PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work. Our goal is to strengthen individual practice through collaboration and community engagement. Our residencies are designed to celebrate creativity and foster and challenge artists to incorporate a bit of social practice, or social narrative into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expansive thinking about what art is and can be.
While artists share their creative process and work with youth, PlatteForum gives guidance and ongoing support throughout each artist residency and beyond. Such support generates dialogue with the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residences engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate.
Preference is given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social and ecological issues. In doing this we hope to provoke dialog that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations.
A.O. Scott (journalist and film critic for the NY Times) writes: “I respect the efforts of economists and social scientists to explain the world. I trust artists and writers more. Not necessarily to be righteous or infallible, or even consistent or coherent: not to instruct or advocate, but rather, through the integrity and discipline they bring to making something new, to tell the truth.”
While there are many ways to support and experience the arts, artists’ communities support individuals in the creation of new art making and ideas. PlatteForum is a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, an international organization that advances creativity. Community connections nurtured by collaborations and partnerships with organizations, schools, and individuals that extend the artist’s aesthetic are integral to each residency. The PlatteForum approach — teaming creative residents with youth and the community — makes a valuable contribution to our city’s cultural discourse, fosters personal growth for the artist, and positively impacts the lives of participating individuals. PlatteForum’s uniqueness gives artists, youth, and community members opportunities that they might not find elsewhere.
Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only five slots awarded for the 2016/17 year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists for only four available slots in the Artist Residency program each season. Residencies are 6-8 weeks in duration.
Information for Artists: How to Apply for a PlatteForum Artist Residency
Who Can Apply: The Artist Residency program is open to artists in all genres. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. We encourage local, national, and international artists to apply. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways for interacting with the public as articulated in the application are important criteria in the selection process. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. There is a three-year waiting period for former residents (for example, an Artist Resident from the 2012-13 season is not eligible to apply until the 2015-16 season). Resident artists are asked to donate a piece of art that will be auctioned by PlatteForum to support the residency program.