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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.

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Self Visualization For Maximum Good

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Click here to for the Introduction to Maximum Good. Follow along at

Self-visualization is thinking in advance about the most positive outcome can be before starting any new activity. Consider thinking about what it is going to be like when we finish, how we are going to feel, and what is realistic.

Consider the following

There is a range of ways that this can be done. Before starting anything new – any new work of art, our new job, or the beginning of our day – consider what outcome of this will make you feel good. Close your eyes for two minutes and think about how a positive outcome will feel.

One of the reasons why this is important to do is that most times there are obstacles that we will confront in new situations. It can be easy to give up when starting something new when faced with these obstacles.

Having a positive mindset going into the new task about what the final outcome is going to be is beneficial. If we think about the positive outcome before starting any new activity, then it is more likely that those obstacles will seem lessened. Try taking some time to think in advance.

Create an image. We can make vision boards made of of positive things which motivate us. These can be cut outs or hand made. We can use a work of art to focus on whether it is one of ours or something which inspires us, even if it is just an image displayed on our phone.

Try writing or reading daily affirmations. These are statements about positive beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. We can use the same phrase every day or try to vary them. They can be aspirational and read at a set time every day, usually in the morning. It can be note that says, “Today, I’m going to have a good day” kept near where we sleep so it is seen every time we wake up. Keep them someplace where we are most likely to see them.

The physical act of writing the same note daily can be helpful, too. It makes the thought process even more tactile.

Consider trying to write out our goals. What are they? What do you want to achieve? Sometimes the best thing is getting through the day ahead of us.

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

Exercise – Get started now

  • Try a self-visualization technique before starting a new activity
  • Create a vision board
  • Write and read daily affirmations
  • Write and read short and long term goals
  • Search online for examples of other self-visualization techniques that you can do daily

Throughout the Maximum Good series, I will present several exercises. Some are going to be new for you and others will be familiar. Try self-visualizing success before you start any one of them give them. Try thinking positively about a successful outcome before we try each activity.

Think positively that you’re going to have a good day today.

Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

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KIRA 2019 – Call For Artists

KIRA 2019 – Call For Artists

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) announces a call for artists for KIRA 2019, awarding up to fifteen artists with one month residencies in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Deadline: 15 Dec 2018

Program Goals

  • Support artists by providing space for creative inquiry and time to take their creative practice to the next level
  • Invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of the region including Kingsbrae Garden, a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece located in the historic seaside town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick
  • Create a community of artists, thinkers, and practitioners
  • Introduce and thoughtfully engage artists with the community

KIRA 2019 artists will be selected using a panel review process who considers the following criteria: overall merit of work, readiness to engage with the community, potential to develop creative practice, influence by the location, and statistical data including career level, and geographic location. References of finalists will be contacted. A 30-minute conference call between the finalists and program administrators will be conducted before acceptance into the residency program.

KIRA 2019 Program Details and Support

  • One month of free studio space in a freestanding 300-square foot studio equip with Wi-Fi
  • Awarded stipend of $1,500 per month
  • Artists will be responsible for covering costs associated with materials and shipping, travel costs, and other living expenses
  • Private bedroom/bathroom in a well-maintained historic property located steps away from the studio
  • Up to five artists living on-site plus the program director
  • Two meals a day
  • Audience engagement opportunities
  • Access to Kingsbrae Garden public events
  • Scheduled access to: nontoxic printmaking equipment (linoblock, woodcut, and letter set printing, range of typeset), ceramics equipment (pottery kick-wheels, medium sized kiln, outdoor gas fired kiln), woodshop and mechanical shop with a range of basic hand tools and resources
  • Artists will participate in Open Studios for the public Saturdays from 10am-1pm

Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. They will live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. The residence is within walking distance of the down town. Artists should bring all materials needed as supplies and provisions are limited in town. As part of the residency, artists engage with the community weekly during Open Studio Days. During this time the artist will share their weekly progress. Artists will present a final Artist Experience the last week of residency to the visiting public.

About Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts is located in the historic seaside town of St Andrews by the Sea. St Andrews is a renowned for its many artists and art organizations and venues. Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre and the St Andrews Arts Council host arts exhibits, workshops, and opportunities to partner with and learn from the many artisans who both live in and visit the Town during the peak months. KIRA is the only organization of its kind in Atlantic Canada. KIRA has its own Artistic Director, Geoff Slater, well known in the art world the “Painter of Lines”, Geoff is available to guide and aid the artists as required.

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Introduction To Maximum Good

Introduction To Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Follow along at

Welcome to Maximum Good! This series is about professional development through community engagement. Specifically, how to use your skills and talents to best benefit yourself while helping your community at the same time.

