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10th Anniversary Awards 2019 (Australia) – Call For Artists

10th Anniversary Awards 2019 (Australia) – Call For Artists

This year is the 10th anniversary of BigCi (Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives) artist-in-residence program.
So, to celebrate this in true BigCi style, they are giving away two awards: 1) BigCi10 New Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is open to any artist who has not done a BigCi residency before. This is a competitive entry based on criteria outlined in the submission form, and 2) BigCi10 Past Residents Award (four weeks of BigCi residency) is only open to the past residents of BigCi. You do not need to fill in any forms. Simply send an email before 18 August 2019 to rae@bigci.org expressing your interest. Your name will go in the draw for this award.

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Deadline: 18 Aug 2019

There are no entry fees for these awards.

The winner will receive four weeks of free residency at BigCi. The awards are being promoted through the BigCi mailing list and and on the social media – Facebook and Instagram. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony during our Open Day on 8 September 2019.

About Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. BigCi has been established and run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.

Because of the location on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of the team, resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

For more information, contact rae@bigci.org.

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Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call For Artists

Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call For Artists

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (BCFA) announces a call for artists for the Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies, offering time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West. Located on 30,000 acres of scenic splendor at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, the camp is situated right next to Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges.

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Deadline: 1 Sept 2019

Writers, visual artists, performance artists, musicians, and composers are encouraged to apply for a three week artist residency program, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities, and incredible natural beauty. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Whether solitude or social engagement is inspiring, the opportunities for creative enrichment are endless at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies Artist Benefits

During their time at BCFA, artists will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space, and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service,while lunch and dinner are shared family-style in the common area each night.

Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts enables artists to professionally develop their work in a relaxing and inspiring setting as creativity flows next to the banks of Brush Creek. Up to eight residents immerse themselves in uninterrupted work time to polish existing projects, explore new endeavors, and further develop their craft.

About Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for artists on a historic working ranch in Wyoming. Imbued with the spirit of the American West, the ranch sits at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges just outside the town of Saratoga. From countless miles of trails to hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, this unique destination offers endless ways to enjoy spectacular country. A diversity of wildlife call the ranch home including antelope, deer, elk, moose, fox, badger, and marmots.

The artist camp features eight working studios in historic, restored ranch buildings and eight individual residences with private bath, closet, and separate work space. Kitchen, library, family room, and laundry facility are shared. All meals are provided, which includes a self-prepared breakfast, bagged lunches and family-style dinners.

History of Brush Creek

Over the years, Brush Creek Ranch has served as a home to numerous families, cattle and horse herds, and offers a one-of-a-kind gathering place for guests from around the world. The story of Brush Creek Ranch dates back to 1884 when the Sterrett brothers settled the land and built the original homestead with logs cut, skid, and hauled from the adjoining National Forest.

In 2008, the ranch was purchased by Bruce White, Chairman and CEO of White Lodging, one of the most respected names in the hotel industry. Brush Creek Ranch is the culmination of the White family’s extensive hospitality experience, continuous dedication to philanthropy and unabashed passion for the sustainability of authentic Western heritage. Their vision unfolds as a refined getaway that strikes a perfect balance between active outdoor recreation, shared experiences, economic sustainability and preservation of the western way of life. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts came into being in 2011 to create incomparable residencies for artists in a variety of genres.

For more information, contact info@brushcreekarts.org.

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What Do You Use For Calling Cards?

Calling cards, takeaways, handouts, exclusives – no matter what you call them, they help your patrons understand your identity and keep them coming back. It’s all in the important details, the signature things that your supporters find surprising and endearing. Whether you are preparing for a vendor event, exhibition, or an online storefront, try to think about the extras that would make it special for your supporters.

