Entry Deadline: August 15
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), seeks artists to participate in the inaugural Legler Regional Library Artist-in-Residence Program. During a two-year residency, an artist will be given studio space at the library to develop public art projects and art programs that utilize the artist’s unique talents to promote greater connectivity between the library, its services, and the needs and aspirations of the local West Garfield Park community.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM: OPPORTUNITY
With world-class public art and enhanced facilities, Legler Regional Library is well positioned to serve as an incubator for artists from Chicago’s West Side and beyond to create work in, with, and for the community. DCASE and CPL are partnering to introduce the first CPL Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program at Legler. During a two-year residency, an artist or artist team will be given studio space at the library, embedding within the library system to develop public art projects and art programs. Program outcomes will be the result of a collaborative process that utilizes the artist’s unique talents to promote greater connectivity between the library, its services, and the needs and aspirations of the local community.
Specifically, the Artist-in-Residence will be tasked to:
- Conduct research, in a manner true to the artist’s creative process, that allows them to learn about the CPL system, Legler Regional Library, and the surrounding neighborhood.
- Maintain a regular schedule of onsite, creative hours in the studio to make art and engage with staff and visitors.
- Develop and execute a series of monthly community programs at the library in the form exhibitions, panels, workshops, or other formal or informally scheduled events that engage staff and/or visitors in an educational or participatory art making experience.
- At the end of the two-year residency, present a final project that is the creative summation of the artist’s collaborative work at the library and in the community.
Final projects will become a part of the Library’s growing collection. At the conclusion of the residency, CPL and DCASE staff will conduct a thorough evaluation of the project to review successes and challenges and make recommendations about next steps and scalability for other library branches and other city departments.
This opportunity is open to professional artists/ artist teams who live or work in the City of Chicago. The selected artist or artist team must have a demonstrated commitment to working with and for the benefit of the public. Artists who live and work on the West Side of Chicago, and specifically near Legler Regional Library, are highly encouraged to apply.