With generous support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Karamu House will offer 12 artist-focused residencies in 2019 – eight (8) visual arts; four (4) performing arts. The residency period is March 2019 – December 2019. The goal of Room in the House is for artists to leave Karamu’s residency as more empowered, independent artists. To this end, Karamu will activate creative and administrative spaces, provide technical support to performing artists and exhibition space for visual artists, and through partnership with Gordon Square Arts District – professional development for artists looking to build their business.
Application for the fellowship is open to Cleveland-based artists with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to their visual arts or performance-based work. Each selected Room in the House resident will receive a monetary stipend ($5,000 – visual; $3,000 – performing), and access for eight weeks to space at Karamu House to create, work administratively, and show/perform.
*Submit application for desired residency start date.*
Submissions recieved by April 5 will ONLY be considered for May 20
Submissions recieved by June 14 will ONLY be considered for July 29
Submissions recieved by August 16 will ONLY be considered for September 30
Residency Hours: Artists will have access to Karamu House Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday based on a predetermined schedule. Schedules to be confirmed during residency week one.
All residents must have the ability to walk up/down stairs.
All residencies are for 8-weeks.
There are four deadlines for application submission: February 28, 2019, April 5, 2019, June 14, 2019 and August 16, 2019. A small selection committee comprised of members of Karamu’s lead staff, board of directors, and community artist/stakeholders will comprise the selection panel and make the residency decisions. Only completed applications will be reviewed. The chosen resident artists will demonstrate excellence through artistic rigor, ability and intent, as well as align to Karamu’s vision of honoring the African-American experience through culturally and socially relevant work.
Applying artists should submit a completed application with all support materials to: AShareef@karamuhouse.org.
Please include ROOM IN THE HOUSE RESIDENCY in the subject line to ensure that applications are received. If not selected, artists are invited to reapply.
Artists are only eligible for one (1) residency during the 2019 calendar year.
1. Artistic Statement
2. Artistic resume or CV
3. Answers to the following questions:
a. Demographics: Name, Address, Cell Phone Number, Email Address
b. How does your artistic philosophy align to Karamu’s vision (see above Selection Process + Criteria section)?
c. What is the goal of your residency (what do you propose to do with this time)?
d. What is your artistic medium?
e. Do you have special equipment needs?
f. Do you have any unique space requirements?
g. Describe how the residency stipend will support the actualization of your artistic product.
4. Link to an example of your art.
5. Any additional information or supplementary material the selection panel should have.
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