Deadline March 6, 2016
Call for Artists: Mural Arts Program Artist Residency
Mural Arts Philadelphia invites visual artists working in any medium to apply for the Tacony Library and Arts Building (LAB) 2017 Spring-Summer Artist Residency. This 12-week residency residency, housed in a storefront library on the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor in Northeast Philadelphia, is a unique opportunity to combine personal practice, community engagement, and the creation of civically-focused public art. The Tacony LAB Artist Residency is open to visual artists based in the Philadelphia area with experience in public art and/or community engagement. Artists need not have experience in mural-making to be considered.
The Tacony Community Development Corporation (CDC) has identified the creation of new street banners for Torresdale Avenue as a key 2017 development goal. The LAB’s 2017 Spring-Summer resident artist will create these banners in collaboration with community members.
The artist selected for the residency will have access to the LAB studio space for both personal practice and project creation; the space will be shared with LAB art classes and workshops.
The artist will receive a total stipend of $4,000, in addition to full funding for materials and supplies associated with banner creation. The artist will be expected to spend approximately 15 hours per week on-site in the studio and the Tacony neighborhood. Some of this time will be devoted to engaging the community through weekly activities with youth and adults. The artist will develop these activities in collaboration with the LAB Project Manager and the library staff. The artist will also be expected to take part in LAB open houses, relevant community meetings, and similar events.