2018 Applications DUE AUGUST 6th 2017 11:59 PM

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The Creative Community Housing Project (CCHP) is the "Artist-In-Residency" program of The Creatives Project. CCHP is dedicated to supporting the day-to-day lives of creative individuals. Understanding the financial stresses associated with pursuing a career in the arts, it is our mission to offer creatives various levels of support while nurturing the arts ecosystem through arts education service. READ MORE HERE

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CCHP Artist-in-Studio RESIDENCY | LONG TERM studio space (2018-2020)

The CCHP Artist-in-Studio provides six Atlanta visual artists with free long term studio spaces and exhibition opportunities for a 2 year cycle which will begin Jan 2018. In exchange, each of the selected artists will complete arts based community outreach. The studios and exhibition space are provided by and located at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. While in the program residents will also receive promotional support, exhibition opportunities and professional development. In essence, you give your time and we give you space as you become part of our team of creative change agents.

  • Note: Each applicant must be able to commit to three hours of outreach per week (12 hours/month)
  • 2 alternates will also be accepted
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The Goat Farm studios pictured above depict the the types of studios rewarded through CCHP's Artist in Studio Residency Program included in the Stodja House platform.

The Goat Farm Arts Center has established itself as one of Atlanta's largest performing & visual arts centers.  Located in the Westside Arts District of Atlanta, the Center has multiple performance and exhibition halls and hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theater performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.  It also houses a library/cafe and an education center. Also newly added, a cafe/library, an on-site organic farm, an education center, a 5000 square foot sprung floor for contemporary dance and newly built creative studios now occupied by more than 300 artists.

Stodja House is the Goat Farm's support platform for artists-in-residence (both visual & performance). The platform provides free long-term studio & rehearsal space directly to artists as well as selected entities such as TCP that have created their own arts based mentorship/residency programs.

Pictured above 2015-17 TCP resident artists Shanequa Gay and John Tindel hanging out at their Goat Farm Studios during the annual winter open studio sale. "Artists are always in search of a creative community that provides space, resources, and opportunity as these are the elements of a healthy functioning arts ecosystem. This residency is one that fills you to the brim in order to fill others through diverse initiatives and programs that impact the youth through the arts. TCP has provided the ultimate creative experience from the studios on the utopian-like grounds at the Goat Farm, access to creative professionals along with helping artists to build a sustainable client base. It has been an honor to serve as a TCP artist in residence“ - Shanequa Gay (pictured above) 2015-17 “Artist-in-Studio” Resident.

Pictured above 2015-17 TCP resident artists Shanequa Gay and John Tindel hanging out at their Goat Farm Studios during the annual winter open studio sale.

"Artists are always in search of a creative community that provides space, resources, and opportunity as these are the elements of a healthy functioning arts ecosystem. This residency is one that fills you to the brim in order to fill others through diverse initiatives and programs that impact the youth through the arts. TCP has provided the ultimate creative experience from the studios on the utopian-like grounds at the Goat Farm, access to creative professionals along with helping artists to build a sustainable client base. It has been an honor to serve as a TCP artist in residence“ - Shanequa Gay (pictured above) 2015-17 “Artist-in-Studio” Resident.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Can I apply if I live out of state?

You must reside in the metropolitan Atlanta upon acceptance into the program. The application includes a list of eligible counties.

2. Am I allowed to travel during the residency?

Absolutely! We understand that you may have special occasions or even other residencies to travel for during the 2yr residency period. We simply require that you notify us ahead of time and that missed outreach hours are made up at a later date. We fully support your creative endeavors and understand that your ability to travel is a big part of building your career as an artist!

3. What happens if I must move during the 2 year period?

We know it is possible for your lives to take a turn or require a shift in direction. If you must move away from Atlanta your space will be given to an alternate candidate as we wish you well on your new adventure!

4. Am I allowed to participate in other residencies, exhibitions, and programs while in residence with TCP? 

We are here to support artists careers! Therefore, we encourage our residents build their experiences through inclusion in exhibitions and other career support programs. We DO NOT, however, allow artists to double-dip for specific resources. For instance; An artist applying for TCP studio space/housing cannot be receiving a similar formal subsidy elsewhere. If the artist produces any work that receives support for its development through the residency and such work appears in an exhibition or public performance, the artist must ensure that TCP receives acknowledgment by including language substantially similar to the following: “This work has been supported in part by The Creatives Project, a 501(c)3 organization | This body of work was created during The Creatives Project Artist-in-Residency Program.”

5. I noticed that most of the programs appear to be more visual art driven, and I am a dancer/choreographer.  Are there more facilitative roles behind the scenes?

We look forward to expanding our reach to support all creative types so we encourage the participation of creative genres outside the visual arts with the understanding that establishing your outreach programing may require more of a time commitment from you and extra support from our team to create an outreach experience in your genre from the ground up. (also see #'s 9 & 10 below)

6. I was wondering if this program extends to music producers/musicians.

Although we have never had resident musicians in the studio program, we are open to the idea. However, the current studios we have to offer are most ideal for visual artists. These shared spaces are situated in a charming old factory and although there are walls, the spaces lack ceilings and therefore sound proofing. The floor is shared with other paying tenants so we have a responsibility to follow certain sound ordinances. With all of that being said, we are constantly expanding our resources and often acquire new space in the midst of a residency term that allows us to better meet the needs of Atlanta's creative class. In those mid-term instances we reach out to previous applicants to help fill our newly acquired spaces. We encourage you to apply as our programs are in a constant state of growth and our vision includes supporting all types of creatives... producers, musicians, writers, dancers, actors, you name it!                                                                                                                        

7. I just wanted to know more about what you all considered performance. I am a writer for the stage and screen. I write for performance. Usually plays, spoken word poetry, live sketch comedy and standup. The play that I recently finished involves poetry, visual art and dance. But my main form of creation is writing. Would you all consider this within the guidelines of the types of artist you are looking for?

