The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, the 341-year-old Boston-based art center, is launching its new annual Artist in Residence program with a call for artists’ proposals by January 31, 2018 for residencies in 2019 and 2020.
Artists in Residence will partner with the Eliot School’s Teen Bridge program, which brings a small group of passionate teens from Boston schools to its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse, where they participate in a rigorous arts program that combines skill building, mentorship, employment and intensive art enrichment opportunities. Application details can be found here: https://eliotschool.org /artists-residencies/proposals.
Sculptor Nora Valdez will kick off the first residency in 2018 on the theme of home. Through this project, Nora and Teen Bridge youth will initiate a public dialogue by exploring the questions: What makes a place home? What makes home safe, comforting? How do we create a sense of home, claim a place as home?
All residencies will include art-making with teens, larger community engagement, and a culminating event. A panel of Teen Bridge participants, Eliot School staff and board members, as well as members of the wider Eliot School community will review applications. Each artist will receive a stipend of $10,000 along with a project budget for materials. Selections will be announced by March 31, 2018.
About the Eliot School
Inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity, the Eliot School teaches 3,500 people each year, including 2,000 children in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Named Best of Boston twice by Boston Magazine, the school’s areas of focus include woodworking, sewing and fashion, fiber arts, book arts, painting, drawing, and programs for children and teens.
About Teen Bridge
Teen Bridge is a year-round, multi-year program for teens from 8th grade through high school, recruited from the Eliot School’s partner schools. Teen Bridge engages a small group of teens in a strong arts program outside of school that combines skill building, mentorship, job training, employment and exposure to artists and opportunities in the arts.