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Ideas for Calling Cards

  • Packaging: Consider how you can elevate your packaging and delivery – customize the box (something patrons can use in case they need to move or ship the item), add a personalized and signed thank you note, emboss, gold leaf, and detail the package.
  • Business cards: If you are going to go the extra mile and spend more on business cards, make sure that the concept aligns with your art. Although typically, a basic card size is all that is needed. Include your name, phone number, email address, and website. Remember to include white space to write additional details.
  • Signage: Banners, flags, and table covers are always important. Consider the height, having things at eye-level can catch the patron’s eyes more frequently. Draw the attention to your art.
  • Postcards: Believe it or not, some folks just don’t use the internet or email, try to make this an option for them. You want to be inclusive in your marketing. Even for those that are digital natives, receiving something of value in the snail mail can be a special occasion.
  • Gift tags: Most art is purchased as a gift for others. Make it easy for them by not having to also have to purchase a gift tag, card, box, or bag.
  • Return address labels: If you are mailing marketing or shipping artwork, you might want to add a unique identifier to the item. That way, the person doesn’t have to guess who or what they have received before needing to open it.
  • Certificates of Authenticity: Your art is special. Share with patrons how special it is with a letter of provenance. It elevates the art and provides another means for patrons to remember you. Remember to include the item’s description and story, your contact information, and personalized signature.

It is especially important to think about things that have value beyond one use items. For example, stamp a business card with a unique qualifier for an online storefront discount. Gift bags and totes can be re-used. Certificates of authenticity can be saved and framed with the artwork.

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Vistaprint

You already have your artwork and know your details. Try incorporating them into your takeaways. Vistaprint has a range of products and services that can help you do just that. Business cards, banners, flyers, and printing services are available. All products have a wide possibility of standard formats to customization. Wizards take you through the process and you can save details for later use and second print runs. Often, there are discounts for return users and special sales throughout the year.

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Are You Ready For An Online Store?

A majority of art is sold through a variety of online store platforms. You can choose any sales methodology you like. It depends on where and how you best reach your audience. You may have to experiment with several platforms and strategies before landing on the one that works best for you. There are many details and options to consider as well as new opportunities and platforms launching regularly.

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Sales strategies

Email: Sometimes all you need is a large enough dedicated following. Try sending announcements of new works available to your email lists and provide them a means to buy (either by reply to the email or a payment processing form). Inform your audience about upcoming exhibitions, vendor events, and pop-up galleries.

Social: There are many ways to sell art through social network platforms. The challenging part is keeping up with the platforms’ ever changing features and algorithms. What may work today may not work tomorrow. Staying on top of the trends is important and can make a big difference with acquiring new patrons. For example – Try promoting new artwork for sale on Instagram. Provide a rich description including title, process, size, price, and inspiration. Add instructions for buyers – the first to comment with their email address will be sent a payment processing invoice (PayPal / Venmo). They have 24 hours to purchase the art. First come, first served after that. Update the description if the item is sold.

Web: You may want to consider selling through a web platform, using your own website, or integrating a web platform into your website. The benefit of having an online store sales platform that you manage is that patrons can purchase at any time rather than waiting for an email or post from you. This can often make a difference between an acquisition and someone’s lost interest. Keep in mind, just because your art is up on a website or web platform doesn’t mean that it’s the platform’s job to promote it. Promotion is still up to you utilizing your email and social networks.

Things to plan for in advance

Sometimes with an online store, it is best to jump in and learn as you go. Other times, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. You will rarely know everything you need to in advance because situations change from person to person.  Here are a few things to consider:

Photography: A good photo of your work can inspire patrons to purchase. Most mobile devices have above-average photo capability, but stand-alone cameras and photo editing software can make your work stand out. Setting up a dedicated area or having a set process will be helpful.

Pricing: Research can help. Knowing your costs and time associated with creating your work is important. The most important aspect is always valuing your artwork for what it is truly worth.

Description: Each piece of artwork should have a unique and rich description including keywords and hashtags. This takes time to develop. Often, the story behind the artwork is just as important as the artwork itself.

Shipping: Visit your local shipping center (USPS, FedEx, and so on) in advance. Try to determine what materials you should always have on hand and what needs to be purchased on a one-off basis. If you anticipate bulk shipping, explore what discounted pricing is available.

