Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence Program

In partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture (CSRPC), Arts + Public Life (APL) supports individual local artists whose work examines themes relevant to South Side communities and engages issues of race and ethnicity. Artists who participate in the program have demonstrated a history of rooting their practice in community engagement. The ten-month paid residency program provides space, materials and stipends, eliminating barriers to participation. During this program, artists have access to rehearsal, performance and exhibition space at the Arts Incubator and Green Line Performing Arts Center in Washington Park, and access to the academic and research resources of the University.

Meet the 2021 Artists-in-Residence: Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas-O'Neal + A.J. McClenon + Lola Ogbara 

Past APL/CSRPC Artists-in-Residence:

Arts + Public Life Performance Residency

Arts + Public Life’s Green Line Performing Arts Center supports performance-based artistic practices. As a venue on Chicago’s South Side, Green Line Performing Arts Center builds upon Arts + Public Life’s existing partnerships with local artists and arts organizations, develops new creative relationships, and offers: Performance related residencies for companies and directors; Education: training, master classes, and workshops; Theater, performance, and film-based programming; and Rehearsal and performance space. Arts + Public Life offers two performance residency tracks at the Green Line Performing Arts Center. Track One is designed for companies-theatre ensembles and performance collectives. Track Two is designed for directors, individuals with experience and strong desire for a career in theatre directing. The Performance Residency Program is intended to workshop and develop small scale productions. It is expected that participants of both residency tracks will provide: one workshop, master class or training program to the public free of charge rooted in their practice.

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About the APL/CSRPC Artist-in-Residence Program

Artists applying for the program should have a demonstrated history of rooting their practice in community engagement. The Artist-in-Residence program is typified by active immersion in public-facing aspects of Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. During the ten months, artists are often present leading public workshops, programs, artists talks, and hosting  studio visits, dinners, screenings, and/or readings. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the time of the residency. The artist residency is for individual Chicago-based artists, with a preference given to artistic practices which:

  • Examine themes relevant to South Side communities both on and off University of Chicago’s  Hyde Park campus
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation 
  • Privilege research methodologies as an integral part of the creative process 
  • Deepen understandings of the interconnectedness of race, power, class, gender, ability, and sexuality in our lives

Artists receive: 

  • Access to library at the University of Chicago
  • $1,000 monthly stipend
  • Studio space at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park
  • Budget for materials
  • Access to university faculty, students, and staff
  • Support for a final exhibition or culminating program at the Arts Incubator in the fall of 2021
  • Studio visits--organized and informal 

What you need to apply:

  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Completed online application 
  • Work samples 
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Application procedure:

  • Apply via the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page
  • Applications must be submitted through the UChicago Arts SlideRoom page by the deadline specified. 
  • Supporting materials (photography, music, video, etc.) should be uploaded along with the application in your SlideRoom submission.
  • Please note that only those applications submitted through SlideRoom will be considered for the residency.

The University of Chicago does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, and does not discriminate against members of protected classes under the law.

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