My name is Todd Hestand and I am the founder of Side Arts, a content management service for visual artists and arts organizations. I am also a business management consultant specializing in marketing, operations, and supply chains for consumer goods and industrial manufacturing. In my role as the Manager for the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, a Philadelphia-area non-profit, I work directly with artists of all kinds – disciplines, experiences, nationalities, gender identities, and ages – to help them realize their creative visions.

This series will review topics that many artists encounter as they learn how to market their skills and build their businesses. I have addressed these concepts frequently with my own clients. Together we have created solutions that benefit them, their bottom line, and their craft. Hard skills will include marketing, budgets, and contracts. Soft skills will focus on personal goal setting and understanding why you do what you do, and how you can move past personal roadblocks. Importantly, each of these skills will be tied to how you can improve your community for maximum good.

Themes throughout Maximum Good

  • Change the defaults: what are the smallest possible changes you can make to your creative process that will have the largest impact
  • Identify innovation: what unique characteristics do you have that will help you engage with your audience and improve your community
  • Build positive habits: what systems can you build that, by automating the smallest possible tasks, can make risk so much easier to address
  • Architect choice: how can you give your audience and community the maximum number of options of engaging with you so that they feel empowered
  • Understand privilege: identifying what privilege is and how it impacts your work, show empathy, and act accordingly to address issues positively in your community

Introduction To Maximum Good
Things to keep in mind

I will be giving you tools that you can use and try out at your discretion. Some will be activities and worksheets, others will be thought experiments and case studies to review. All of which should be designed to be easily approachable. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all. Some activities may not be applicable to you. There is no set order to participate. You should feel that you can jump in anywhere that interests you.

None of these topics are presented perfectly. There is always room for improvement. Feedback and suggestions are welcome at

Follow along by subscribing to the YouTube channel and read more at

Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

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Skammdegi Residency And Festival – Call For Artists

Skammdegi Residency And Festival – Call For Artists

Listhus announces a call for artists for the Skammdegi Residency And Festival. Take the challenge of living with and respond to the dark, cold winter in north Iceland through any art form. Selected artists will have the opportunity to be secluded. Surrounded by mountains and snow, work in a quiet, creative space for ten weeks. This residency provides an excellent collaborative environment that encourages community engagement. The Skammdegi Festival will be held from 15-18 February 2019 for the final presentation of the challenge.

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Deadline: 15 Jun 2018

Skammdegi, in Icelandic, means the Dark Winter, a condition that is a yearly right of passage in this part of the world. At its darkest on December 21, the mysterious local daylight is present for less than four hours. The rest is night. Surrounded by mountains on three sides and looking directly at the Northern Atlantic on the other, Olafsfjordur, in North Iceland, is the uniquely beautiful location of Listhús.

During the months of December and January, the sun never rises higher than the surrounding mountains. The land is covered by a mysterious light reflected from the snow-covered mountains. The atmosphere creates a special environmental and emotional challenge. Local people eager to raise their spirits in the long night light up their houses with colorful lights and celebrate the distinctive Icelandic Christmas traditions till January 6th. As the winter progresses, the sun gradually climbs the mountains until the first ray of sunshine glows on the highest local peak on January 21. By the end of the month, the sunshine will once again reach the town itself.

Having recently completed its forth running, the Skammdegi Residency And Festival has formed a distinct character. It provides a hospitable environment and rare atmosphere for artists doing experiments that they cannot implement elsewhere. While the location is remote and doesn’t have the resources present in a larger city, artists feel the freedom of creation. The residency duration is long enough for artists to explore a new place, establish a new idea, and achieve its implementation.

Skammdegi Residency And Festival Fee For Ten Weeks

  • 900 euro: a single bedroom without extra studio, desk in the bedroom
  • 1,100 euro: a single bedroom with working studio 5-7 sqm. shared or private
  • 1,100 euro: a double bedroom without extra studio, desk in the bedroom
  • 1,500 euro: a double room with studio 15-20 sqm.
  • 2,000 euro: two-bedroom apartment, for maximum two couples, no extra working space provided

About Listhús ses.

Listhús SES. is a non-profit organization, run by a comprehensive team. It is not backed by public institutions. Activities are financed by the residency fee. There is no paid staff for daily operation. The residency fees are as low as possible.

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Emmanuel College Artist Residency 2018 – Call For Artists

Emmanuel College Artist Residency 2018 – Call For Artists

The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week Emmanuel College Artist Residency 2018 to four artists each summer. The residency supports a diverse group of artists. It provides time and space for artists to develop their work.

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2018

The Art Department aims specifically to award a residency to one individual from each of the four categories: ceramics, photography, printmaking, and social justice. Emmanuel College strives to foster a supportive environment to achieve creative and artistic excellence. The residency plays an important role in advancing the visual arts on the Emmanuel campus. It provides an important educational program on contemporary art accessible to students, staff, and faculty. Residents should be willing to support and interact with each other, students, and faculty.

The Emmanuel College Artist Residency 2018 defines Emmanuel College as a leader in the visual arts. It brings greater visibility to that leadership role beyond the confines of the College.