Taxes and bookkeeping: You may want to consider consulting a certified public accountant to help understand what taxes to account for and how to do so. Determine if you need bookkeeping software to help keep track.

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Shopify Online Store

Check out Shopify as an online store. It has eCommerce and point-0f-sales features including card-readers for when you are online or on the go. Set up your shop as a standalone or integrate it securely with your website. Ready made templates help your store look like it was designed by a professional. Run social media campaigns. Manage orders, shipping, and payments.

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Total Marketing

What if you could do all your marketing in one place? Forget all the log ins, passwords, am I forgetting to do things? As an artist, wouldn’t it be ideal to have a total marketing service that does it all? Let’s be honest, perfect solutions rarely exist and one size does not fit all or else we would all be using them. Fortunately, there are a few services out there that bundle together several features that artists use together in convenient and efficient ways.

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What is marketing?

But first and in order to understand what you may need, what is marketing? There is no single definition which applies to all.

One way to think about marketing is how you attract and retain those that might be interested in what you have to offer. This is different from sales where they are already interested and you negotiate a transaction involving a trade of money, products, or services. In both cases, the process is educational and transactional. Although in marketing, the action is suggested, while in sales, the action is explicit.

In marketing, the outcome is engagement or how often someone interacts with you. In sales, the outcome is financial whether direct (a trade of money for products or services) or indirect (a trade of products or services for a relative equally valued products or services).

One goal of marketing is to increase engagement (interactivity) in order to increase sales. Total marketing may be valuated based on the ratio of dollars spent marketing to net profit.

Marketing activities common to artists

You might want to think about marketing as asking for the least to the most amount of effort. Another way of looking at it is the least to the most amount of privacy given.

Most start with social media. Choose a platform or two with which you feel comfortable. Engagement is measured by the relative number of clicks, likes, and shares to your current number of followers.

Depending on your goals, having a website can help build a following. It can be a one-page landing page, a profile page on an eCommerce site, or your own dedicated art website. There are any number of  ways to measure engagement, but a good place to start is the number of pageviews per month and, if there is an eCommerce section, the total sales generated from the website per month.

Social media and web searchability is good, but you are still at the mercy of the platform’s algorithms. Take control of your how and when your content is seen by collecting your followers’ email addresses. A great place to start is by sending a monthly newsletter. Email engagement can be measured by the average percent of your followers open and click through your emails.

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Mailchimp Total Marketing

One total marketing platform that combines social media, websites, and email is Mailchimp. It’s a favorite among artists and crafters because it is relatively easy to set up, has clear tutorials, and they can pick and choose which options work best. It integrates with many other utilities, sales platforms, survey tools, social media ad management. There are so many great features that can be integrated, often in clicks or less.

Mailchimp has reports for measuring engagement and customizable email templates. They have flexible plans for growing your creative practice.

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Desert 23’S (Atacama, Chile) – Call For Artists

Desert 23’S (Atacama, Chile) – Call For Artists

La Wayaka Current announces a call for artists for Desert 23’S.  Open to interdisciplinary artists, musicians, writers, scientists, activists, and others. Join an artist led expedition and residency program. Reconnect with wild and remote natural environments and learn from ecology and indigenous culture. Participants are encouraged to be resourceful and work with local methods, materials, basic tools, and equipment within the community and isolated natural environment.

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Deadline: 20 Jun 2019

Desert 23°S presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic and creative practices in one of the driest environments on our planet. It is within an indigenous community inside a national nature reserve of diverse flora and fauna. This otherworldly region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth. It offers optimal conditions for astronomical observations and preserves ancient archaeology beneath the sands. Within the dry landscape lives an unbelievably diverse and rich ecosystem that remains due to the knowledge of indigenous groups who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive extraction and mining.

Artists will be able to work more independently on their self directed practice alongside the program. Artists come with an open and willing attitude, assist in the responsibilities of the resident community. and are respectful towards the local nature and communities wishes.

