Artist Residency Program in Senior Centers

CALL FOR APPLICANTS Deadline: January 11, 2010
Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is pleased to launch a new Artist in Residency program that provides work space for Brooklyn artists at select senior centers in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Department for the Aging. Work space for artists varies from center to center (see individual descriptions below). Sites include spaces most appropriate for visual, literary and theater artists, though Brooklyn based artists of all ages and disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Criteria & Guidelines Unless otherwise noted, spaces are NOT exclusive (i.e. when artist(s) are not in the space, it will be in use by others. Thus, leaving projects or supplies out overnight or for long periods of time may not be permitted.) In return for free access to space, artists will engage the senior community through on-site programs such as workshops, classes, lectures or exhibitions.
Site visits will be scheduled after the initial selection process. Applicants who attempt to visit sites without a scheduled appointment will automatically become ineligible for the residency.
Logistical and programmatic details will need to be coordinated with site staff. Applicants may be contacted for additional information by the site staff during the course of the application review process in order to ensure a mutual agreement about the details of the residency. As a result, please be as comprehensive as possible in your application, understanding that you will need to be flexible with regard to the final residency agreement.
Residencies will involve a start date no later than February 26, 2010 and will run for 6 months. There may be an option to apply for an additional 6 month extension.
Applicants may apply for more than one site and are required to complete separate applications for each site.
To qualify for this program you MUST be on Brooklyn Arts Council?s Artist Registry. Any artist living or working in Brooklyn can sign up by clicking Join Site; IT?S FREE.
Application Process Please complete the online application form by January 11, 2010
Be prepared to answer questions regarding your proposed use of the sight, upload your resume and up to 3 image files that illustrate your work, and to provide contact information for yourself and 3 references.
Site A: Midwood
  • Large (approximately 15? x 28?) art room; sink/running water; counter space; available storage area (cabinets); natural light.
  • Center is interested in workshops in exchange for the space use.
  • Center is also interested in artistic input in the redesign of the room's lighting system.
  • AVAILABILITY: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday between the hours of 8:30am ? 4:15pm (with access until 8pm Tuesday and Wednesday, open for discussion). Artist(s) would have to identify a regular schedule of space use within the indicated hours.
Site B: Bushwick
  • Multiple rooms available in a newly refurbished, beautiful center: * Large art room (approximately 15? x 40?) that may offer the opportunity to create an exclusive unlocked space (approximately 10? x 15?). * 15? x 10? foot ?glass room? has a floor to ceiling glass wall looking into cafeteria and a corner location with large windows on 2 external walls; storage space nearby. * Large open space with plenty of natural light that may be great for theater rehearsals. * Computer room * Small conference room
  • Exclusive storage space is available but it is not in any of the above rooms.
  • AVAILIBILITY: Varies from room to room, but most schedules could be accommodated; this site also presents the option for select artist participants to have keyed access for evening and weekend options. This will be determined at the discretion of the site staff.
Site C: Brighton Beach
  • Corner art room (approximately 20? x 15?) with small kiln; 4 small windows; sink/running water; long table that can be used or moved to the side of the room; 9? ceilings.
  • There is a second option that could be discussed in the form of a large room that opens onto a courtyard that has a piano. Please contact Kathleen A. Christie (see below) for further details.
  • The center has a high population of Polish and Russian members and would be interested in the incorporation of this population into the residency plan.
  • AVAILABILITY: All day Monday and Tuesday and 1am ? 11:30am Wednesday - Friday
Site D: Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill
  • Exclusive, locked space available in the form of a 15? x 12? room with overhead fluorescent lighting (no windows); bookshelves available for storage; close to restroom/running water
  • AVAILABILITY: Monday ? Friday 8am ? 4pm
Please direct all questions to: Kathleen A. Christie, LCSW Arts in Education Manager