13 May 2013
New City Arts and The Haven are seeking applicants for two studio spaces on the second floor of The Haven (112 West Market St., Charlottesville, VA) for a 10-month residency, beginning September 2013.
The New City Arts Initiative is a collaborative non-profit fostering engagement with the arts in the greater Charlottesville area. As a collaborative initiative, New City Arts works through partnerships to establish a creative network with relationships, thoughtfulness, and artistic practice at its core.
The Haven is a day shelter for the homeless and those in need in downtown Charlottesville. In addition to providing showers, laundry, computer access, storage, and a healthy meal for guests every day, The Haven offers connections to social service providers on-site and in the community. Guests may benefit from access to overnight shelter, financial literacy, legal services and substance abuse outreach.
Together, The Haven and New City Arts have turned the second floor of The Haven into two studio spaces in order to provide affordable working space for artists and integrate creative programming into the resources available to Haven guests during the day.
This residency builds social capital in many ways; bridges are developed between the arts and the social service community, relationships develop between individuals who might not otherwise connect, and the conditions of homelessness and poverty directly and indirectly inform creative expression and thoughtful examination of the world.
The 2013 – 2014 residencies run from September 2013 – June 2014.
Each studio space is a quarter of an approximately 400 square foot, open workspace room. Water access is located on this floor. Windows on every wall provide wonderful, natural light during the day. The studios are located on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VA.
The attached photos were taken by Andrea Hubbell.
The studio space occupies half of this open room, while the other half is the office of City Schoolyard Garden. As this is a shared workspace, artists and officemates will agree to shared workspace norms determined by all individuals using the room for their work.
There are two conference rooms available to all building residents that are also open to studio artists seeking to host working groups, critique groups, etc.
Both resident artists will be required to develop a flexible arts program, focused on developing the artistic endeavors of Haven guests in the day shelter. For the first 2 months of the residency, artists will be expected to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours in the day shelter as regular volunteers (serving breakfast, working at the front desk, etc.) before arts programming begins. This 2 month expectation allows artists to build relationships with Haven guests before asking them to participate in artistic programming.
Expectations and Qualifications
Artists who demonstrate artistic excellence, an interest in studio production, and experience with community organizing are encouraged to apply. We expect artists to spend a minimum of 4 hours a week with guests and at least 6 in the studio.
Throughout the course of the year, both artists will be expected to host multiple open studio visits (2-4) for community members interested in their work and the residency program.
Haven Art Auction
Both artists are expected to assist with the annual Haven Art Auction by contributing a piece of work to the auction and assisting with installation of the auction exhibit.
This residency is a joint program between New City Arts and The Haven. To the extent that participation in other programming (The Haven’s Patch Garden and Kay’s Kitchen, New City Arts exhibits and discussion groups, etc.) offered through each organization benefits the artists involved, the artist would be welcome to participate. For a full list of program offerings, visit individual organization websites (The Haven and New City Arts).
Some Questions You Might Have
1. Why two artists, rather than just one?
From 2011-2012, New City Arts and The Haven coordinated a pilot residency program with Charlottesville-based artist, Patrick Costello. One of the most significant benefits from this pilot year was the community that formed between Haven staff, guests, volunteers, and the artist. Aside from a studio, this place provides people who feel like co-workers for artists who often work alone.
We value this co-working environment and believe that a two-studio approach in a bigger space helps each artist feel like they are colleagues.
2. Why is there only a 10 hour minimum commitment?
Since this program does not (yet) include a stipend, we recognize that applicants will need additional income to support themselves. Though there is currently no stipend, each artist will receive competitive downtown studio space at no cost.
We will work with individual artists to determine the best possible schedule for their involvement with us.
3. …. Other questions? Just ask (email Maureen)!
1. A “Letter of Intent” that describes your interest in this program.
2. 5-10 images of work made in the last 2 years. **Important: before submitting, please inquire how to best submit these images. If you have an artist website, our answer will differ from those without an artist website.
3. A resume
4. An artist statement
A full application should be emailed to Maureen Lovett -- artsdirector [at] newcityarts.org -- by midnight on June 8. If you’d rather mail in an application, send to The Haven c/o Maureen Lovett, 112 West Market St., Charlottesville, VA 22902.
Following a brief interview process for top applicants and a committee decision, each artist will begin the residency program on Monday, September 2.