Department of Cultural Affairs
October 30, 2020
Email Grants Division
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.
In an effort to provide greater services to two demographics of residents, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is also connecting this open call for proposals with two DCA-written requests for additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts: A) to support a small set of artist residencies within Social Justice organizations, which is an ongoing program called Artist in Residence – Social Justice (AIR-SJ); as well as B) to support a small set of artists residencies (collaboratively selected by the Department on Aging and guided by the Los Angeles Foundation on Aging), which is a new concept called CARE Services. Connecting Arts Residencies with Elder Services (CARE Services) is a pilot idea to find some cross-sectorial artist-in-residency programs to embed within Department on Aging elder services, that will specifically extend artworks to homebound and neighborhood-limited individuals age 60 and older throughout the City of Los Angeles. Hence DCA is seeking local artists and ensembles, working in two or three creative disciplines (such as: photography, poetry, and/or storytelling), who will each propose creative strategies to expanding upon LAFA’s meal delivery programs and online-social networking capabilities to reach 7000+ low-income seniors each week. The two or three best artist-residencies ideas will aim to stimulate joy and human connection through weekly arrival of activities such as poetry, photographs, or podcasts. These residences will be 10-12 weeks and $6000-$10,000 each if co-sponsorship is provided by the NEA.
- 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 offering 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 15-22 residences at $6,000 (ideally one for each of the city’s 15 Council districts) in additional to 3 pilot residencies in the CARE Services category in the diverse disciplines such as: 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),
- [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 an 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;
- [For a CARES 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 to perform an ensemble-based 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;
- propose a residency involving a relationship with one (1) non-arts host organization, to take place at the host organization’s location or another non-arts venue; and
- propose feasible projects that can be consistently attended by approximately 20 individuals.
AIR PROGRAM WORKSHOPS
A series of online webinar workshops will be available in early to mid-October. Webinar space is limited to 30 participants per webinar, and RSVPs are required at least two business days in advance.
Workshops/webinars link: https://dcaredesign.org/air/workshops/
- Opens Friday, September 25, 2020.
- Deadline to apply is October 30, 2020
- Grant activity/projects will place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
- May/June 2021: Applicants will receive notification of results.
GUIDELINES & APPLICATION:
For full program information, please review the program guidelines available at: https://dcaredesign.org/air/. After you have reviewed the guidelines, please proceed to prepare and submit an application at https://dca-la.smapply.org/.