Artist Residency

The application process is currently OPEN
Deadline to apply is Monday, April 17th at midnight


PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work, strengthening 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 residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Preference will be 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 dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations.

• Residency Schedule: Six-to-eight-week residency between the dates of September 2017 – August 2018
• Artist Benefits: Six-to-eight-week residency, a weekly stipend ($250)
• Community Engagement: Share ideas with and demonstrate process to a diverse group of youth in structured workshops (approximately 4-6 hours per week, supported by staff).

Each resident is asked to lead a series of creative workshops with a group of underserved youth that requires a 4-6 hours per week with the artist. These workshops are designed in collaboration with PlatteForum staff and supported by staff and volunteers. The residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the resident artist and the youth are presented in a performance, exhibition or artist talk, seminar, tailored for the artist and their work.



A resume and up to 10 samples of your work are required. Images and documents, including your resume/CV, may be uploaded in the portfolio upload area, including videos or audio. Follow these instructions for all work sample uploads:
-Please limit image size to 1 MB and video to less than 2 minutes long.
-FOR IMAGES: Please only upload single image files in JPG format ONLY.
-FOR RESUME/CV: Please upload a PDF ONLY.
-VIDEOS and AUDIO must be submitted as links and should be listed in your PDF resume file. This resume PDF should include title, brief description, and link to video/audio of each.

CREATIVE STATEMENT (please limit to 400 words):
Briefly talk about your work, it’s ideas, intentions, and larger issues that frame your work in today’s world (social narratives). Please also mention how this residency might positively impact your goals as an artist?

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (please limit to 400 words):
A key component of a PlatteForum residency is the artist’s ability and openness to share their creative process with the community. Each resident is asked to lead a series of creative workshops with a group of underserved youth that requires a 4-6 hours per week with the artist. These workshops are supported by PlatteForum staff and volunteers. Describe how you envision working with the youth.

QUESTIONS? Contact Artistic Director, Rebecca Vaughan at or by phone at (303) 893-0791.

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 each 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).


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