Business Journal

The historic Georgetown building S&R Foundation purchased for $16.5 million last June is taking steps toward its future identity as an arts incubator.

The D.C.-based nonprofit announced Monday the launch of a pilot “Studios Program” at Fillmore School, which will serve as studio space for up to 10 artists pursuing independent study and individual artistic practice, according to the organization.

This pilot program is the “initial phase” of the organization’s vision in working to infuse new life into the arts community, by meeting the region's need for studio space and affordable resources, S&R president Sachiko Kuno said in a statement Monday.

The accepted artists will receive six months of free space to work, and will participate in a public exhibition at the end of the program.

Fillmore could eventually follow a similar format to that of the foundation’s anchor program, Halcyon Incubator, a residency fellowship for social entrepreneurs. S&R “would like to create a similar type of immersive experience with the same sorts of robust support for socially minded artists,” its Chief Operating Officer Kate Goodall told us in February.

The foundation is planning to introduce “Phase Two,” a fellowship program at Fillmore, in the fall of 2017.

The Fillmore School building at 1801 35th St. NW was the S&R Foundation’s third major real estate purchase: it bought Halcyon House for $11 million in 2011, following the Evermay estate, which it purchased for $22 million.

S&R supports artists, scientists and social entrepreneurs through cross-cultural programs and fellowships. Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno, founders ofSucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the Washington Business Journal’s Philanthropists of the Year, created the nonprofit in 2000.

The pilot will run from May 9 through Nov. 6. The application process is open through 5 p.m. April 6. Eligibility requirements and applications can be foundhere.