Reduced Program Fee from: *£399 a week
Full Program Fee from: *£567 p week

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation: *£17 p day
  • Food / 3 meals and potable water: *£14 p day
  • Artist support, location guides, and creative and technical support: *£18 p day
  • Guided visits to archaeology / meteorite museums and observatory: *£27 p visit (full program only)
  • Local transfer from nearest airport: *£21 each way
  • Program w/ local indigenous collaborators: *£28 p session
  • Research excursions in surrounding area: from *£35 p excursion (full program only)
  • Logistics support: bike rental / laundry / local town transport supplies service (weekly): *£7 p day

*Price with LWC Financial Aid.

Desert 23’S Artist Benefits

Desert 23’S is a fluid, site-responsive program which introduces creatives to the local ecology and culture as well as contemporary socio-political issues and historical contexts of the area, whilst presenting reciprocal benefits for local communities both socially and economically through the program’s presence and exchange.

In the fifth year of operation, the program cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth. Learn and experiment creatively. Gather and find new inspiration in a remote, vast place far from structural or institutional frameworks and limitations.

Though this program, engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives of our time in a multitude of ways. Promote necessary dialogues and understanding between remote areas of this planet to others worldwide.

La Wayaka Current is an artist-led initiative responding to an increased loss of connection to the natural world. We have led over 30 expeditions for artists to work remotely in remote natural environments in a nurturing and experimental space. We have hosted intl. exhibitions and talks about this work.

Duration of Residency

Take part in Desert 23’S between 3-6 weeks (enquire for longer or shorter stays) during the following time periods:

  • June 3 – June 24, 2019
  • Aug 30 – Sept 20, 2019
  • Sept 27 – Oct 18, 2019
  • Oct 25 – Nov 15, 2019 (full capacity / waiting list only)

Participants will live together in a shared house in a small Desert Oasis, sheltered from the vast desert, within an Indigenous Community, inside the National Reserve of Flamingos. Rooms will be shared between 2-3 (private rooms may also be available on request prior to arrival). Bedding will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to use the outdoor vast desert environment as their studio and daily interactions with local culture and ecology as their source of learning and inspiration.

About La Wayaka Current

La Wayaka Current is a non-profit artist-led organisation without the means to support artists fully financially. They offer financial aid on all programs and support and guidance when applying for funding from other institutions or crowdfunding. Over 80+ artists have been able to fund their residency and travel with international arts funding through support, many for the first time. La Wayaka Current is happy to talk to artists and guide them on this process. Funds generated from our on the ground expeditions go to sustain the project, the workers involved, and into the remote communities shared with, supporting infrastructure, community, outreach, and conservation of remote places.

For more information, contact contact@lawayakacurrent.com.

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Freelancers: A Little Help From A Friend

Sometimes the task ahead seems a bit daunting. There is unfamiliar technology or risk in making changes that might have unintended consequences. That is when hiring professional freelancers with real world experience comes in.

The default is to go find a friend, but even that has risks. What happens if something goes wrong? Often, friendships can be seriously harmed. It’s even worse if the helper is a family member. Just to be on the safe side, it is best to steer clear of friends and family as contracted helpers. Rather, keep them as your personal support network.

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Freelancer Strategy

Hiring freelancers is its new undertaking. With careful planning, risk can be averted. There are many qualified online networks that make the process more approachable. The first step is developing a roadmap for the work you want to do. First, define the goal you want to achieve with the work undertaken. Then, define the individual tactics needed to reach that goal. These things can include:

  • Setting up a basic website
  • Adding eCommerce to a website
  • Integrating Google Analytics
  • Setting up business email
  • Designing web and print graphics
  • Updating a resume or CV
  • Photographing your work
  • Creating and editing a video

Working with someone new can be stressful. You are giving them access to your personal work and online credentials. The benefit of using an online platform to hire freelancers is that there are contracts and procedures built in to protect you in the event of anything going wrong. They also provide rating systems so that you can find out how they have worked out with other clients.

When starting out with a new freelancer, another way to mitigate risk is to only give them a small job to do. For example, instead of hiring someone to rebuild an entire website, have them redesign one or two pages first. Instead of an entire re-branding update, start with a postcard or business card. If you like their work and they communicate well, then continue with a larger project.

