Artscape is now accepting applications for a community-engaged Artist-in-Residence program at Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park’s community cultural hub. This program is open to professional artists of all disciplines and will run one full year from June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017.
Based out of Daniels Spectrum and intentionally set against the backdrop of a vibrant and evolving neighbourhood, this residency will provide one mid-career or established professional artist an opportunity to explore her or his own artistic practice, mentor members of Daniels Spectrum’s community and engage Regent Park community members in the creation of a new work. The new work developed during this residency will be shared publicly at Daniels Spectrum. This program will provide an opportunity to reflect the community’s rich stories and enhance Regent Park’s already vibrant arts and culture scene. Through this residency, Artscape aims to demonstrate the transformative power of the arts by inspiring both the local community and the Artist-in-Residence to influence one another through shared practices and skills, and through the development of a collaborative, thought-provoking work.
The deadline for applications is Monday February 15, 2016, 11:59pm.
Please review the call below for more details.
Description of Residency
The Daniels Spectrum Artist-In-Residence program is site-specific and designed to intentionally and meaningfully involve members of the Regent Park community. During the first phase of the residency, the selected artist will have time to develop her or his own artistic practice while actively exploring the neighbourhood, meeting with local community members, and developing a proposal for their artistic production. Towards the end of the first phase of the residency, the artist will focus on a burning question or idea in relation to the community that he, she or they want to explore. The aim of the second phase of the residency is to produce a new work of art that will be inspired by these interactions with local community members and/or created with participation by local community member(s). This new work will respond to the burning question or idea explored during this residency, and will be shared publicly at Daniels Spectrum in 2017. In addition, the artist will work closely with Artscape to explore ways to provide mentorship and capacity-building opportunities for members of Daniels Spectrum’s community (tenant organizations and their participants) during the residency.
The artist will benefit from financial support by Artscape and in-kind support from the tenant organizations based out of Daniels Spectrum, including but not limited to, a monthly stipend, programming budget, outreach support to assist in making introductions to community members, and creative facilitation assistance to support the artist in meaningfully engaging community members. In addition, Artscape will provide for two to four community members honoraria for their participation in engaging with the artist.
In 2014, The Daniels Corporation (the lead developer of the Regent Park Revitalization) launched the inaugural Artist-in-Residence program in Regent Park. Canadian singer-songwriter and social justice activist Lorraine Segato was selected as Regent Park’s Artist-in-Residence. During her term, she enriched, celebrated and drew attention to Regent Park, while curating a number of cultural activities and events. As Lorraine’s residency comes to an end, Artscape has taken on the management of this Artist-in-Residence program in Regent Park.
This program is made possible thanks to revenues generated from the 2015 production of The Journey– A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization, an 80-minute musical that uses a powerful combination of spoken-word narrative, song and dance to document Regent Park’s nearly 70-year history and its amazing revitalization. In 2015, The Journey was presented by Innocon and produced by The Daniels Corporation, Lafarge and Artscape.
WHAT DOES THE DANIELS SPECTRUM ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM OFFER?
- $14,400 for Artist Fees and stipend ($1,200/month for a period of 12 consecutive months) to cover artist fees, travel, transportation, food, etc.
- $4,000 to cover programming and production costs (materials, supplies, etc.)
- Assistance from a professional creative facilitator experienced in engaging community
- Outreach support to assist in making meaningful connections to the local community
- Honoraria for two to four community members (for their participation in engaging the Artist-In-Residence)
- In-kind space for a rehearsal and final presentation of the new work, if required
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF RESIDENCY?
One year from June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Mid-career and established Canadian or international artists of all disciplines based in Toronto (please note: residential support is not included). Artists must demonstrate a strong interest in meaningfully engaging with the local community.
EXPECTATIONS & DELIVERABLES
The selected candidate will be expected to do the following:
- Spend 10-15 hours per week on average as the Artist-In-Residence.
- Produce a new work with input or support from the local community. This work will be presented publicly at Daniels Spectrum.
- Provide 3-4 mentorship opportunities to Daniels Spectrum’s community over the course of the year. (Artscape can assist in providing a variety of options such as hosting a workshop for Daniels Spectrum tenants, guest facilitating a workshop for the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program, providing one-on-one mentorship for a local youth, hosting an artist talk, etc).
ABOUT THE PROCESS
Stage 1: Submission Requirements
Applicants must fill out an online form by Monday February 15, 2016 at 11:59pm. A selection committee comprised of Regent Park and Daniels Spectrum community members (including professional artists) will assess the submissions in relation to the selection criteria and shortlist 3-5 artists to proceed to the second stage of the process.
STAGE 2: Selection Process
Three to five shortlisted artists will be interviewed by members of the selection committee in late February. All shortlisted applicants will be notified of their status by March 15, 2016. The residency will begin on June 15, 2016.
- Demonstration of Artistic Merit: Assessment of the artist’s track record, aptitude and drive in their respective discipline(s).
- Artistic Fit: Would the artist’s practice, approach and/or conceptual framework be compelling in this community? To what extent would it add value?
- Intentions: Does the artist demonstrate a desire to contribute meaningfully to Regent Park and/or Daniels Spectrum? Do the questions and ideas they plan to explore during the initial phase of their residency resonate in Regent Park?
- Resources: Assessment of the support required by the artist.
HOW TO APPLY
Please answer the following questions by clicking on this online form:
- Artist Statement (250 words max)
Describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger body/history.
- Artist Bio (100 words max)
- Expression of Intent (200 words max)
Explain your desire to work in Regent Park and/or Daniels Spectrum (include any experience working in this neighbourhood or other comparable experiences if applicable).
- Preliminary Research Ideas (100 words max)
While you do not need to present a proposal for the new work you will develop in the second phase of the residency, please indicate any preliminary questions, themes or ideas you hope to explore during the initial phase of your residency.
- Resume or CV (2 pages max)
- Resource Request (150 words max)
Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility or staff support required to the best of your ability.
Provide up to 10 samples of your artistic work (acceptable formats include PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPG, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP4, M4A, WAV, AVI, MOV, ZIP, PPT, PPTX, XLS)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Is There An Age Restriction?
- There is no age restriction for the artists that apply for the residency. However, we’d like to emphasize that we are looking for artist who are either mid-career or established artists.
- Are More Than 1 Artist Allowed To Apply (I.E. Artist Collectives, Partnered Artists, Etc.)?
- Artist collectives and partnered artists can apply for the residency provided they are both engaged in the program from beginning to end. The program budget will remain the same (i.e. it is up to the collective to share the fees provided by Artscape).
- Is There An Opportunity To Submit A Letter Of Reference With My Proposal?
- While applicants are not required to submit a reference letter, they are welcome to submit one with their resume.
- Does The Artist Have To Be Living In Toronto During The Residency?
- This program requires the artist to spend quite amount of time in the Regent Park community (at least 10 – 15 hours a week).
If you have any questions, please contact:
Outreach & Programs Coordinator, Daniels Spectrum
(416) 238-2453 x 105
Photo Credit : Phil Litevsky