Art Workspace Easthampton

A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Artists

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is pleased to announce the relaunch, growth, and continuation of our studio residency program Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE): A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Artists! While this program initially emerged as a direct recalibration of ECA’s public programming during the onset of the pandemic, it is clear that offering workspace to artists–free of charge–is still deeply valuable and relevant in our area.

With this in mind, Easthampton City Arts will offer a total of 5 two-month studio residencies per yearall free of chargeat MAP Space in Eastworks, beginning in January 2022. Additionally, ECA may also choose to offer one-month studio residencies at ECA Gallery in Old Town Hall, should the pandemic continue to limit the amount of indoor gathering taking place within our organization. 

Please read the following information carefully before applying. Applications are due November 8, 2021 @ 11:59pm. 

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 program—all 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 February 2022.

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 relaunch and continue to grow 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 studio residency program that offers workspacefree of chargeto visual, literary, and performing artists 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 generally take place as follows:

  • SESSION ONE – Jan 1-Feb 25, 2022
  • SESSION TWO – Mar 1-April 25, 2022
  • SESSION THREE – May 1-June 25, 2022
  • SESSION FOUR – July 1-Aug 25, 2022
  • SESSION FIVE – Sept 1-Oct 25, 2022

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 values supporting artists in every way can and intend to raise funds to support this program as it grows beyond this first iteration. 

Timeline

 October 8

  • Announce Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE)

 November 8 @ 11:59pm

  • Deadline to apply for ALL AWE Residency Sessions

 November 22

  • All applicants will be notified

Eligibility & Requirements

  • All local and regional artists, 18 years and older, are eligible to apply (to be clear: applicants need not live nor work in Easthampton to be eligible for this program);
  • ECA is actively committed to supporting art and artists from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups of people. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), Queer, and Trans artists 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.

Artist Agreements

All selected artists must sign an agreement and comply with program guidelines. Please note that artworks and equipment cannot be insured.

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 November 3.