About the program
The AVA a-i-r Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local artists. One residency finalist will be chosen on the basis of merit by an independent selection panel of professionals in the arts and arts patrons. The selected artist will be provided with a studio in the Astoria Studio Collective building free of charge for the eight-month residency period. Artists who have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply with an updated portfolio and statement reflecting updates and changes.
>>> General Information/How to Apply:
The disciplines, and what to submit:
Eligibility: Local artists, at least 18 years of age and living within the greater Astoria area, will be judged on the quality and promise of their work and proposal. (AVA a-i-r does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.)
Requirements: While no exhibition, publication or performance is required of the selected artist, community responsibility includes weekend open studio events during Astoria's Second Saturday Art Walk at least twice during the residency. (This requirement is waived during the pandemic.)
Length of stay: Eight-month-long residency
Aid: Selected artists will be provided with a small studio in the Astoria Studio Collective building, free of charge. Some additional financial help with art supplies and drink/food vouchers may be provided.
Call for artists will be by local media, web posting, and social media.
Selection committee: An independent panel of working artists and supporters will serve as the selection committee.
Residency extensions: Current a-i-r artists are eligible to extend their residencies into the next residency cycle. However, in order to extend their residency, the current resident artists must submit a new application in which they make the case, through narrative and documentation, that they used the residency well to date, but need more time to bring project(s) to completion or, at least, closer to completion. Note that an application for extension does not guarantee selection. The process remains competitive.
Include in your application:
Website (if available)
An essay of no more than 250 words.
Please answer within the essay: "What are your goals for this residency?" and "How might the residency help your creative pursuits?"
Work samples (as noted above)
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