A Designer Residency Program: Identifying, Incubating and Promoting New Talent in Fashion

Our Mission: To create a program that develops talent in the area and attracts visionaries from other regions to collaborate, train, and learn from the regional creative community. EMERGE will focus on identifying talent based in the region and providing opportunities via mentorships and workshops with leading thinkers in the fields of fashion, sustainability, manufacturing, and creative design among others. The program will engage one experienced Designer in Residence, and a select amount of local designers. Our ultimate goal is to support the growth of the existing local talent, foster greater levels of creative production, and contribute industry knowledge to the community. 

We are thrilled to announce Bruce Davis, designer and creator of 22nd Element will be the inaugural Designer in Residence for EMERGE. Watch the video below to learn more about Bruce, 22nd Element, and what drives him to create.

Open Call for Cohort Designers Spring 2021

We are searching for 10 Arkansas-based designers to participate in workshops, collaborations, and attend talks with Visiting Mentors and Designers in Residence. These 10 designers will receive a material budget to help with the creation of a program inspired project made while in collaboration with the Designer in Residence. 

Applications are live now through Friday, February 12, 2021!

Please complete the following application and attach supporting images no later than February 12th for consideration. If you have questions please contact preston@arkansasfashion.org

EMERGE Application