Finalist Phase

Proposal requirements & scoring information

Three finalists will be selected from the initial application and invited to submit a full proposal.

Selected finalists will be notified by November 18, 2021 and have until November 22, 2021 to declare whether they’d like to proceed with submitting a final proposal.

Development of a full proposal will be compensated $750 and must be submitted by December 17, 2021. We encourage applicants to make submissions in a manner that best reflects their work, including images, audio, video, and/or written narrative.   

Final proposal requirements and scoring criteria are outlined below

Final proposal requirements

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. 

Final proposal scoring

Finalist proposals will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Artist/ Educator’s Creative Vision

How well does the plan align with Shop One values?

  • Does the plan advance reflection, conservation, and protection of water resources through creative engagement?
  • Do activities honor place and connection to local history?
  • Does the plan make the invisible visible by illuminating the hidden systems for water stewardship?

Community Engagement Approach

How well does the plan ensure equitable engagement with communities?

  • Is the plan clear regarding which communities will be engaged? 
  • Do plan activities connect to local resources and create community ownership of the narrative?
  • Do plan activities effectively communicate the Finalist’s ability to competently engage with the identified communities?
  • Will the plan strengthen water stewardship through relationship building?

District Engagement Plan

How well does the plan engage the District – its people and place?

  • Does the plan incorporate ways to engage District staff?
  • Does the plan incorporate the use of the Shop One building?

Ongoing Community Impact

How will the plan create long term relationships and opportunities?

  • How will relationships developed over the course of the residency be maintained? 
  • Is there an opportunity for ongoing engagement with participating communities? 
  • Does the plan include creations/deliverables that may last beyond the scope of residency?

It is the District’s intention to respect the intellectual property of artists, but please note that Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records laws.

In addition, 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.