Deadline October 24: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is calling for artists to participate in a brand new program, Time Exchange. Time Exchange aims to create a novel residency structure in which for every hour artists spend working in their studio on their own projects, they will in turn provide an hour of volunteer effort and service back to the community.
The program will consist of residencies lasting from one to three months, in newly-renovated storefront space at 4017 Lancaster Avenue, at the intersection of a diverse array of communities in West Philadelphia, and will provide artists with free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects identified by residents and community-based organizations. Time Exchange offers an unparalleled opportunity for artists to explore the complex and necessary, if uncharted, role that responsible and accountable creative practice can play in a challenged and changing neighborhood.
The deadline to apply for one of the artist residencies is Friday, October 24, 2014. More information and a downloadable application can be found at www.neighborhoodtime.exchange.
Time Exchange, an initiative that will explore how embedded artistic practice can be a platform for social change, was conceived by the founders of Broken City Lab, who will be curating the residency in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, the People’s Emergency Center, and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE).
Time Exchange invites artists to engage their personal, autonomous artistic practice within the space of a studio, while also providing a platform for contributing to projects that directly and positively impact the surrounding community. In exchange for free studio space and the monthly stipend, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects suggested by residents and community-based organizations. Artists will also take part in open houses, exhibitions and similar events that will create connections with the community.
Time Exchange will select a cohort of 12 artists for the residency. Six of these resident artist slots are reserved for local artists residing in Philadelphia, with an emphasis on the neighborhoods centered around Lancaster Avenue, including Mantua, Belmont, West Powelton, Saunders Park, and Mill Creek – a stipulation responsive to the significant population of artists living in PEC’s target area.
The project sponsors – Broken City Lab, Mural Arts Program, People’s Emergency Center, and the OACCE – will offer curatorial and organizational support, as well as introductions to and opportunities for connection with neighborhood and community leaders.
This project would not have been possible without the help of its sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Kresge Foundation, City of Philadelphia, Bank of America, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation.