Who We’re Looking For

ProjectArt’s resident artists are culturally responsive, contemporary artists chosen by a jury of regional curators, gallerists, and art world professionals. The residency promotes a symbiotic relationship among artists, the nation’s public libraries, and ProjectArt’s students, affecting measurable change in underserved communities whose youth do not have access to arts education in public schools.

Since the residency started in 2016, the organization has provided nearly 100 library residencies in nine cities. The resident cohort will continue to increase as the organization’s programs expand throughout the country. For the first time in our ten year history, we’ve hosted the residency virtually, which included, artists panel discussions, live IG studio visits, and art-world professional consultants.

Residency Overview

Each selected artist teaches and mentors youth at either an assigned partner public library branch, or through virtual classes due to the pandemic. Artists also create and display new work in the library, collaborating with library staff and connecting with the community at large. Two hours are allocated to teaching per week, with one for class preparation. If able, we encourage each resident artist to also spend time in the library each week, developing artwork inspired by the community.

Resident artists teach students of three varying age groups (4-7, 8-12, 13-18) three classes per week. Artists create a year-long class curriculum at the beginning of the residency and work with ProjectArt staff on its development.

*Classes, activities, and exhibitions will be held either in-person or virtually depending on each library and city’s reopening guidelines.

ProjectArt encourages its resident artists to embrace their creativity and think outside the box. Using an assortment of non-toxic and library permitted mediums, many resident artists make works that are inspired by the library setting, its patrons, and reference collection. They also get to know the library patrons and managers, as well as ProjectArt staff. The year culminates in a professionally curated resident group exhibition at a partner gallery, featuring works created by the residents during the year. The residency also offers artists panel discussions, studio visits, and art-world professional consultants.

Residency Highlights

  1. Compensation for both teaching hours and preparation hours

  2. Paid training and additional compensation for end-of-year exhibit.

  3. Intermittent professional development opportunities.

  4. Library-approved, non-toxic teaching supplies furnished by ProjectArt.

  5. Public library resources (digital or in person) to conduct research & to further artistic practice.

  6. End-of-year resident group exhibition, virtual and/or hosted by a partner art gallery.

  7. Visibility on ProjectArt’s social media platforms and PR promotion.

  8. Artist and organization meet-ups: virtual or in person visits to museums or artists studios.

  9. Opportunity to participate and conduct artist activations with organization partners.

About ProjectArt

ProjectArt is a national solution to the ongoing budget cuts to the arts. The program provides access to free visual arts education to children in their own public libraries. Since 2011, ProjectArt has made arts learning accessible to under-resourced communities, targeting minority youth who do not have adequate access to art in their public schools. Our art classes and library residencies are held in over 40 libraries across the country. We currently serve almost 2,000 youth weekly in nine cities: NYC, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, San Francisco, and most recently, Cleveland.

“The residency has helped me to adapt new perspectives on the issues and struggles specific to the community. I have learned more about what challenges the locals and hope that I can retain this over time to incorporate into my artistic practice. The experiences have helped me grow personally and professionally.”

— ProjectArt Resident Artist, Anthony Heinz May

Deadline: 16/06/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: US/Eastern)

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