Art Workspace Easthampton

A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Artists

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is pleased to announce Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE): A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Artists. 

CONTEXT & BACKGROUND Since COVID-19 reached our area in March 2020, ECA began a thoughtful and reflective internal dialogue about how our organization could utilize and leverage our existing resources in new and meaningful ways, so as to offer support to our longstandingand growingcommunity of artists during this vulnerable and unprecedented time. 

With our galleries being closed to the public and our monthly Art Walks and annual festivals either taking place virtually or being cancelled altogether, we found ourselves called into a profound moment of simultaneous introspection, recalibration, and action. As a community organization that has been deeply committed to serving our artists and our greater local and regional public for the past 15 years, ECA also understood early on that the economic impacts of COVID-19 would necessarily take a financial toll on the working artists in our community, both in the immediate term and also for considerable time to come. 

In this spirit of reflection, recalibration, and action, Easthampton City Arts launched the ECA Artist Grants Initiative in May 2020. This ongoing program consists of mini-grants to support artists whose work engages and cultivates community. In this way, we could continue to support working artists and also ensure that our greater community could continue to experience the art and culture that it loves and was missing. A total of $20,000 has been raised and secured for this programall of which directly supports working artists.

And, as this unprecedented time of pandemic continuesand as our beloved community of artists continues to transform itself through new methods and platforms for making and sharing work across all genresECA also continues to thoughtfully and strategically explore how we can utilize and share our resources so as to continue to support local and regional artists in ways that are valuable, meaningful, and effective. 

This trajectory of internal questioning and external exploration led to discussions about two of our gallery spaces as potential resources to share with artists in new and meaningful ways. Since mid-March 2020, ECA Gallery (located in Old Town Hall, in Easthampton’s Historic District) and MAP Space (located in Eastworks, in Easthampton’s Mills District) have remained empty and inactive, while the buildings they are located in have since been re-opened for public use. And, as we continue to strictly follow municipal protocols with regard to public health, wellness, and safety, it is currently projected that all ECA art exhibitions and festivals will continue to be on hold until at least spring 2021.

With all of this in mindand with support from Mayor Nicole LaChapelle, the City of Easthampton’s Department of Health, and our colleagues at CitySpace and Eastworkswe are pleased to introduce and launch Easthampton’s inaugural artist-in-residency program, Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE): A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Artists.

See details, timeline, eligibility requirements, and a link to apply below.

Overview & Scope

Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE) is a brand new residency program that offers workspacefree of chargeto visual, literary, and performing artists. Its first iteration will offer two consecutive residency sessions at each of our galleries: ECA Gallery in Old Town Hall and at MAP Space in Eastworks. 

Because ECA is an organization that supports artists whose work engages and cultivates community, we require that the participating resident artists offer both of the following:

  • Artist Talk – to take place during the residency session*
  • Public Sharing – to take place within one month after the residency program session ends*

*ECA will work directly with each artist to assist with the logistics of the Artist Talk and Public Sharing.

With care and consideration for the health and safety of our resident artists during this time of pandemic, each workspace will accommodate one artist per gallery, per session. The sessions will take place as follows:

Art Workspace Easthampton / SESSION ONE

  • @ ECA Gallery: November 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021
  • @ MAP Space: November 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021

Art Workspace Easthampton / SESSION TWO

  • @ ECA Gallery: January 25 – March 25, 2021
  • @ MAP Space: January 25 – March 25, 2021

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Please note this is an artist residency program in the form of studio space only; living and sleeping accommodations are not provided nor permitted.

While the AWE Residency Program does not offer honorariums at this time, ECA encourages resident artists to apply for funding through the next cycle of the ECA Artist Grants Initiative, which will be announced later in the year. In addition, ECA values supporting artists in every way can and intend to raise funds to support this program as it grows beyond this first iteration. 

Timeline

 September 15

  • Announce Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE)

 October 8 @ 11:59pm

  • Deadline to apply for BOTH AWE Residency Sessions

  October 22

  • All applicants will be notified

 November 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021

  • Art Workspace Easthampton SESSION ONE @ ECA Gallery & MAP Space
  • Specific dates and schedules for Artist Talks & Public Sharing will be arranged with each individual selected artist

  January 25, 2021 – March 25, 2021

  • Art Workspace Easthampton SESSION TWO @ ECA Gallery & MAP Space
  • Specific dates and schedules for Artist Talks & Public Sharing will be arranged with each individual selected artist

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All local and regional artists are eligible to apply (to be clear: applicants need not live nor work in Easthampton to be eligible for this program);
  • Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of color are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Artists of all genres and media are welcome to apply–though please note: we cannot select artists working with materials that are toxic, dangerous, or that could put people, the workspaces, or the buildings at risk (ie: fire or sparks, certain power tools, etc);
  • Selected artists must offer an Artist Talk and Public Sharing, with the assistance of ECA, as described above;
  • Selected artists must follow all protocols in place with regard to COVID-19;
  • Selected artists must also follow all workspace protocols and building guidelines.

Selection Committee

The selection committee for Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE) includes the following individuals: 

Pasqualina Azzarello – City Arts Coordinator, Easthampton City Arts

Tracey Eller – ECA Coordinating Committee Co-chair, Eastworks Community Representative 

Sindy Mojica – ECA Coordinating Committee Member & Easthampton High School’s Diversity & Inclusion Liaison

Jean-Pierre Pasche – Owner of Big Red Frame & Elusie Gallery & CitySpace Board Member

Rosemary Tracy Woods – Director of Art for the Soul Gallery in Springfield, MA

Artist Agreements

All selected artists must sign an agreement and comply with program guidelines.

Contact

Please direct all inquiries regarding Art Workspace Easthampton to Pasqualina Azzarello, City Arts Coordinator: pazzarello@easthamptonma.gov. *Please note: in order to ensure your questions can be answered, all inquiries must be received on or before October 6.