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Freelancer Networks

Get work done faster with Fiverr, and with confidence. Hire graphic and web designers, digital marketing experts, and music and audio professionals. Find any service within minutes and know exactly what you’ll pay. No hourly rates, just a fixed price.Payment is released to the freelancer once you’re pleased and approve the work you get. Fiverr is here for you, anything from answering any questions to resolving any issues, at any time.

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How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

Email is an important part of your social media strategy. It is often overlooked or neglected in lieu of the quick responses from social media networks. To keep it simple, think of email as part of your overall strategy:

Social media network > Website > Email

Collecting email addresses is one of the most important things you can do to grow your professional practice. Collect them at every opportunity – prospective buyers at an art fair, visitors to your website, corporate and non-profit contacts with whom you have engaged. It starts out slowly and grows exponentially over time. Here’s how:

First, just get started. That’s usually the hardest part. It can be a dedicated notebook where email addresses are collected or a digital spreadsheet like Google Sheets. It’s okay if there are duplicates or something is spelled incorrectly, that will be addressed later.

Next, pick an email marketing provider. Most offer entry level pricing based on the number of emails saved. Plans scale based on how many more addresses are added.

Constant Contact

Constant Contact is a great way to start your email marketing if you are a beginner or your technical skills are more advanced and you’re the type of person that loves tinkering with design, features, and apps. It has robust integration features for all kinds of other services.  Plus, the reporting and analytics will give you a heads up about what is and is not working.

 

How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

There are two more aspects for your email strategy: frequency and content. There are no set rules for either and the following are simply suggestions to get you started.

Frequency

Just starting out? If you have under 1000 addresses, once a month is a good start. Up to 5000, twice a month. Hit the 10000 mark, do what you want – weekly, twice a week, or whenever new content is available. The important part is being consistent. Start out by sending on the same day at the same time each month. Over time, you will figure out how to optimize your sending strategy.

Content

Show more than tell and give a clear call to action. Show images of new work for sale and provide a link or method to purchase. Tell a story by showing a series of pictures of a work in progress and describe each step along the way. Inform followers of where your work is being shown or sold including upcoming art fairs, gallery exhibitions, or other retail/wholesale events. Share something about you that informs your artwork – why and how – such as a recent trip or social activism.

How Email Can Grow Your Creative Practice

The more emails that are collected, the more content can be sent. The more reasons there are for followers to click through to your content, the more likely they are to purchase or share your content with others (who may, in turn, become followers).

There is fine tuning in terms of segmenting the list, A/B testing, geo-location, and so on. Advanced users can explore to their heart’s content. It’s a learning curve, most users have an intuitive sense as to when to take it to the next level. First things first… just get started!

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Are You Ready For A Website?

Before getting started on a website, it is usually best to begin with understanding your goals, strategies, and tactics. Here are a few basics.

Start with defining your goal. Why do you need a website? What is it’s purpose? It could be a representation of your creative legacy that you control, a sales portal, or something else.

Once you have a goal in mind, you can start thinking about the strategy. What do you want to convey? Consider showing images of your artwork in a gallery, an artist statement, biography, and contact information.

When you know what you want to show, the next step is figuring out the tactics – how to get it done. There are a variety of website services. Some are do-it-yourself, others may require outside help. If you need help, there are freelancer networks at your disposal.

Check out some of the artist website designs offered by Wix. Their focus is on making website building super user-friendly.

Website

Website wireframe (how it is organized)

Page 1) Homepage: includes hero (main) image, name, navigation links (at top or side of each page)

Page 2) Gallery – includes 10-20 images with brief descriptions for each (title, size, medium, etc)

Page 3) Workshops
Workshop title with 2-3 sentence description each
Teaching service with 2-3 sentence description
Call to action – contact information (email, phone)

Page 4) Events
List of upcoming events
List of past events (keep this limited to the past 2-3 years)
Partner organizations (linked to their websites, if applicable)

Page 5) Contact
Contact information (Email, phone)
Bio
Artist statement

That’s it! Five pages to get you started. Before signing up for a website, editing the copy and images you want to have shown.  You may need one image for the hero image on the homepage to be larger.

