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AS220

To ensure artists remain part of the fabric of Providence’s revitalized downtown, AS220 offers residential and work studios in its three mixed-use buildings: 115 Empire Street, which is commonly referred to as "Floor 3", the Dreyfus Building, on the corner of Mathewson Street and Washington Street, and the Mercantile Block, neighboring the Dreyfus at 131 Washington Street. AS220 provides space to artists and members of the creative community who demonstrate a genuine need for affordable space, a serious commitment to their creative work, who will participate with and benefit from AS220’s artistic community and resources. The residents of Empire Street, the Dreyfus, and the Mercantile Block are a community of ideas rather than simply a community of tenants. Residential artists must be committed to creating and sustaining a cooperative environment; as part of this, each resident helps support AS220 through a monthly volunteer commitment.
One live/work studio on Empire Street's third floor is reserved for Visiting Artists-in-Residence working on a focused project for a limited period of time, usually one month. Invited artists use AS220’s facilities to create work that inspires conversation and innovation throughout the community. Each project must have a public component, which can take infinite forms but most often our Visiting AIRs offer a public performance, exhibit, installation, artist talk, or workshop and/or share their printed work. All different types of visual artists, writers, performers, and musicians have visited AS220. AS220’s full time staff members sponsor between 10 and 14 artists each year, inviting them to take part in Providence's artistic community through a residence at Empire St.

Location

Providence, Rhode Island: United States

AS220 was founded in 1985 on the principle that freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits. AS220's vision for a local unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts was launched in a one-room rental above the Providence Performing Arts Center with a budget of just $800. Today, the non-profit owns - and enlivens - three mixed-use buildings, totaling over 100,000 square feet, in the heart of Providence's downtown. Though sizable, AS220 is bursting at the seams with: four rotating gallery spaces, a performance space, a youth program, a recording studio, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a high-tech fabrication and electronics lab, a black-box theatre, a dance studio, four dozen affordable live/work studios, an AS220 owned and operated bar and restaurant, plus a handful of locally-grown non-profit and commercial tenants. AS220's facilities and services are available to any artist who needs a place to exhibit, perform, or create original work and its classes and public-access studios are among the most affordable in the nation. Each year, AS220 serves over 1,000 artists, reaching an audience 50,000 strong - and growing. One live/work studio on Empire Street's third floor is reserved for AS220 Visiting Artists-in-Residence. The Empire Street complex is one of three buildings owned and operated by AS220. The Empire Street complex houses The Bar at AS220, AS220 Foo(d), AS220's Performance Space, AS220 Youth (serving young people 14-20), the Paul Krot B&W Community Darkrooms, 3 of 4 Visual Art Exhibition Spaces, 15 live/work and work studios for artists, and the 95 Empire black box theater, dance studio and classroom spaces. Empire Street is also home to commercial tenants: Roberto's Barber Shop and Muldowney's Pub. AS220's other locations are the Dreyfus, 95 Mathewson St and the Mercantile Block, 131 Washington St.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 12
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: NA

Eligibility

  • Application type: Application not available (residency by nomination or invitation only)
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    All residencies must be sponsored by a full time staff member; who serves as the artists' point person.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    no elevator access to 3rd floor
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Music studio (non-recording), Music recording studio, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Theater, Printmaking, Sculpture

Residency Fees

No fee for Visiting Artist Residencies Year-round artists in residence pay monthly rent; most units are income-restricted and designated affordable housing. Residential studios range from approx. $330 for a modest studio on Empire Street with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities to $800-$1125 for a spacious loft in the newly renovated Mercantile Block.

Stipends / other support

Currently no stipends are offered; but free access to our public access studio resources is provided.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Invited artists use AS220’s facilities to create work that inspires conversation and innovation throughout the community. Each project must have a public component, which can take infinite forms but most often our Visiting AIRs offer a public performance, exhibit, installation, artist talk, or workshop and/or share printed work(s).

Contact Information

115 Empire St
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
United States
Tel: 401-831-9327