FABnyc is pleased to announce our first residency program available to NYC based artists to develop their work on East 4th Street in the Lower East Side from January 1 – March 31, 2018. The Residency is intended for one artist or collective, preferably with a strong connection to the LES. The residency should include at least one public engagement element. FABnyc is prepared to assist projects which seek to partner with a local cultural or community organization. We strongly encourage people of color and residents of the Lower East Side to apply.
FABnyc’s mission is to strengthen the cultural vitality of the Lower East Side. We implement this mission through a range of programs and collaborations with local cultural organizations, independent artists, community-based organizations and neighborhood nonprofits. We work as cultural producers, facilitators, and organizers with an ongoing interest in how arts and culture can advance community health, inclusiveness, and equity.
About the site
Location: 61 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery.
Specifications: 10 x 12’ street facing storefront with a tall ceiling.
The studio space is next to Cooper Square Committee, tenant organizers who developed the first Community Land Trust in NYC on this block, and lies within the East 4th Street Cultural District. (Read more about this history here.)
What does this residency provide?
– Access to the storefront during CSC business hours and from 10am-6pm most Sundays.
– Access to Downtown Art‘s spaces for meetings, small gatherings, or as a venue for projects.
– A stipend of $1000.
– Access to Materials for the Arts.
– Production support from FABnyc staff.
– Access to FABnyc’s community of partners in the LES.
Entrance through CSC offices. In the space there is one desk and two moveable tables, two rolling chairs and four folding chairs, there are a couple shelves but not much other storage space besides the space under the tables. The space is not equipped for oil painting, spray paint, plaster, resin or the use of any materials that require high ventilation. If your project requires an outdoor space to assemble messier work the backyard of DTA can be used for construction.
**Note: The scaffolding currently in front of the storefront is scheduled to be taken down by January 1st.
What are the criteria for selection?
– The strength of the artist’s past work and and relevance of their proposed project to the East 4th Street Cultural District and the LES.
– The artist’s interest in engaging with the FABnyc community and embracing the the public engagement aspect of their project.
– The applicants will be selected by FABnyc staff and partners. Short-listed artists will be interviewed by panel members.
Application Deadline: December 4, 2017 – Midnight EST.
Finalist Interviews: December 18 and 19, 2018.
Results: December 21, 2018.
To apply, you will need:
– An up-to-date CV
– An artist statement
– A project statement
– Answer 3 writing prompts about your approach
– 5 work samples with descriptions