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Social-Practice Residencies :: In the Artists' Own Words

Alliance of Artists Communities




John Luther Adams

“Making Music in the Anthropocene: How should artists engage with times of crisis?”

“When I’m true to the music, when I let the music be whatever it wants to be, then everything else—including any social or political meaning—will follow.”

John Luther Adams

Wendy Call

“Artists Residencies and Social Change”

"Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change" 

I came to writing as a way of understanding the community dynamics that made it difficult for people (at least in the U.S.) to set aside short-term, personal interests and work toward long-term, collective interests.”

Wendy Call

Nicole Lattuca

"Social Practice on Fogo Island" 

"To create a site-specific work for a community, research of that community is essential. An external perspective is only useful to a community if the person offering the perspective has a sense of how the community lives and what the community aspires towards."

Nicole Lattuca | photo by Tag Team Studio

Nandipha Mntambo

Creative Fusion artist-in-residence

“There is not only one way to look at the world. I am trying to find new ways of speaking in the context of a complex globalized experience. I want to encourage a new language of art focused on the understanding that we are all connected.”

Nandipha Mntambo

Caroline Woolard

“Free Social Practice: Working Proposal to Research, Develop, and Reflect Upon Social Practices"

This letter to an anonymous residency program outlines recommendations for supporting artists in the development of social practice work.

Caroline Woolard


Creative Fusion artist-in-residence

“I write about the other side of society, about the people we don’t care about, the people we don’t really see – so we can see them. We have to know other people in order to know ourselves. it’s stupid to try to know ourselves by only telling our own stories.”

Özen Yula

This project is funded in part by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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