stARTup is a mentoring program for early career artists giving them a platform to hone their craft, gain exposure and a space to work, exhibit and perform.

If you would like to be considered, email our project coordinator at: publicrelations@artsbythepeople.org


The 2nd Best Dance Company was commissioned to bring their unique on-site performance to a house turned theater in New Jersey. Housewarming is part funeral, part cleaning day, part candlelit dinner for one, and tests the bounds of what and whom we consider home.

2nd Best Dance Company

Will Noling
Courtney Barth
Taylor Boyland
Mitch Christie

Choreographers: Hannah Garner & Ryan Yamauchi



Our stARTup recipient in 2018, was artist Synnamon Brown. ARTS By The People helped her realize a project she created titled, “Butterfly Effects: A Journey Through Convalescent Lines,” which involves creating portraits of various people following an in-depth interview between Synnamon and each participant.

From Synnamon about the project: “Emotional intelligence is achieved by recognizing that each individual has an unique way of processing emotions. The human experience is characterized by communication and relationships with others. That experience is amplified once one makes the conscious decision to explore the various dimensions of perception.”