Side Street Projects

Mobility Archived Artist-in-Residence

Employment type
2 months ago
Los Angeles

Side Street Projects (SSP) is requesting proposals for our Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence program titled Mobility Archived. Side Street Projects offers a one-month residency for two artists to host workshops and develop a site-specific, community-engaged art project around the theme of Mobility Archived. This project will culminate in an exhibition at the end of the residency. The Mobility Archived residency will take place between February 2020 and May 2020.
We invite the artists-in-residence to explore twenty-seven years worth of ephemera from Side Street Projects’ archive to use as source materials and be a home for reflection. This project asks artists to engage with mobility as it relates to the movement of body, cultures, and histories. Mobility as diaspora. Mobility as immigration. Mobility as a source of regeneration and agency. Mobility as home.

What does the Artist Project Support?

  • Artist/Collective Honorarium $1250
  • Materials Budget (for workshops and project): $500
  • 4 Workshops (on Saturdays at SSP)
  • 1 Closing Celebration/ Exhibition

About Side Street Projects:
Side Street Projects was founded in 1992 by Karen Atkinson and Joe Luttrell. For over twenty-seven years, Side Street has supported artists who work in communities instead of galleries and make work that is not easily bought or sold. For 26 years, we have supported artists who work in communities instead of galleries and make work that is not easily bought or sold.
As an artist-run organization, our mission is to give artists of all ages the ability and means to support their creative endeavors. We do this through educational programs and artist projects that nurture relationships between artists and communities to promote creativity, wellbeing and the potential for collective growth.

What is the mission of this residency?
Side Street Projects offers 1-month and 3-month residencies to emerging and established artists, respectively. The program is designed for artists developing socially-engaged projects and connecting them to the communities Side Street Projects serves. Our residency program honors process over product and makes space for regeneration, deep listening, and peer-to-peer mentorship.

Who We Are Looking For In Mobility Archived:

  • We are seeking California-based artists who are interested in or have experience with community engagement.
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or local artists.
  • Projects are required to have an element that can be integrated into our free Saturday community workshops that engage with the creation or reflection of the art. We are particularly interested in projects that are developed in collaboration with our local community and are open to process-based work that may not have specific predetermined outcomes.
  • Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply.
  • This residency cannot accept full-time students at this time.

Budget, Resources, and Support:
Each artist/collective will be given a $1,250 Honoraria and a $500 material budget. Artists will be given access to our woodshop and equipment co-op. Side Street Projects provides professional development support for each stage of their project including marketing, community outreach, fabrication, fundraising, and project management. The goal of staff support is for the artists to learn new skills to sustain their careers while making sure that the community has the opportunity to learn about the projects and participate. Each artist will be given a time budget for staff time based on the individual needs of the project.

Please submit:

  • Artist Statement (Max Words 200)
  • Resume/CV
  • Up to 10 digital work samples
  • Artist Website and Social Media Handles (optional)
  • Materials budget
  • Time Availability
    • Between February and May, which months are you available for the 1-month-long residency? Artists are asked to be available all Saturdays of that month because that is when workshops and exhibitions will take place.
    • May be included in Proposal Description for applicants emailing a proposal
  • Proposal Description: Describe your proposed project, and how it will suit the requirements of the Open Call. Please address the following aspects when describing your project (Max Words 1000):
    • The Theme: Mobility Archived
    • Community Engagement
    • Collaboration
    • Site Specificity
    • Creative Process
To apply

Please apply via the online application OR email proposals to [email protected] by October 31, 2019, at 12am PST. If digital work samples are too big to email please provide links or send via google drive.

A Residency Information Session will be held on October 5, 2019, at 11am at SSP Mobile HQ (Intersection of Canada and Casitas in Pasadena behind John Muir High School). All participants will be assisted in writing and organizing their Mobility Archived residency proposal.

This is also an opportunity to scope Side Street Projects’ archive, meet SSP staff, and see SSP’s temporary headquarters. If you are not able to attend the workshop please email [email protected] to schedule a time to come by and do a site visit. Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprised of Side Street artists on the board and staff.

This project is funded through the generous support of the California Arts Council.