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Social-Practice Residencies :: Sample Documents

Alliance of Artists Communities




Program Descriptions | Applications | Artist Documentation

Program Descriptions

A great description of who the residency program is intending to attract (see “Target Group”) as well as a clear description of the logistics of the program.

Coleman Center for the Arts
An excellent example of how artists and the community work together and how projects are conceived during a residency.

Grand Central Art Center
A good description of the openness of their residencies and flexibility toward duration and scheduling.

The Laundromat Project
An inspiring description of purpose, as well as descriptions of three distinct programs related to their residencies and for whom each is intended.

An online webinar on what to expect and how to apply:

McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Explore McColl Center’s 7 “Spheres of Impact”, each with their own community partners, goals, and ways of engaging artists-in-residence.

Project Row Houses
Learn more about PRH’s “2:2:2 Exchange” program, a collaboration with Hyde Park Art Center, engaging artists in an exchange between Houston and Chicago.

Santa Fe Art Institute
A leader in thematic residencies, SFAI describes its annual theme and asks potential artists-in-residence to respond to this theme.

Vancouver Park Board
A clear description of terms, expectations, and policies for this city-run Fieldhouse Residency Program. 


A Studio in the Woods: Flint and Steel Residencies
A unique residency where artists collaborate with academics, ASITW describes its application process and the criteria for selection.

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Grand Central Art Center / Community Engagement Residency
A one- to two-year residency engaging specific low-income communities, this application asks detailed questions about project ideas, plans for sustaining the work, and interest in the particular communities.

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Santa Fe Art Institute: Water Rights Residencies
A leader in thematic residencies, SFAI describes its annual theme and asks potential artists-in-residence to respond to this theme.

View application

Vancouver Park Board
A 3-year residency for local artists working in the public parks.

View application 

Artist Documentation

Atlantic Center for the Arts | Community Artist-in-Residence Program
Each CAIR artist maintains a blog of their work throughout the residency.

Cleveland Foundation | Creative Fusion
Each artist-in-residence is introduced to the community through a newsletter and the projects are documented each year.

Full list of documentation

Individual newsletter example

Coleman Center for the Arts
All projects are documented through text and images, creating an archive of CCA's work in the community.

Grand Central Art Center
Explore a 12-month review of artists and projects at GCAC, from June 2014 to June 2015, along with a reflection on the overall program.

Neighborhood Time Exchange
Meet each artist with a description of his/her work.

Vancouver Park Board
A description of each artist and park project in pictures and text since the inception of the program in 2011, and each artist is required to keep a blog documenting his/her residency.

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

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