This is the submissions page for Atlantic Center for the Arts. For a current residency schedule, please visit Mentoring Artist-in-Residence Schedule. Mentoring Artists that are currently accepting applications are listed below.

Carefully read all of the application requirements for each category you are applying to.

Please note: You cannot edit your submission after it has been completed.

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 25 - July 15,  2023
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, performance maker Okwui Okpokwasili, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:

-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?


Residency Statement:

In this residency, we will be addressing painting as an object, an action, and an idea focused through the lens of abstraction. Our goal will be to examine the history of abstraction and the history of man as a vehicle to explore yourselves as individuals. All things will be considered as an artistic approach. We will often work in a theoretical space, guided by a sense of self that can only be understood through the process of doing. Weekly meetings will alternate between film screenings, readings, critiques, and studies in the field.
I’m looking for applicants who are passionate about abstraction and painting.


Application Requirements:
● CV
● Artist Statement
● 3-5 prior projects
● 250-word response: Why would you like to attend this residency?
● Summarize your project in one sentence

Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 25 - July 15,  2023
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, performance maker Okwui Okpokwasili, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:

-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?

 
Residency Statement:

The participants should have an embodied practice and be open to exploring gesture, image, text, and sound in a durational practice. They should be open to recombination and reconfiguring ideas. They should be generous to others and open to having their own ideas fall apart.

Application Requirements:

TBD


Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.
Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 25 - July 15,  2023
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, performance maker Okwui Okpokwasili, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:

-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?


Residency Statement:
Forums for Storytelling is a residency created to examine the power of intersecting ideas utilizing modes of abstraction, the body, and materiality as essential components. The process of unpacking these notions will create a pathway for participants in the residency to better understand the potency imbued in the multitude of strategies utilized for storytelling. Regardless of the medium whether it’s the written word, performance, painting, exhibition-making, or public programming, storytelling is a central tool that enables artists, writers, and curators to create a forum for rigorous discourse revolving around culture, contemporary society, and the self.

Weekly meetings will alternate between discussions, readings, critiques, and studies in the field. Participants will have exposure in larger group settings with fellow participants and mentors including visual artist Alteronce Gumby and multidisciplinary artist Okwui Okpokwasili over the course of the residency ensuring cross-pollination of ideas and creative practices. Subjects will range from building narratives to professional development all in an effort to holistically shape the storytellers of the future.


Application Requirements:

  • CV
  • 3 examples of prior projects that you are most proud of
  • 250-word response: Why would you like to attend this residency? What do you want to work on during the residency?

Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.
Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 12 to March 4, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
I look forward to working with creative musicians of any background who are interested in a rich exploration of different music, including our own. I’d like to challenge ourselves to find ways of describing and discussing that music that does not presume any specific historical lineage or educational background but arrives at complex ideas and analyses through an open embrace of the subjective experiences we each bring to the table. 

My hope is that we will leave the session with a more robust and broadly-applicable set of descriptive and analytical tools to use in our own creative practices, and perhaps even in the way we listen to all music.

Application Requirements:

  • 2-3 recordings, with accompanying descriptions providing some context of this work in your broader musical life and a brief description of how it was constructed or any other relevant descriptive analysis. Please include any notational instructions for the performance of the work, if applicable, including (but not at all limited to) “classical” musical scores. (For composers who work with notation, please feel free to send virtual-instrument mockups of scores that have not been performed)
  • A biography or CV in any style or form of your choosing
  • In your letter of intent, a statement of any specific personal goals you have for your residency, and any context that would be helpful in understanding those goals. Also, include a description of your own musical creative practice, and what music, histories, legacies, and genres inform that practice.


Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.   

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

If the application fee of $25 presents a barrier, please submit a letter to program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org. Please write “Application Fee Waiver” in the Subject line and address the letter (PDF or .docx file preferred) to Judd Greenstein, informing him how this barrier affects you from applying to his residency. The letter should not exceed 200-words. The deadline to request an application waiver is noon on Friday, September 9, 2022. All letters received after the September 9 deadline will not be accepted. Once approved by Judd Greenstein we will send instructions on how to proceed with the application process.

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 12 to March 4, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
As easy as most comics can be to read and enjoy, the form employs a sophisticated range of multimedia storytelling tools. I will help you exploit the narrative real-estate of the blank page while yielding to the collaborative virtues of words and pictures where the image is text, too.

Clear sequential storytelling is the skeleton key to successfully dramatize and communicate your ideas. This residency will challenge you to think in pictures, draw narratives, and expand your current ability to serve the story.

I’m looking for creators intent on both writing and drawing their own stories and committed to scrutinizing storytelling potential.

Your stories can be fiction or non-fiction as long as they're emotionally true. Creators will benefit most if they can bring the first draft in an editable form to the residency. This could be in typed screenplay format, though I favor hand-drawn thumbnail layouts that include text and images, drawn legibly so others can read and offer comments. In this form, we can discuss plot, narrative intent, scene breakdowns, and labor over layouts before diving into the finished artwork.

Application Requirements:

• a short half-page biography.

• a short half-page personal statement: a brief essay on topics such as why you make sequential art, what inspires you, where you started, where do you want to take it, and so on. Please include your particular interest in comics/cartooning and a brief description of the type of work you intend to do in the future.

• what do you hope to get out of this residency?

Work samples:

Basically, one complete story in the range of 5-10 pages showing me that you know the basics of storytelling, drawing, and comics layout. A low-rez PDF is preferred. Low-rez jpegs are cool, too.


Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.   

