About The Residency
ProjectArt is pleased to announce our annual Request for Proposals for our Arts Education and Social Impact Residency. This is an opportunity for visual artists to teach and mentor students virtually or in-person through ProjectArt’s partnership with local libraries from coast to coast. Residents expand their artistic practice, while teaching after-school visual art classes. For the 2021-2022 year, classes, panels, studio visits, and exhibitions will be held either in-person or virtually depending on each library and city’s reopening guidelines.
Each selected artist is assigned to a partner public library branch either in-person or virtually, where they develop a weekly class curriculum covering 30 weeks to instruct and mentor youth ages 4-18. At the same time, in-person or digital library resources are available to develop a new body of work and research.
The residency culminates in a curated group exhibition featuring works by all city-wide residents. It also offers artists panel discussions, paid studio visits, as well as professional development with art-world consultants.
ProjectArt is an award-winning, arts education-centered non-profit that serves youth and artists in partnership with the nation’s public libraries. Our model entails tuition-free, after-school art classes to children, and art residencies to emerging artists committed to arts education and social impact.
Prior to the pandemic, ProjectArt classes were held in-person at 43 libraries in NYC, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and most recently, Cleveland. Last year, ProjectArt held its programs virtually to assure the safety of our communities nationwide. The 2021-2022 year will consist of both in-person and virtual programming, as we work with our library partners to develop safe reopening strategies.
Artists are culturally responsive contemporary artists of all ages and backgrounds chosen by a jury in early summer. Candidates are interviewed and selected in early July.
Resident Role & Teaching Time Commitments
The duration of this residency is nine months from September 2021 through early June 2022.
Fall Semester: September-December 2021 (12 weeks)
Winter/Spring Semester: January- June 2022 (18 weeks)
Residents are required to attend a series of trainings and professional development workshops throughout the year, in addition to three training sessions in early September organized by ProjectArt. Artists also participate in Projectart exhibitions at the end of the winter/spring semester.
Must live in the city to which you are applying
Prior experience teaching youth ages 4-7, 8-12, 13-18
OR a willingness to learn and develop a teaching/mentoring practice
Have a developed artistic practice that would benefit from the residency
Use of non-hazardous mediums when creating work in the library space (for programs taking place in person)
Pass a background check
Must feel comfortable using technology to instruct remotely, lesson plan, and communicate.
Applicants may apply here to participate in the residency in the following cities: NYC / Miami / Detroit / Chicago / LA / Pittsburgh / San Francisco / New Orleans / Cleveland
The deadline to apply is June 16th by midnight EST
Interviews will take place in early July.