WHAT: The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program provides opportunities to engage teams of local artists and youth to make decisions about land use, public space, and neighborhood revitalization through the creation of public art. Together, we create inclusive & collaborative public art projects that align youth driven planning with broader community goals. Projects may create neighborhood infrastructure, contribute to neighborhood beautification, or tell a story about a pertinent issue through public art.
WHY: Public art has the ability to bring the arts into people’s everyday lives, brighten blighted blocks and inspire a new vision of what is possible in our neighborhoods. Each of these factors demonstrates the power and ability of the arts to shift perceptions, create identity and inspire pride within our neighborhoods.
WHO: Participating artists and youth will gain an understanding of the public art process, learn from and talk to key decision makers and share ideas with the wider community. The artist’s role is to teach the design process from idea conception through creation and installation. A.W.E. provides project management and engages neighborhood stakeholders in the process to fuel research, aid in site selection and participate in a culminating celebration. Additional experts in the fields of natural science, architecture, graphic design and urban planning may be utilized based on the scope and scale of each project.
WHERE: Project sessions take place in schools and youth-serving community settings in Clarke Square, Harambee, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights and Washington Park neighborhoods.
PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES: We are seeking a professional and emerging artist for up to 10 projects. This is a paid opportunity and artist stipends range from $1,350-$2,800 per project. Budgets for materials range according to the project. Projects are roughly 45 hours of programming and start in February, March or June and run through the end of school in June or the end of summer break in August.
Call for artists opens Sep. 15th, apply as soon as possible
Artists will be notified of selection for interviews within 1 month of application
Artists will be hired on a rolling basis as programs are scheduled throughout the year
For questions, contact John Kowalczyk firstname.lastname@example.org