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 12 to March 4, 2023 

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST  

To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

I would like to work with multidisciplinary artists who labor publicly with a sense of urgency, with visionary artists who understand the prophetic aspect of their performative public practices as they ethically engage in creating a culture of consciousness—one project at a time. I welcome artists who mix the poetic with the political, the meditative with activism; silence and sound, stillness and movement. I seek artists who engage unapologetically in ambitiously complex social practices, pursuing research in decolonization processes & human rights, feminist, gender & queer critiques, ecological restoration & organic food production; with artists engaged in long-term works resulting in a wide range of profound empathic manifestations: from intimate healing gestures that are completely ephemeral, to large-scale public performances as cathartic portraits of societies; or hybrid gardens of natives, ornamentals & edibles that support regional nutritional sovereignty. The artist as a gardener of awareness. A savage future awaits and we need to rewild ourselves in order to become creatively instinctive and thus resilient, understanding that the history of art (if not of humanity) is about to be rewritten by the current crisis of democracy in the context of climate change.

Residency Logistics

My three-week residency will start with a five-day immersive seminar consisting of daily exercises that explore the psychic archaeology of the creative process of each participant, bonding the group. This will be followed by two weeks of generous curatorial consultations through mostly individual appointments about their new and/or ongoing projects. The focus of this residency will be on clarifying & sharpening the making processes which the participants bring into our safe space.


Application Requirements:

(All texts in .doc, .docx or .pdf form)

1. One-page (or less) autobiographical personal account

2. One-page (or less) narrative of your professional practice evolution

3. One-page (or less) proposal of the project you wish to work on during the residency

4. 12 images (.jpgs) with their titles, dates, materials & dimensions (if applicable)

5. Link(s) to your website(s) and/or online videos


Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.   

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 14 to June 3, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

Ours will be a residency for writers already hard at work on a project, but who currently feel creatively stifled or somewhat “stuck” in terms of how to proceed. Residency participants should be prepared to break away from any preconceived or prescriptive notions about how to write, and instead be willing to engage with informed, constructive feedback that will likely take their work in wildly new, creative directions. In order to make your time at ACA as aesthetically enriching and productive as possible, not only will I meet with each of you individually, but we’ll also spend our collective time together plumbing the depths of form and content, experimentation, and literary tradition, so that the work you generate will be bold, exciting, and uniquely your own.


Application Requirements:

-Submit a writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages

-Either a 250-word bio or a creative CV/resume

-A personal statement of up to 300 words describing your literary influences and aspirations, as well as what you hope to achieve during the residency.


Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 14 to June 3, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
I’m looking for artists who are working in film, video, writing, or photography who have an understanding of their practice and their process, and who are either looking to edit a project in process, shoot and make while at the residency, write poems every day or a little bit of all of that.  I want you to be ready to share works in progress, share ideas, respond to the landscape, and be ready to hit the ground running.  I’d like to meet one on one in studio visits, nothing too formal, and to meet as a group to talk and visit and critique work.

 
Application Requirements:
-Bio/CV

-One page proposal of what you’d like to work on while at the residency

-Up to 15 minutes of Film/Video samples (if necessary)

-10-15 images of photo-based work (if necessary)

-5-10 pages of writing samples

Residency Fee:
All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 8 to 28, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:

I am interested in working with dedicated, imaginative, curious musicians working in any genre. Applicants should be interested in expanding their creative practice through discussions, workshops, masterclasses, and lots of unstructured creative time. Through these activities, we will foster community, develop skills and language with which to talk about our work and the work of our peers, and will discuss the broader cultural context of our art-making.

Application Requirements:
• Letter of Intent: please include residency goals, current approach, and musical interests. You may also include non-musical interests or inspirations (optional). (.doc, .docx, .pdf file)

• Short Bio (.doc, .docx, .pdf file)

• Musical samples, 10 to 15 minutes total (.mp3 file(s))

• 1 or 2 musical scores, if these are relevant to your creative process (optional) (.pdf)

Residency Fee:

All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 8 to 28, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
In this life. In this particular black body, my artistic practice is inextricably tied to my spiritual practice. I am actively exploring elements of myth, folklore, history, and narratives that use the imagination as the entry point to themes of recovery, resistance, and transformation through the mediums of live and immersive performance as well as experimental film and video.  My practice is grounded in the belief that the crafting of performance, ritual, immersive experiences and transgressive pedagogy can be used as a technology to facilitate new ways of existing within and beyond oppressive paradigms.

This residency will be a generative process for the artists involved.  Artists will be guided through creative prompts and approaches that incorporate everything from personal narrative, history, archival work, and speculative fiction in order to create a performance/narrative text that can exist in either a live or digital format.


Application Requirements:
While the focus of the residence will be on the creation of a dramatic performance text.  Applicants are welcome to submit a 15-20 page writing sample that incorporates any literary medium (poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, essay, one-act, or full-length play samples.)

Residency Fee:

All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 8 to 28, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Mentoring Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement:
Art has the power to make visible that which too often goes unseen and unacknowledged. As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding—both intellectual and emotional.
I’m looking to mentor and work with visual artists that combine disciplines within their practice.
The 3 week engagement will also include a workshop that will address strategies to advance your creative practice.  

Application Requirements:
Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; jpeg, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file.
To be considered, please include the following items…

- CV (no more than 3-pages)
- A short (400-800 words) letter of intent. What you would like to do during the residency.
-What are your current goals as an artist? (400-600 words)
- List 2-5 Prior projects description and documentation (websites, etc.). Submit links in a  
separate document. State your role in the project.
- Send up to 10 images (.jpg)  and/or up to 10 minutes of online video - Please include separate
document with links to online work (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.) (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
Please include an image description sheet for slides.

Residency Fee:

All residency fees, room, and board are waived; this does not include travel, transportation, and artist materials.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page.
 

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