2016 YBCA Artist Residency

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and Art Practical request proposals for a three-month artist residency that will take place from April 1 to June 30, 2016.

The YBCA Artist Residency will award an emerging/mid-career artist whose work foregrounds social and public practice a $10,000 monetary award and opportunities to create meaningful programs and projects that look beyond the traditional exhibition context to engage with Bay Area communities. We seek proposals from artists in all disciplines, including visual arts, performance, theatre, dance, film/video, and new media.

The residency specifically seeks to support artists that explore ideas through public engagement. Social and public practices are proving to be a powerful way of connecting people to each other through interactive artistic content. These artists work directly with communities and in neighborhoods in the Bay Area, which are the key locations to catalyzing change in the lives of our citizens. In partnering with YBCA on the YBCA Artist Residency, Art Practical seeks to create an expanded audience for the selected artist, to invite the artist to participate in a critical conversation about their practice, and to highlight the myriad ways by which arts institutions contribute to the sustenance and growth of their community.

The Residency directly invests in the artistic landscape of the region by providing critical financial support for a conceptually rigorous and executable artistic project. Past recipients of the YBCA Artist Residency include 2014 awardees Nomi Talisman and Dee Hilbert-Jones, whose short animated documentary, Last Day of Freedom, has been nominated for a 2016 Oscar, and 2013 awardee Chris Vargas, who is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital grant.

All application materials are due via email Monday, March 7, 2016 by 5pm through https://ybca.submittable.com/submit/53112. Late submissions will be disqualified.


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