Call for Submissions Deadline: October 24, 2014
The Neighborhood Time Exchange: West Philadelphia Artist Residency (Time Exchange) - an initiative that will explore how embedded artistic practice can be a platform for social change - is seeking artists for its inaugural round of residencies that will take place between January and October, 2015.
Time Exchange aims to create a novel residency structure in which for every hour artists spend working in their studio on their own projects, they will in turn provide an hour of volunteer effort and service back to the community. The program offers residencies lasting from one to three months, in newly-renovated storefront space at 4017 Lancaster Avenue, at the intersection of a diverse array of communities in West Philadelphia, and will provide artists with free studio space, a monthly stipend, and basic tools and supplies. In exchange, artists will provide skill and time-based resources for the surrounding communities, working on civic projects identified by residents and community-based organizations.
Time Exchange offers an unparalleled opportunity for artists to explore the complex and necessary, if uncharted, role that responsible and accountable creative practice can play in a challenged and changing neighborhood. The residency will aim to create a framework through which the often-invisible resources of a neighborhood (the people, the history, and the experience of everyday life) can be understood as highly valuable components in revitalizing a neighborhood. By providing clear intersections and negotiations of time between community residents and visiting artists, Time Exchange will aim to cultivate a new dynamic and role for creativity and reciprocity in the revitalization of a neighborhood.
The collaborative project founders - Broken City Lab, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and the People’s Emergency Center - will offer curatorial and organizational support, as well as introductions to and opportunities for connection with neighborhood and community leaders. The project is also supported by The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Additional details on the goals of the program, neighborhood, and residency structure can be found in the Application Form.
Funding for Time Exchange has been generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna Foundation, the City of Philadelphia, the Kresge Foundation, Bank of America, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
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