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Social-Practice Residencies :: Case Studies

Alliance of Artists Communities




Artellewa Art Space (Cairo, Egypt)

Artellewa aims to create a space for reflection during this time of transition; a space for rejuvenation of ideas and progressive thought that connects Ard El Lewa and its inhabitants with the broader culture of the city and the world through art, and creates a unique opportunity for Egyptian and foreign artists to interact and experiment with the local community and environment.

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A Studio in the Woods: Flint and Steel Residencies (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Artists and Tulane University faculty members unite to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change.

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Atlantic Center for the Arts: Community Artist-in-Residence Program (New Smyrna Beach, Florida)

ACA’s CAIR program hosts artists to inspire, enliven, and engage the local community.

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Atlantic Center for the Arts 

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: Carver Bank Residency (Omaha, Nebraska)

Bemis aims to connect a variety of artistic practices to local issues and invite community voices to the center of the dialogue and debate.

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“Bemis Launches New Public Engagement Initiative”

Bemis Center | Carver Bank 

Cleveland Foundation: Creative Fusion (Cleveland, Ohio)

Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists. Cleveland cultural organizations serve as the artist’s host and creative home, providing the conditions to support new creative work, creative exchange with local artists and for engagement with the Cleveland community.

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Documentation of the first year of Creative Fusion

Creative Fusion 

Coleman Center for the Arts (York, Alabama)

Coleman Center for the Arts uses contemporary art to foster positive social change, answer civic needs, build local pride, and uses creativity for community problem-solving.

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Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, California)

Focused on artists working in community-engaged practices, Grand Central Art Center residencies are centered on discovery, creative process, and relationships through an open collaborative and immersed approach.

Our case study focuses on GCAC's collaboration with Community Engagement to offer residencies. Please visit for more information on GCAC's other residency programs.

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The Laundromat Project (New York City)

Laundromat Project amplifies the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow.

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"The Laundromat Project (en)lightens the load"

Laundromat Project 

McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, North Carolina)

McColl Center empowers artists to advance community through the creative process. Guided by its Spheres of Impact, McColl Center champions the art of our times and the artists who strive to discover all possibilities, both real and yet to be imagined.

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"Building Connections Between Artists and Communities


Neighborhood Time Exchange (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Neighborhood Time Exchange brings together artists and community members to dream up creative community-led projects for the neighborhood.

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New Philly Residency Program Combines Endeavors Artistic, Altruistic

 Neighborhood Time Exchange

Project Row Houses (Houston, Texas)

Central to the vision of PRH is the social role of art as seen in neighborhood revitalization, historic preservation, community service, and youth education. The programs of PRH are built around Five Pillars: Art and Creativity, Education, Social Safety Nets, Architecture, and Sustainability.

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 Project Row Houses

Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Santa Fe Art Institute is a cultural organization that seeks to address a critical question: how can SFAI cultivate creative practices, engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time?

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 Santa Fe Art Institute

Vancouver Park Board (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)

the Vancouver Park Board artist studio residencies program now includes over 50 artists (solo or part of collectives) that work out of field houses, park facilities, marinas, and community centres. The program provides work-only studios for artists in exchange for community arts-based engagement.

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 Vancouver Park Board - dance troupe

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

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