We consider dance, movement, stage drama, and artists whose work is performative in nature : performance based art. The end products/ adaptations of your work could be presented as your visual examples, however we suggest this is clearly explained in your application. Also, being that you are performance writer, how do you plan on utilizing the studio space? This may be a good question to address in your application as our residency has focused on supporting visual arts in the past. It may be helpful for the the review panel to better understand how the studio space could alternatively support the work of a writer working towards creating a visual outcome and how accessing the awarded space is crucial to your creative process as well. (also see # 5 above).

8. Will I be required to teach the "Educational Program Proposal" that is submitted with my application? 

Not necessarily. Although many of our previous residents have teaching experience, many of them do not. This section of the application helps us gain an understanding of where you fall on the arts instruction spectrum and your level of creativity/ enthusiasm when it comes to teaching your craft. Your Educational Program Proposal may or may not be utilized for instruction during outreach and in some cases can be modified to better fit the needs of our outreach beneficiaries.

9. I have an organization in mind for my outreach. Can this organization be my outreach beneficiary?

It is possible but not guaranteed that the organization you have in mind will be approved as your outreach beneficiary. TCP maintains a roster of beneficiary organizations who have been nominated or selected based on specific outreach population guidelines. We are currently looking to expand our reach into highly under served neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta by offering support to communities and organizations with very high concentrations of children living in low income situations who may also have disabilities or other developmental delays. We are always open to providing our support to different organizations as long as they meet our beneficiary requirements.

10. Should one be chosen for the residency, is there a cooperative conversation about developing a working community outreach proposal?

We are open to developing a new community outreach proposal with the selected artist, as long as the artist is aware that this may take more of a time commitment on their behalf as starting a brand new program with new program partners and programming goals can be a bit more labor intensive.

11. Is outreach every week?

Studio residents are required to complete 12 hours per month of arts outreach, however these hours may be completed over the course of the 2 year residency (approx 250 total hours). It is important to note; Recently TCP has been working to expand its reach into more communities across Metro Atlanta. Building these new relationships requires flexibility from our staff and resident artists to best meet the needs of the communities we serve. Outreach sites may request weekend workshops, weekly experiences, or even a TCP visiting artist to work a daily program. For example, we have residents complete an entire years worth of outreach over the course of a month! We work with all parties to create ideal schedules to ensure successful experiences.

When a scheduling conflict or personal emergency arises we simply require that you notify us, have another TCP resident cover your shift, and make up your missed outreach hours at a later date.

12. I have been doing community outreach for 1.5 years with multiple venues and would like to know if you would like letters of recommendation from venues within my application?

Although those letters are not required you could include them in the CAP proposal section as testimonials to your outreach experience. Please feel free to submit any documents that will help us better understand your desire to make an impact on your community or demonstrate the impact you have already made.                                                                                     

13. Does this residency also include housing?

This call for submissions is for entry into the Artist-in-Studio Program which does NOT include housing. The call for submission for the housing residency can be applied for next spring. Please learn more about it here:  www.thecreativesproject.org/programs

14. If I am selected as an alternate will I be able to apply for the residency again?

If during the course of the residency the opportunity does not arise for you to move into a studio space you will be able to reapply for the next term.

15. The application says that artists will be assigned to shared studios. How has that typically worked? Do the artists work side-by-side in one studio? Or, do they usually have different schedules? While I am very interested in the outreach and collaborative nature of the program, I know I'd need private time in the studio too. (UPDATED JUNE 24TH)

The studio sizes vary from cohort to cohort. However here is an example of how the studios are currently shared among our residents: 1 large studio housing 4 artists, a medium sized studio housing 2 artists, one small studio occupied by one artists, and a 1 bedroom apartment subsidy awarded to 1 artist. We also endeavor to acquire special temporary space for residents working on larger scale projects on a need by need basis. For example our supporters Stryant Investments recently provided TCP resident artist William Massey access to one of their vacant buildings to complete a large scale installation for the Beltline.

Most of the space is shared, however we have found that our past residents also share very different schedules and are typically not in the space at the same time.

16. Is there a requirement for how the space is used by each fellow? (UPDATED JUNE 24TH)

We want the studio environment to strengthen the artist's creative process and/or professional development practices. In addition to using the space to create work, past fellows have elected to use their space for research and development or even presentation space to host collectors and studio visits. We leave it up to the fellows to decide how best to utilize the space offered so long as it is not used solely for storage.

17. How is space assigned among the artists selected? (UPDATED JUNE 24TH)

With each placement we consider the individual needs of the artists and how those needs relate to the overall needs of the shared group. We try to match complimentary genres to respect spacial needs and working styles. As finalists are selected we describe and tour available spaces with them. If for some reason a finalist is unable to utilize the inventory TCP has available, he/she may elect to wait for a more appropriate match. During this time however the artist is not be required to participate in any outreach programming. TCP contracts become binding only when space is provided to the artist by TCP.

 

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