Traditionally speaking, the typical residency or fellowship, in most cases, suggests a solitary endeavor. There's the classic stereotype of a writer or artist holing up in the mountains or in their studio with minimal disruption from the outside world. It's a romantic notion.
Yet, with the rise of creative placemaking and foundations embracing the concept of the "artist as activist," this paradigm seems to be shifting. Now, rather than lock away writers and artists, foundations are encouraging and, in some cases, demanding artists get out and engage with their local community.
Today brings two examples.
The first comes from CEC Artslink, the New York City-based organization that promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit. ArtsLink is currently accepting applications from contemporary artists and arts managers working in visual and media arts for its 2016 Artslink Residency program.
The program provides a five-week residency at an established nonprofit arts organization in the United States to artists and arts managers from eligible overseas countries. So, not only does the residency encourage artists to engage with their wider communities, CEC builds in an added international element, whereby artists from abroad work closely with American nonprofit counterparts.
Click here for the complete RFP.
Then there's the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. The institute is currently accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Fellowship Program, which provides grants of up to $75,000 to individuals working in the creative arts (as well as humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics).
Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2016 through May 31, 2017. Visual, film, and video artists may apply for either one or two semesters. In the event that they come for one semester, the stipend is $37,500. Click here for a link for the full RFP.
There's one catch here. If any fellows want to channel their inner Thoreau and spend quality time working in the New England countryside in splendid isolation, they may want to reconsider. The institute notes that, "Since this is a residential fellowship, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the fellowship period and to have their primary office at the institute so as to participate fully in the life of the community."
So there's that.