Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program


$6,000 to $12,000


Department of Cultural Affairs


October 26, 2018


Call for submissions for the July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2010 grant cycle is open.


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The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program supports artists in providing community-based, participatory projects in self-selected non-arts venues throughout the City of Los Angeles in order to gather, connect, and inspire audiences who may have little exposure to artistic and cultural opportunities.

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is also requesting funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to pilot a small set of artist residencies within Social Justice organizations. This pilot program is called Artist in Residence – Social Justice (AIR-SJ)


  • Supply creative arts resources to under-served communities in each Council District by providing direct and intimate access to contemporary artists;
  • Support the implementation of educational and participatory arts residencies by a spectrum of the City’s most qualified teaching-artists;
  • Provide host organizations with little or no arts programming with opportunities to test or develop new services, and envision the integration of either an artist employee or a new branch of programs into its core service;.and,
  • Offer approximately 15 residencies at $12,000 and 15 residences at $6,000 (one each per Council district) in the disciplines of design/visual arts (including architecture, graphic design and product design such as fashion design), literary arts (poetry or fiction) and performing arts (including choreography-dance, music and multi-disciplinary/theatre).



Successful applicants:

  • [For a standard AIR residency] are individual artists (or collaborative duos/teams/ensembles under the leadership of a single applicant) whose community-based practices have been largely self-developed and remain primarily self-directed;
  • [For a pilot AIR-SJ residency], an applicant may be an independent individual artist, or may be a prominent employee of a non-profit arts organization using methodologies learned at their nonprofit to offer their services outside of their nonprofit to perform an independent residency;
  • are current residents of Los Angeles County;
  • must demonstrate through their resume(s) at least 2 years of experience instructing participants in the proposed artistic discipline within projects at non-arts venues, public schools, parks, libraries, and/or similar community centers; and,
  • will propose host organization relationships and feasible projects as ideal examples of what can be accomplished with $12,000.


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A series of online webinar workshops will be available from late September through early October. Webinar space is limited to 30 participants per webinar, and RSVPs are required at least two business days in advance.

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  • Opens Monday, September 17, 2018.
  • Deadline to apply is October 26, 2018.
  • Grant activity/projects will place between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
  • May/June 2019: Applicants will receive notification of results.

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