Initial Application Information

Artists, educators, and cultural workers of all disciplines are invited to apply

The Shop One Artist/Educator Residency program is open to artists, educators, and cultural workers of all disciplines, including but not limited to: visual art (all mediums), performing arts, literary arts, graphic arts/design, arts education, community-based civic and/or social practice, interdisciplinary arts, community organizing.

INitial application & Selection

The selection of three finalists will be based on the following criteria:

  • Experience working as a practicing artist and/or educator.
  • Interest in, connection to, and/or experience engaging with populations and/or communities who have not had previous engagement with the District.
  • Experience using creative practice to inspire environmental stewardship.
  • Interest in, connection to, and/or experience using storytelling to inspire and inform.
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team.

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The deadline for initial applications has passed.

CriteriaDetailsPoints
Experience as a Practicing Artist/Educator• Minimum 5 years’ experience as a practicing artist or educator. NOTE: “Experience” is not confined to a proven record of conventional public art commissions. We encourage artists/educators with a diverse background of creative practice to apply.
• A demonstrated focus on community engagement as part of your creative practice.
45
Engaging and Working with Communities• Demonstrated experience or interest in engaging and working with communities on creative and/or educational projects.
• Knowledge and skills to ensure equitable engagement with communities, including but not limited to honoring place and connecting to local resources, and creating community ownership of the narrative.
• Exceptional cultural competency and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with community members from a diverse range of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience or interest in engaging with low-income, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.
45
Experience Inspiring Environmental Stewardship through Art/Education• Demonstrated experience or interest in using creative artistic or educational practices to inspire personal connections to the natural world.
• Experience or interest in using relationship-based approaches to encourage communal environmental stewardship.
• Demonstrated experience or interest in working in the field of environmental justice.
30
Storytelling• Demonstrated experience or interest in using your creative practice to tell a story that builds a line-of-sight between actions and consequences, or between history and the present.
• Demonstrated ability or interest in using your creative practice to tell a story that enables the audience to “see” what was previously “unseen.”
20
Professional Experience Working with a Multidisciplinary Team• Strong communication skills including interpersonal, facilitation, and presentation skills.
• Ability to instruct and lead District staff regarding principles for effective community engagement.
• Ability to problem solve and overcome the unexpected obstacles inherent to collaborative projects.
15

Experience as a Practicing Artist/Educator – 45 points

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a practicing artist or educator. NOTE: “Experience” is not confined to a proven record of conventional public art commissions. We encourage artists/educators with a diverse background of creative practice to apply.
  • A demonstrated focus on community engagement as part of your creative practice.

Engaging and Working with Communities – 45 points

  • Demonstrated experience or interest in engaging and working with communities on creative and/or educational projects.
  • Knowledge and skills to ensure equitable engagement with communities, including but not limited to honoring place and connecting to local resources, and creating community ownership of the narrative.
  • Exceptional cultural competency and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with community members from a diverse range of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience or interest in engaging with low-income, Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.

Experience Inspiring Environmental Stewardship through Art/Education – 30 points

  • Demonstrated experience or interest in using creative artistic or educational practices to inspire personal connections to the natural world.
  • Experience or interest in using relationship-based approaches to encourage communal environmental stewardship.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in working in the field of environmental justice.

Storytelling – 20 points

  • Demonstrated experience or interest in using your creative practice to tell a story that builds a line-of-sight between actions and consequences, or between history and the present.
  • Demonstrated ability or interest in using your creative practice to tell a story that enables the audience to “see” what was previously “unseen.”

Professional Experience Working with a Multidisciplinary Team – 15 points

  • Strong communication skills including interpersonal, facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to instruct and lead District staff regarding principles for effective community engagement.
  • Ability to problem solve and overcome the unexpected obstacles inherent to collaborative projects.

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.