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Denver, CO — January 13, 2014: Are you considering applying for a 2014/2015 Creative Residency at PlatteForum? This informal Q&A panel discussion helps demystify the application process. Panelists will talk candidly about their experiences during their residencies and members of the Selection Committee will talk about how to strengthen your application. Bring your questions, interests, ideas and passions.

Panel members: Katie Watson, Theresa Anderson, Kwantaeck Park, Joey Porcelli, Tara Rynders and others.

“With these residencies, we want to encourage the artist who perhaps hasn’t thought of their work as social engagement or connecting to the community to extend their process. We don’t want to discourage the traditional “artist in the studio,” but allow the community connection to be an integral ingredient of the residency.” Judy Anderson, Artistic Director

Q&A Panel Discussion: 2014-15 Creative Residencies at PlatteForum

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

6-7pm at PlatteForum

1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 135

Denver, CO 80202

RSVP judy@platteforum.org

About the Creative Residency at PlatteForum

PlatteForum is now accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Creative Residency program season. PlatteForum’s Creative Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work, strengthening their individual practice through collaboration and community engagement. These residencies celebrate the creative process, fostering and challenging artists to incorporate social practice into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expanded thinking about what art is and can be. A unique and valuable aspect of each creative residency is PlatteForum’s complete and ongoing support of the artist throughout the residency and beyond. By supporting working artists through the Creative Residency program, PlatteForum generates dialogue in the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residences are built upon the notion of engaging the broader community in the creation of new work, where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Residents will share their process and work with youth in a supported environment and with guidance from staff.

Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only four slots awarded per year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists for only four available slots in the Creative Residency program each season.

Application deadline: March 14, 2014

Informational Q&A at PlatteForum: January 28, 6-7:30 pm

Who Can Apply: The Creative Residency programs are open to artists in all genres. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. We encourage local, national, and international artists to apply. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways for interacting with the public as articulated in the application are important criteria in the selection process. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. There is a three-year waiting period for former residents (for example, a Creative Resident from the 2011-12 season is not eligible to apply until the 2014-15 season). Resident artists are asked to donate a piece of art that will be auctioned by PlatteForum to support the residency program.

Expectations/Community Involvement: Resident artists dedicate 4-6 hours each week to work with one small group of underserved youth, K-12, in intensive workshops (Learning Labs) that build upon the ideas and forms of the Creative Resident. PlatteForum staff supports the artist in the organization and facilitation of the youth workshops. Each residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the Creative Resident and the youth are presented in a performance, exhibition or artist talk, seminar, tailored for the artist and their work.

Selection Process: An interdisciplinary selection committee will consider applications for the residencies. Care will be given to selecting artists who represent a variety of genres, experiences, and ideas.

Stipend/Support: PlatteForum provides facility, stipend ($250/week) to help defray artist expenses, staff support, program administration, workshop support, youth workshop supplies, opening event, press releases, printed invitations.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

Application Fee: $35

Residency Duration: six to eight weeks

Facilities & Services: The contemporary facility is over 3,000 square feet with dedicated outdoor sculpture area and plaza. An open studio (2,000 square feet) is surrounded by staff offices, kitchen, restrooms, and artist/staff space with shower and futon couch.

Housing: Modest, private artist apartment with private bathroom, shower and futon.

Meals: Kitchen is available for artists’ use.

Computer/Internet Access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet

Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible. Public areas and studios are wheelchair accessible.

Residency Fees: none

PlatteForum gave me the resources and support to achieve a creative and professional

breakthrough. My time in residence fundamentally altered how I perceive myself as an artist. I feel more confident, more empowered, and more certain than ever that I’m pursuing an essential path. ~ Andrea Moore, Creative Resident

The experience at PlatteForum was more than anything I could have imagined. It is like a Mecca of positive energies, where art serves as a model for learning and sharing joy. ~ Abigail Kokai, Creative Resident

Application can be found on our website


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