With the increasing attention that is given to the NFT space, Department of Decentralization believes that it is important to establish a network that supports and onboard new artists in a way that opens up for a more grounded and broader understanding of the space. We need to make sure that artists have enough information to make informed decisions. The crypto space has volatile tendencies and we do not want this to affect artists in a way that puts them in a more precarious situation than before.
These challenges are especially present in permisionless NFT marketplaces. We would like to see artists that join the permisionless marketplaces like Rarible be equipped with the right tools and education to be able to grow alongside the platform. Since the artist community is very large here, and at Department of Decentralization has been working on the intersection of art and tech since 2018, and have an extensive network of art people and technologists backing the collective up, we believe we can help.
As an answer to this DoD suggests an artist residency, run together with Rarible. The residency would be set up in a way that would help with onboarding, educating and supporting artists to become more active in the community.
The first round would be offered to a small group of selected artists, that want to join the platform, or that already are in the platform. If the first round proves to be successful, the residency would be offered on an open call basis.
During the residency, the selected artists would have virtual studio visits, calls and meetings with staff from both DoD and the collaborator, but also with a few selected people from outside the organisations, such as curators, critics, collectors and other stakeholders within the community.
The ideal scenario of the residency would be to establish and offer the following:
- A robust support network that helps new artists to find their space within the community
- Guidance on how to navigate the community
- Introduce new artists to collectors, curators, and other stakeholders inside the community
- Support in building long-lasting networks
- Subsidized ETH gas fees
For the initial residency, DoD suggests starting with two or three artists. A smaller number would guarantee more dedicated time and resources, and as result, we would be able to offer the best possible attention to the selected artists.
Budget requested: 3 ETH for the first pilot
We have prepared our own goals to ensure this is a fully transparent proposal.
Goals Department of Decentralization:
- Expand our network of artists and creatives
- Identify problems in the space and improve upon them, work towards new industry reports
- Earn recognition between art marketplaces as a supporting entity
- Facilitate future art shows and initiatives
- Get more traction and recognition of our grassroots work (future and previous)
- Grow the collab with the collaborator for mutual growth and support
- Help in sharing news about initiatives and work