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Adobe Launches Creative Residency Community Fund Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

30 April 2020

As well as naming two new creative residents for 2020, Adobe has launched a $1 million Creative Residency Community Fund "in response to the extensive need in the creative community for monetary support and career guidance."


You can apply for either a paid Adobe project commission or a grant for your own project. Both options pay between $500 and $5,000 with grants awarded monthly for 12 months. Applications are due June 1.

Requirements for "visual creators," including photographers and videographers, include:

  • Proficiency in English
    (except for Japanese candidates, who must be proficient in Japanese)
  • At least 18 years old (no advanced degree needed)

"As always, the creators we select will be passionate about creating personally fulfilling work, sharing their journeys and activating fellow creatives to craft the careers they want by empowering them with knowledge," the company noted.


At the same time, Adobe announced two creative residents for 2020. They are photographer Christina Poku and UI/UX designer Maddy Beard.

London-based Christina Poku is investigating the idea of technology as abundance. She's using photography, GIFs and set design to make staged scenes that explore how technology can create growth, build community and change barriers to access. And she's sharing her journey with fellow creatives via Instagram, TikTok and more. Her long-term goal is to run a full-service photography studio and multidisciplinary practice that merges physical and virtual elements in digital images and she looks forward to collaborating with 3D artists, set designers and motion designers.

Dever-based Maddy Beard is exploring the use of interaction design to promote mindfulness in daily life. She's partnering with brands to design experiences that help people use tech as a tool rather than a crutch. And she's sharing her designs, processes, findings and her own day-to-day life through photos, videos, articles and interactive challenges. In the future, she hopes to have a career as a freelance designer. She'd like to work for innovative brands, create designs that reach millions of people and be a leader in the design community.

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