Emmanuel College Artist Residency 2018 Specifications

  • Artists must not be currently enrolled in any academic program
  • Residency is from mid June to mid August 2018
  • Artists will receive a stipend of $1000 dollars and reimbursement for travel and visa up to an additional $1000
  • Lodging is provided in the college dorms with access to a small kitchen
  • Artists may be invited back for a presentation during the 2018/19 academic year based on teaching needs
  • Residents have access to communal college studio facilities with ample space sharing – ceramics, wood shop, print shop, darkroom, design lab, and drawing studios
  • Artists must devote three hours to Emmanuel’s summer art history course, Contemporary Art and Artistic Practice, discussing their own process
  • Emmanuel will host a closing exhibition for all resident artists to participate in and show the larger community the end result of your work.
  • Artists will donate one piece to Emmanuel College at the end of the residency

Each artist is provided housing on campus and a stipend between $1000-1500 dollars. This stipend primarily supports transportation costs to arrive on campus, then towards food and materials. With the dedicated time, and support of equipment and studio space at Emmanuel College many artists have spurred their career or honed and advanced a specific work in progress. Each artist has walked away with an accomplishment that could not have happened without the ECAR experience. Spending time in a new city has allowed our artists to make new connections and broaden their opportunities, leading to possible exhibitions and teaching positions in the greater Boston area.

About Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a liberal arts school in the heart of Boston with a seventeen acre campus. It was founded in 1919 as the first Catholic all women’s college in New England. In 2001, the school became coed. It is located in the Fenway district, next door to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a short walk from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since 2010, Emmanuel College has supported artists by offering a chance to spend the summer in this culturally rich area. With connections to Simmons, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wentworth and Wheelock, it has an extensive network of library access and information of which artists get to take advantage.

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BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 – Call For Artists

BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 – Call For Artists

Australian and international artists from various fields including visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, and curating are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2017.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Apr 2017

BigCi is located only 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, yet it is in a dramatically different world. It is on the edge of the Wollemi National Park in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains. This is an area of stunning scenic beauty with its own unique flora, fauna, and geomorphology. There is no entry fee.

The two winning BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 artists will each receive four free weeks of BigCi residencies and AUD$2,000 spending money. In addition to that, up to AUD$2,000 Artflight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners.

BigCi Environmental Awards 2017 - Call For Artists

About BigCi

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit micro artist residency program with a focus on supporting practicing artists by facilitating their projects. Micro means that they are flexible in the range of creative initiatives, personal in the way they work with individual artists, quick in making decisions, energetic in development and implementation of projects, keen to be involved in multidisciplinary collaborations.

BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists. In addition to the artist residency program, BigCi is available for a variety of events, performances, workshops, installations and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome. Because of their location and the knowledge base of our team, many of our residents are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues. Many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

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Go Elsewhere – Call for Artists

Elsewhere, a living museum, residency, and creative laboratory set inside a former thrift store, is accepting applications from artists and researchers working across all media, fields, and disciplines for 2016 and 2017.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 13 Feb 2016

Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.

Elsewhere’s three story museum contains a vast 60 year inventory of cultural surplus and thrift, no longer for sale, and available for interpretation and transformation by its visiting artists and communities. Elsewhere encourages investigations into people and things, exploring inventories, artworks, living systems, and neighbors that model, exemplify, and invent new ways of living, working, and playing.

Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit living museum and artist residency in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 60-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our neighborhood and across the world.

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Artist Residency 2016 – Call for Artists

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency offers a seven week residency program located in Joshua Tree, CA.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Mar 2016

Program: May – July 2016

Artists are given free housing and studio space. Stipend award of up to $1000. Exhibit of artist work at JTAG gallery.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency is a non profit organization providing opportunities for artists to explore new ideas and projects in the beauty of the Mojave Desert.

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Summer 2016 International Artist Residencies in Rome, Italy

c.r.e.t.a. rome offers artist residencies for ceramic artists, visual artists, and writers for a periods of 4 and 5 weeks.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 31 Mar 2016

A selection committee composed of artists, art critics, and historians carefully evaluates applicants based on their artistic experience, merit, and project proposal.

Artists have the opportunity to focus on their art, whether it be creating a new body of work, expanding a well-established oeuvre, or allowing themselves to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the centuries of culture that define the eternal city.

c.r.e.t.a. rome is offering an international self-funded residency program in Rome, Italy. The Italian word for clay seemed perfect to express our commitment to creating an international reference point for ceramics and the arts in the eternal city of Rome. Moreover, taken as an acronym, it spells out our main activities: ceramics, residencies, exhibitions, teaching and the arts. We are located in the mid 16th-century Palazzo Delfini in the historical center of Rome, just blocks from the Capitoline Hill on one side and the Pantheon on the other.

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