Resident Artist Opportunity
ProjectArt’s resident artists are socially-minded 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. The organization has provided nearly 50 residencies in six cities since 2016. The resident cohort will continue to increase as the organization’s programs expand throughout the country.
The Residency Model
Resident artists participate in a 9-month residency from September through June. Each artist is assigned to a public library where they teach, mentor youth, and create new work in the library’s community room–3 hours are allocated to teaching and 10 hours may be spent making artwork on a weekly basis. The artists teach students of varying age groups three classes per week using a curriculum of their design. Artists create their academic year-long curriculum prior to the Fall semester in order to be well equipped and prepared. ProjectArt maintains a 15:1 resident student ratio with 15 students enrolled in each one-hour class; each resident mentors a total of 45 youth per library.
ProjectArt encourages its resident artists to embrace their creativity and think outside the box. They are not restricted to using the library’s community room – the main library space is often available to artists who want to create art for the library. 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 residency culminates in a professionally curated resident group exhibition at a partner gallery, featuring works created by the residents during the year.
Annual Recruitment Process
ProjectArt carefully selects its resident artists. The recruitment process begins each year in May when ProjectArt releases an RFP to various public platforms, publicizing the organization’s search for socially-minded artists from around the country to participate in the 9-month residency. The submissions are juried by art world professionals, and upon their recommendation, ProjectArt staff conducts in-person interviews with key candidates around July and August. Training occurs in August and the new cohort of residents begin their residency that September
The Residency Provides
1. Public Library resources to conduct research and advance the artistic practice
2. Teaching compensation
3. Year-end resident group exhibition and panel discussion at a contemporary art gallery
4. Monthly Salons/ Discussion Forums
5. Visibility on ProjectArt’s social media platforms and PR promotion
6. Recurring artist organization meet-ups.
7. Introductions to museums and galleries and ProjectArt’s network of art world professionals
8. Opportunity to participate/ conduct artist activations with the organization’s corporate partners