Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company’s mission is to celebrate the rich traditions of Black storytelling while giving voice to bold new artists from all cultures. True Colors thrives at the intersection of artistic excellence and civic engagement and is a nurturing home for black artists with a professional community that spans the globe and includes members such as Samuel L. Jackson, Jasmine Guy, and Phylicia Rashad. 

As part of the Next Narrative initiative, True Colors is launching the Dihvinely Konnecked (DK) Commissions program intended to identify, center, and interweave emerging Black artists into our rich and accomplished network of talent. Sponsored by Stefaniyemiya Ingram’s Dihvinely Konnecked Productions, the DK fellows will be part of the celebration of voices in True Colors’ 18th Anniversary Season – Joy and Pain. Joy and Pain explores the juxtaposition and intermixing of these emotions in the lives of Black people. 

True Colors will commission ten (10) early-career Atlanta based artists to produce a five (5) minute digital interpretation of the Joy and Pain theme. The selected artists will receive $500 to produce their content and will be featured artists promoted across the True Colors community.  Final presentations will be shared publicly and virtually on our various channels in early Spring 2021.

Dihvinely Konnecked Commissions

Micro-Commissions for Early Career Artists


Important Program Dates

  • Monday, November 2nd – Program Launch/Submission Form Opens
  • Friday, November 20th – Submission Form Closes at 12 pm (noon) EST
  • Friday, December 11th – Final Notifications Sent to Applicants
  • Friday, January 22th – Commissioned Artist Content Due
  • February 2021 – Artists Presentations

Artists within the following disciplines are encouraged to submit their work for consideration:

  • Dance (dancers, choreographers, etc.)
  • Design (fashion, graphic, industrial, object, all forms of architecture, etc.)
  • Film/Digital/Media (animation, documentary, episodic, experimental, narrative, technology, etc.)
  • Literary (short stories, poetry, and original plays)
  • Music (composers, musicians; classical, contemporary, experimental, folk, instrumental, jazz, pop, world, etc.)
  • Theater & Performance (acting, directing, experimental, live-action, playwriting, puppetry, tactical and site performance, etc.)
  • Visual Art (installation, painting, performance art, photography, crafts, sculpture, sound art, video, etc.)


True Colors recognizes theatre as a highly collaborative art form whose hues are deepened and textures are better achieved when an amalgamation of artists is activated and engaged in the creative process. We understand that the transference of art from page to stage and finally into the magic experienced by an audience is best actualized by the applied efforts of a diverse coalition of artists. True Colors aims to unify, activate, and engage artists across multiple disciplines within the local Atlanta arts community with this program.

We welcome submissions from artists who:

  • align with True Colors mission
  • identify as an Early-career/Emerging Professional artist
  • reside in or around the Atlanta-metro area
  • identify as an artist of the African diaspora
  • are at least 18 years old

Evaluation Criteria

A panel of local established artists from various disciplines will select the commissioned artists. The panelists will use the following criteria to evaluate all submissions:

  • 30%: Articulation of Artistic Vision – Did the applicant clearly articulate the project’s artistic vision and aesthetic direction in alignment with the theme of Joy and Pain?
  • 30%: Alignment with True Colors Mission – Does the artist’s work align with True Colors’ mission to celebrate the rich traditions of Black storytelling?
  • 25%: Expression of Artistic Excellence – Is the artist on a path towards artistic excellence? Does the artist demonstrate a commitment to their artistic practice? 
  • 15%: Civic Engagement – Does the artist or their work demonstrate awareness or involvement in the community and of the world around them?

How to Apply

To apply, complete this submission form.

All submissions are due Friday, November 20th, by 12 pm EST. 

For questions, please email Clarissa Crawford at

Dihvinely Konnecked Commissions - Micro-Commissions for Early Career Artists

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