Application Information

Proposal requirements & instructions

Please submit all RFP application materials by [Date TBD]. We encourage applicants to make submissions in a manner that best reflects your work, including images, audio, video, and/or written narrative.   

Your submitted narrative should include the following: 

  • Residency summary
  • Residency plan
  • Residency timeline and process
  • Residency expense budget

The call

The artist/educator in residence will design and execute a one-year residency that…

  • Connects community members to and in conversations about water and water stewardship
  • Builds community understanding of the value and essential role water plays for us all 

Residency summary

A narrative summary describing your vision for the residency, and the themes and objectives you will pursue with your creative practice. 

Residency Plan

The residency plan should address the following criteria. 

  • Community engagement approach:
    • Identify what community, or communities, you will seek to engage with, and how. 
    • Describe how you will ensure community engagement is equitable and that community members retain ownership of their narrative. 
    • Describe how the community, or communities, will be enriched by the engagement. 
  • District engagement:
    • Provide descriptions for specific activities for the residency. 
    • Description of how District buildings will be utilized during the residency (if applicable).
    • Description of any logistical support from District staff that you feel would be necessary to help ensure the success of the residency (if applicable).
  • Ongoing community impact:
    • What relationships will be developed during the residency? How will these be maintained?
    • Will the residency produce durable deliverables for the communities engaged?

Residency timeline & process

Map out the project steps and prospective timeline for project activities and deliverables.

Residency expense budget

Description for associated project expenses. Please break it down into line items. There is up to $10,000 for an associated expense budget. 

It is the District’s intention to respect the intellectual property of artists. 

All final proposals considered will be kept confidential to the District and proposal selection panel internally unless otherwise agreed upon between the artist and the District. Should an idea that is generated as part of this process be considered for future implementation, the contributing artist will be given the first right of refusal.

This residency is the first of a series of Catalytic Projects for the District & Shop One. Design of this residency was supported by the US Water Alliance Arts & Culture Accelerator program. Community members served as creative collaboration advisors to guide development of this residency and other catalytic projects.