Our resident artists are selected for their demonstrated ability to create high-quality work and for their experiential understanding of what it means to create while embedded within the rich complexity of a truly diverse community. Our artists value their process as much as their products and are eager to experiment with their creation process, narrative structures and forms. The artists we work with commit to organizational and creative practices that promote trust, imagination and power-sharing.
The residency is open to choreographers, theater artists and interdisciplinary performance artists who will be supported in creating a new work. This residency is best suited to artists who are deeply committed to exploring how live art and the creative process can heal, empower and activate individuals and communities. Our requirements and expectations are outlined below – we encourage you to read further before deciding to apply.
We work with our Artists-in-Residence (AIR) over the course of a year — and often, beyond —to nurture both their creative work and their relationships with our artist cohorts, Settlement staff and participants. Together we collaboratively build the skills and scaffolding needed to support creative risk-taking and authentic relationship-building. If you view a role within community as "something extra," this is not the right residency program for you. This program requires that a lot of in-person time building relationships; living in New York is a must.
Our core curatorial team works closely with each AIR. Individual monthly meetings and bi-monthly group meetings help us to identify what each project and artist needs to grow and develop. Our advisory board of downtown arts leaders helps US to provide our artists with professional development workshops and an expanded professional support network.
The application period for our 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence is now closed. Stay tuned for information about our 2017-2018 application.
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