Application Information

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

Initial Application

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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Finalist Stage

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

Selected finalists will be notified by October 19, 2022 and have until October 21, 2022 to declare whether they’d like to proceed with submitting a final proposal.

Full proposals are due November 21, 2022. We encourage applicants to make submissions in a manner that best reflects their work, including images, audio, video, and/or written narrative.    Development of a full proposal will be compensated $750. 

Final proposal requirements and scoring criteria are outlined below

Full Proposal Content:

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. 

Full Proposal Scoring Criteria:

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 committee 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.