ProjectArt is an award-winning, arts education-centered non-profit that serves youth and artists
in partnership with the nation’s public libraries. Our model entails tuition-free, after-school art
classes to children, and art residencies to emerging artists committed to arts education and
Prior to the pandemic, ProjectArt classes were held in-person at 43 libraries in NYC, Miami,
Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and most recently,
Cleveland. Last year, ProjectArt held its programs virtually to assure the safety of our
communities nationwide. The 2021-2022 year will consist of both in-person and virtual
programming, as we work with our library partners to develop safe reopening strategies.
The Arts Education and Social Impact Residency is a unique opportunity for visual artists to
engage with communities through local libraries, while teaching afterschool art classes, and
expanding their artistic practice. Each selected artist is assigned to a partner public library
where they develop a curriculum, instruct and mentor youth ages 4-18, two classes per week,
each lasting an hour. At the same time, library resources are available for the artist to develop a
new body of work and research. It culminates in a professionally curated resident group
exhibition featuring works created by all of the residents for the city or region during the program
year. The residency also offers artists panel discussions, studio visits, and art-world
*Classes, activities, and exhibitions will be held either in-person or virtually depending on each
library and city’s reopening guidelines.
Artists are culturally responsive contemporary artists of all ages from diverse backgrounds and
chosen by a jury in early summer. Candidates are interviewed in early July.
● Must live in the city to which you are applying
● Prior experience teaching youth ages 4-7, 8-12, 13-18
● OR a willingness to learn and develop a teaching/mentoring practice
● Have a developed artistic practice that would benefit from the residency
● Use of non-hazardous mediums when creating work in the library space
● Pass a background check
● Must feel comfortable using technology to instruct remotely, lesson plan, and effectively communicate.
Duration & Locations:
The duration of this residency is roughly nine months, from September 2021 through early June
2022. Residents are required to attend a series of training and professional development
workshops in early September organized by ProjectArt, prior to classes commencing the fourth
week of September.
Applicants may apply to participate in the residency in the following cities:
Artists are culturally responsive contemporary artists of all ages and backgrounds chosen by a
jury in early summer. Candidates are interviewed and selected in early July.
Resident Role & Teaching Time Commitments
The duration of this residency is nine months from September 2021 through early June 2022.
Fall Semester: September-December 2021 (12 weeks)
Winter/Spring Semester: January- June 2022 (18 weeks)
Residents are required to attend a series of trainings and professional development workshops
throughout the year, in addition to three training sessions in early September organized by
ProjectArt. Artists also participate in Projectart exhibitions at the end of the winter/spring
The Residency Provides:
1. Compensation covers 3 hours per week @ $60 per hour. Includes two 60-minute
classes and one hour of paid preparation time.
2. Paid training and additional $200 compensation for end-of-year exhibit.
3. Intermittent professional development opportunities.
4. Library-approved, non-toxic teaching supplies furnished by ProjectArt.
5. Public library resources (digital or in person) to conduct research to further artistic
6. End-of-year resident group exhibition, virtual and/or hosted by a partner art gallery.
7. Visibility on ProjectArt’s social media platforms and PR promotion.
8. Artist and organization meet-ups: virtual or in person visits to museums or artists studios.
9. Opportunity to participate and conduct artist activations with organization partners.
● PDF Letter of Interest addressing the following (One page maximum):
○ What about ProjectArt’s mission appeals to you and how would this residency,
hosted in a public library, advance your work?
○ Why is arts education important, and what do you want your students to take
away from your class? We encourage you to share a personal memory from your
time as a student and/or mentor.
○ What medium(s) do you envision yourself exploring in your personal practice
either virtually or at the library and why?
● ProjectArt residency requires two hours of instructional class time, as well as time
developing an artistic personal practice. Would you be able to commit to this schedule
from September 2021 through June 2022? YES/NO
● Are you comfortable teaching on platforms such as Zoom? YES/NO
● Résume / CV
● Letter of Interest
● Artist Statement
● Digital Portfolio (3-5 jpegs of your work) • Please save file names in this format:
● *Website URL:
● *Social Media:
To apply please fill out the application found here: https://www.projectart.org/artist-residency
Timeline: Deadline to apply is July 1st by midnight ET. Interviews will take place in early July. For questions, please email [email protected] We thank you and look forward to reviewing your application!