Writers’ Residency Program Deliverables and Application
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WORKSPACE: Each resident will be provided with an individual, dedicated workspace. Writers will have access to a dedicated writers corral in the Writers Suite at High Low.
PRESENTING SPACE: Each resident will have the opportunity to present their work in one of several KAF venues including the Listening Room at High Low and /or one the Foundations non traditional spaces. Venues are outfitted with state of the art technology, tools, systems, and staffing that help take productions and presentations to the next level.
TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS and TRAINING: Each resident will be introduced to training opportunities within the KAF eco system relevant to their use of our venues, tools and technology, as well participation in KAF core values and guest experience training program, Heart & Soul.
MARKETING & STORYTELLING SUPPORT: All residents will receive inclusion in KAF digital, web, on site, and social media marketing and storytelling. Residents will also receive a 10-day block of 60 second radio spots on KDHX and/ or WSIE to help promote their artworks as well as printing support for promotion purposes. KAF will also document the defined project progress throughout the residency period.
PARTNER RESOURCES & STIPEND:
Residency participants will receive a $1000 cash stipend from the Foundation
Printing and Publishing partner:
- $500 Voucher
Volunteer Lawyers and Accounts for the Arts: www.vlaa.org
- One-on-one “triage” meetings with the resident artists to discuss legal and accounting issues related to their projects;
- Pro bono (income guidelines) referrals to our volunteers;
- Regular check-ins (individually or in small groups) throughout the residencies to assess new or changing legal and accounting needs and/or topics of common concern;
- Free tuition when attending our professional development programs; and
- The opportunity to participate in Upstart college outreach program.
- Date for Open Submission: June 15th, 2021- August 1st 2021
- Final Selections: August 15th, 2021
- Artist Announcement: September 1st, 2021
- Public Announcements: September 15th, 2021
- Residency begins: October 1st, 2021 – Dec. 30th, 2022
Scoring Process and Methodology
Applications will be scored using a weighted rubric. The application will be reviewed and scored by a committee of artists, arts professionals, and educators. The committee will screen applications to build a lottery pool that reflects demographic diversity, as well as a diversity of artistic mediums. Artists will be selected blindly from the lottery pool.
Please prepare your application with the following information:
Engagement with St. Louis (30%)
- How long have you lived in St. Louis? Up to 8 points
- Are you planning to stay in St. Louis? Up to 8points
- How does your artistic practice engage with or reflect the St. Louis community? Up to 8 points
- How has the artistic community in St. Louis influenced your art and your process for creating
art? Up to 3 points
- Do you consider St. Louis to be artistically relevant for your career? Why or why not? Up to 3
Commitment to Artistic Practice (15%) – all questions up to 3 points
- Please describe the artwork that you create and 3 characteristics that define you as an artist.
- Please describe the passion that you have for your work and share other insights that you think drive the creation of your work.
- What is your earliest memory of creating artwork and how long have you been making art?
- Please describe your creative regimen and the amount of time that you devote to creating
your art on a weekly basis.
- Do you consider making artwork central in your life and do you think that you will continue to
make artwork throughout your lifetime?
Examples of Artistic Endeavors/Practice (15%) – up to 3 points for each question based on completion and submission of all requested documents.
- Please submit 3 examples of poetry or prose (limited to short stories and essays).
- Please provide other examples of your practice that you consider relevant and demonstrate that you are proficient in the execution of your artwork. This may include achievements or work that you consider significant.
- Please submit your choice of any available videos or recordings of your current work shared through social media.
- Please describe any public presentations in which you have participated in either individually or in a group.
- Please submit a live recording of your current work. and describe its origin and significance to
Proposal of Artistic Project (40%)
To ensure that your residency is a deeply meaningful experience we are asking that you propose a project that will bring to fruition goals, ideas and work previously left unfinished or an entirely new concept of form and content. This is your opportunity to create a specific, self-directed body of work with focused intent. The culmination of your work will be exhibited or performed subject to the requirements of your medium.
- Please provide a general description of the work you will be undertaking and your primary medium. If you use mixed media as a visual artist, are a writer or musician, please describe. Include your specific goals for the body of work to be completed. Up to 5 points
- Please provide a timeline outlining the course of your work over the eighteen-month period of the residency. Up to 5 points
- Each of you will have unique needs in the creation of your artwork. Opportunities vary for the differing artforms but KAF is committed to providing the best possible residency experience for every artist. Mindful of the infrastructure and support endowed by the KAF, we ask that you describe how you will utilize each of the Five Pillars provided by the residency. (as described in specific residency deliverables)- up to 25 points.