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El Museo del Barrio in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) is pleased to announce the first edition of the Artist-in-Residence program open to artists based in NYC. Taking place on-site at Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) in Manhattan, Queens, and The Bronx, the artist-led, participatory residencies will enhance the capacity of organizations to inspire, serve and empower their audiences by connecting them to unique and specific cultural experiences. The selected artists will develop a project with the participation of community members. The residence has been designed to provide artists with the opportunity to bring their creative skill sets to community organizations that focus on providing services to immigrant communities who speak indigenous/endangered languages.

Communities served by the project may have little interaction with both art and municipal resources, both of which can enrich the civic fabric of neighborhoods and the lives of those who inhabit them. Also, the project will be an important opportunity for emerging social practice artists that identify with the immigrant experience. Interested applicants can apply via email by sending their submission to alucio@elmuseo.org; applicants should include a cover letter and a concise portfolio that illustrates their artistic practice and approach along with the required materials outlined below.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Key Dates

Application Opens: April 5, 2024

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

Residency Selection and placement: June 2024

Information to include in your submission materials

  • Cover Letter addressing the artist intent for participating in this project(pdf)
  • Resume (pdf)
  • Project Description (one pdf document including the items below)
  • Name and Pronouns
  • City/country of birth
  • Address and base location
  • Website and/or social media handles
  • Languages spoken
  • Project proposal for the residence in 250 words 
  • Artist statement of 250 words 
  • Portfolio/Work Sample: Images/links of your recent work (pdf)
  • Elaborate if available, about a previous experience working with CBO or a community project. 250 words or less.

Key Details

Artist Stipend: $10,000

Artist-in-Residency Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

To support an artist residency program focused on engagement and activation of immigrant community members speaking indigenous or endangered languages, through partnership with a local community-based organization in NYC. In partnership with MOIA, artists will be paired with community-based, non-profit organizations to create participatory art projects that respond to the needs of local immigrants. The program will enhance the capacity of participating community based organizations to engage artists in their efforts to communicate more effectively with their constituents. The goal is to engage with immigrant community members who speak an indigenous or endangered language, and the organizations that serve them, for an artistic intervention that brings to light and highlights their spoken language, influence and impact in NYC. Additionally, we want to connect participating CBOs and project participants to learn more about city available resources and how to access them, including language access.

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are nonprofit membership organizations (public or private) open to all residents of the physical community (a neighborhood for example), and focused on issues and concerns at the local level. (Farazmand 2018)

Artist-in-residence, or artist residencies, encompass a wide spectrum of artistic programs which involve a collaboration between artists and hosting organizations, institutions, or communities. They are programs which provide artists with space and resources to support their artistic practice. (EU Publications 2014)

No, this is the first iteration of this project.

Artists based in New York City with experience and interest in community art and topics related to immigrant communities who speak indigenous/endangered languages.

Since the project has a participatory core. The artist will need to consider the schedule of community members volunteering to develop the art proposal; which is likely to take place after office hours and weekdays/nights for workshops. Furthermore, any time separate from this is at the artist and CBO’s discretion and resources. El Museo’s Artist-in-Residence Project manager will support the artist in navigating the logistics involved in establishing and coordinating work scheduling.

Full dedication is expected during the month-long run of the residency. Artists are expected to be available and on site to develop the project with participation of the CBO’s community members.

Yes, you should be available for public programs, activities and panels or presentations. The residency is open only for New York City based artists.

The residency will take place for a month staggered between the months of July, August and September 2024.

All submissions are welcomed and the jury panel will be leading the selection of art projects.

A month-long residency will take place at a CBO in the months of July, August and September 2024. 

A panel will select 3 artists for 3 different residencies.

The residencies physical location will take place in partnership with community based organizations located in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. There will not be an assigned space within El Museo del Barrio or MOIA’s facilities.

Community based organizations are critical to the support of this initiative. CBO’s will be invited to partner on this project and help recruit residency participants who speak indigenous or endangered languages. Residency will take place at the selected partner CBO location.

Selected artists will need to develop new work along with CBO’s community members to foster a participatory collaboration.

The artist-in-residence receives a stipend of $10,000, this will include production expenses with the option participatory support from community members, opportunities to develop related public programming, presentations and activities that will amplify the artistic project developed with the community.

El Museo del Barrio will provide the Artist with project support by partnering the selected artist with a project manager who will be a liaison between the CBO, community members, MOIA and El Museo resources. 

MOIA will provide Know Your Rights Presentations to program participants, educating and connecting them to city available programs and services, regardless of immigration status or language spoken.  MOIA will also, where appropriate and necessary, provide interpretation and translation support. 

Please email alucio@elmuseo.org with your name in the subject line and “Talk of the Town A.I.R submission”.

Please send your submission to alucio@elmuseo.org

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For additional language assistance please email alucio@elmuseo.org to review this page in your language.

Préfète Duffaut
(b. Jacmel, Haiti 1923 – d. Portau-Prince, Haiti 2012)
Harbor / Vue de Jacmel avec le pont de Noël, 1968
[Harbour / View of Jacmel with the Noël Bridge]
Oil on canvas, 33 x 49 in.
El Museo del Barrio Collection, New York Gift from Gale Simmons, Craig Duncan and Lynn Tarbox in memory of Barbara Duncan, 2007 2007.6.41 2007.6.41

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