The goal of this artist residency is to create a new piece of public art and engage the Middle and Lower Northeast communities with the changing riverfront and Greenway Trail. This includes the Kensington and Tacony (K & T) portion located in the Tacony neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia along the Delaware River.
With a new section of trail breaking ground in Fall 2023, we look to this residency to focus on the diverse history of the present day Greenway, including the Lenni Lenape origins, of these lands. Resident artist/s will be responsible for planning and leading collaborative creative activities.
As part of the application, artists should write a short statement of no more than 500 words about their interest in this residency. While applicants are welcome to use this section to suggest possible projects, they are also encouraged to discuss why this project is of interest to them, and how it may fit with their work. Applicants should keep in mind that the residency itself will likely be suggestive of the project details.
After the close of application period, each application will be reviewed by a panel from Mural Arts Philadelphia, Riverfront North Partnership and local community members. Then a short list of candidates will be interviewed before the decision is made. The decision will be publicly announced on October 17, 2022.
The residency will take place for four months and will be based at Lardner’s Point Park and at Mural Arts Philadelphia Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, where the artist/s selected for the residency will have access to the Tacony LAB studio space for both personal practice and project creation as well as community engagement events. Two weeks in December 2022 would be scheduled to orient the artist to the spaces.
The artist will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month with the expectation of approximately 24 hours a month either on-site at the Tacony LAB, or onsite in the community along the Delaware River greenway/Lardner’s Point Park. Some of this time will be devoted to engaging the community through activities with families and adults. They will develop these activities in collaboration with the Tacony LAB Project Manager. The artist will also be expected to take part in open houses, relevant community meetings, and similar events. The residency will culminate in an exhibition/public event featuring the public art project and may feature other work completed during the residency.