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Artist Residency Application deadline Nov 15, 2017

Elsewhere Studios, located in Paonia, CO, has received a $25,000 grant from the Arts in Society Program to offer social action artist residencies. This collaboration between Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Hemera Foundation is in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Elsewhere was chosen as one of 23 recipients from a field of over 265 applicants.

Grant awardees were selected based on the applicant’s ability to illustrate artistic excellence and broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society. Elsewhere was also selected based on how the proposed project demonstrates cross-sector work, exhibits cultural relevancy, fosters community engagement, and presents opportunities for shared learning.

Elsewhere’s project, INSPIRED: Art at Work, will bring social action artists or artist working in community-based methods to Paonia in summer 2018 for a two-month residency. The selected artists will work closely with local artists, five local partner organizations (Citizens for a Healthy Community, Western Colorado Conservation Center, Farm and Food Alliance, Solar Energy International, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition), scientists, and policy makers. They will create socially-engaged artworks that address issues such as: preservation of culture and environment, creation of a resilient economy in rural Colorado, and values under threat by fracking, development, and loss of jobs. These collaborations and a final symposium are designed to broadly engage the community and promote dialog about concerns vital to the future of this rural area.

Through a series of meetings/discussions, the artists and community members will define a particular issue or set of issues (such as, the impact of energy development, Gunnison River health, air quality, changing energy resources, the loss of coal mining jobs, changing cultural norms, etc.)
Apply to Elsewhere Studios’ INSPIRED: Art at Work Project