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Indigo Arts Alliance

Building Artists Relationships that Last a Lifetime

Indigo Arts Alliance is a Black owned/operated Artist Residency Program based in Portland, Maine. Founded in 2019, Indigo Arts Alliance has worked to amplify creative expressions and build greater opportunities for artists of color in Maine’s local arts scene.

Our artists residency program works to connect artists from the Portland community with artists across the African Diaspora, elevating the voices and visions of Maine’s Black and Brown community members in the marginalized spaces they’ve historically occupied.

Together, artists and our foundation mutually support each other to ensure a future wherein the cultures and traditions of Black and Brown artists are visible and validated.


Work With Us

Since our beginnings IAA has always strived to embody community building and creativity in our work, and as we enter our 5th year of operations we are excited to invite the brilliant minds that are HBCU Students and their alumni to help us continue this mission.

Working with IAA will give HBCU Students & Alumni the opportunity to sharpen their career skillsets and learn the inner workings of a community oriented non profit organization. Working directly with our artists, interns will participate in building an international network of Black and Brown artists.



For students passionate about the arts, Indigo Arts Alliance provides hands-on experience and gives students the opportunity to continue working in a Black led organization, while learning skills that are vital to their matriculation. They are available for undergraduate students as well as recent graduates who graduated within a year of applying. Students with the following degrees are encouraged to apply; fine arts, marketing; public relations; journalism; creative writing; art history; and African/African American Studies. These internships account for 3 credits, offer 135 professional development hours, and a $1,500 stipend.

Cultivating the Artistic Development of people of Black and Brown descent.

Acting as both parts a studio and an event space, IAA’s headquarters have become a known place for community gathering and an incubator to artistic expressions. Working at Indigo Arts Alliance offices will have you stationed at a crossroads for creative exchange as you will encounter artists from many backgrounds who work across an array of mediums.

Alongside that, work with IAA will give interns a sheer look at the unique and diverse arts scene that defines Portland.

Artists in Residence

Meet our artists! Indigo Arts Alliance provides a creative environment for the production of artwork in all media across disciplines.

“Having spent a lot of time in white spaces, it was so great to be in a residency surrounded by artists and people of color that is cultivating space of care and giving.”
Tanya Crane, Artist in Residence, April 2022


Indigo Arts Curatorial
Transformative Narratives in Exhibition

The curatorial endeavors of Indigo Arts Alliance serve as a powerful platform for dialogue, empowerment, and cultural exchange.

Through partnership efforts with numerous museum and art gallery partners, Indigo Arts Alliance presents the unique perspectives and stories of Black and Brown artists as they engage individually or in collaboration, across a wide range of artistic expressions.


Indigo Arts Symposia
Interchanging Ideas in Community

If art is a mirror, then our Symposia takes us through the looking glass. Indigo Arts Alliance seeks to curate thoughtful panels in meaningful spaces, which provoke conversation and change in our communities at large. Through these larger scale events, we continuously seek new and engaging ways in which artists and influential thought leaders can teach attendees via workshops, presentations, public conversations, and more.


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