How to find help

I’m biased since I’ve been working on websites for a while, so I often think they are “easy and intuitive.” This is not always so. Even then, first hand experience is always helpful, especially when trying to explain something to someone else. Once your content is ready, give it a try. If you find it too confusing, by all means, stop and ask for help. I’ve organized the wireframe above to be the most helpful for a web designer. If you need one, try Fiverr – this freelance service offers web design help.

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Lanesboro Artist Residency Program – Call For Artists

Lanesboro Artist Residency Program – Call For Artists

Lanesboro Arts announces a call for artists for the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, offering two or four week residencies to emerging artists. Participants explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work.

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Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, located in Lanesboro, MN (pop. 754), is supported by the Jerome Foundation and aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Staff work with each resident to create a fully-customized residency experience.

Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their place-based work. Lanesboro Arts recognizes place-based work as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place. It can be a new project or an interpretation of the artist’s current work tailored to engage the community of Lanesboro. The residency program was designed to align with and amplify Lanesboro Arts’ vision for communities, especially rural communities. The program embraces artists as economic drivers, culture bearers, community builders, and problem solvers.

Lanesboro Arts strives to provide artists with a dynamic and compelling array of community assets. They seek out projects where the activation of the people and places of Lanesboro are at the core of the artistic process.

Lanesboro Artist Residency Program Artist Benefits

Artists are paid $1,000/week. They are provided studio and lodging space. Lanesboro Arts does not cover material or transportation costs. These expenses should be factored into the $1,000/week stipend. Artist groups are eligible to apply, but the weekly stipend is the same and must be split among the collective. Artists must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for at least one year prior to the submission of an application.

Community Resources And Assets Available To Residents

  • St. Mane Theatre, a 126-seat Art Deco theater located in the heart of downtown
  • Poetry Parking Lot, a large municipal parking lot with haiku hung throughout the space
  • Gateway Park, a public green space adjacent to the Root River and connected to downtown via a 1893 walking bridge
  • Historic downtown storefronts, alleyways, building walls, and open spaces
  • Local farms, farmers, and farmer’s markets
  • The Root River State Bike Trail
  • Community partnerships with local businesses, the Lanesboro Park Board, the Lanesboro Museum, residents, schools, libraries, and community organizations

Lanesboro Artist Residency Program participants do not need to secure community partners or stakeholders when submitting their application. That said, research done beforehand about the Lanesboro community and surrounding area can strengthen a project proposal. The role of Lanesboro Arts staff for selected artist residents is that of translator and facilitator. The staff works with artists to make the needed connections. They help secure the required resources in order to make selected residency program projects a success.

The use of all community resources and assets are subject to approval from property owners and the Lanesboro City Council. Resources will be facilitated with each artist by Lanesboro Arts staff. Lanesboro Arts has a positive, collaborative relationship with these entities. They will work with each resident to find the best venue for all parties.

About Lanesboro Arts

Through a diverse spectrum of community arts programming, Lanesboro Arts supports artists, revitalizes public spaces, and builds a sense of community and civic pride among the 754 people who call Lanesboro home. Programming includes free youth education classes, fine arts galleries, internship programs, performance art, opportunities to participate in public art, and placemaking activities.

For nearly 40 years, Lanesboro Arts has built strong cross-sector partnerships. They creatively approach community challenges, most recently with the ongoing realization of the Lanesboro Arts Campus vision. This community-wide initiative aims to integrate the arts into the social and municipal fabric of the city. They do so by placing art in accessible public spaces, identifying and eliminating participation barriers, and building a community identity in which all citizens value the arts. The process of the Lanesboro Arts Campus empowers artists, audiences, and community members to positively contribute to the social, civic, and economic vibrancy of Lanesboro.

For more information, contact adam@lanesboroarts.org.

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