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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - Artist in Residence (January 1 - March 30, 2020)


Budget: $2,500
Activated: 10/31/2019
Deadline: 12/01/2019
Call Summary
The National Park Service at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks innovative artists from across disciplines to participate in our residency program. Artists in the program will be challenged to look to New Bedford as a source of inspiration for their work; exploratory possibilities include, but are not limited to: heritage, ecology, identity, and community. The residency will immerse participants in different modalities of site-specific creation, with civic engagement at its core.

The highest consideration will be given to artists that engage with the following prompt:
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks submissions from New England-based artists interested in exploring topics connected to women’s rights or work inspired by untold stories of women in the United States.

In 2020, as a nation, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which guaranteed some women access to vote. As we look at the struggle for women to gain the right to vote, what stories do we often leave behind? What women gained the right to vote in 1920? What women were left out, or actively pushed out of the Women’s Suffrage movement? What struggles persist today?

Do you find power in telling the stories of women? Are you inspired by activism and advocacy of women? Are you inspired by underrepresented stories? Are there women in the New Bedford area that inspire your work? Could you create place-based artwork inspired by radical women of the South Coast?
Budget Description
Artists will receive three monthly installments of $833.33 over three months, totaling $2,500 for the residency.

Please note: housing is not included in this residency.
Project Description
Artists will work in the Corson Makerspace, a redesigned facility on the second floor of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Artists are expected to occupy the space a minimum of 10 hours per week. The artist will work with the park to determine how many of those hours will be open studio. Access to the space will be during our operating hours, which are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day. Our program is distinguished by the distinctive opportunities we offer participants: a $2,500 stipend, both studio and exhibition space, personalized professional development, promotional support and material fee waivers. Applications are competitive, and only one resident will be selected per session. In the application, artists should be sure to outline the scope of their prior work, the role of the residency program in further developing their work, how New Bedford will serve as a source of inspiration, and their plan for public engagement. Strongest consideration will be given to artists who engage with all the components of our residency program. We especially encourage graduate and professional artists living in New Bedford to apply.
Artwork Goals
We believe that art should be accessible to all people and that it is the artist’s role to act as a catalyst for both inspiration and radical inclusion. As such, artists will be expected to offer a series of public workshops, talks, or demonstrations while participating in our program. Possibilities range from children’s craft days, to meet and greets over coffee, to Q&A sessions. Park personnel are available to help artists brainstorm, facilitate, and implement outreach and program ideas. These events should occur on AHA! Nights (, weekends, or school vacation days-- all events will be free and open to the public.
Site History
More information about New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park can be found here:
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 3 - 5
Letter of Interest: 700 word maximum
Your letter of interest should clearly articulate the work you intend to create during your three-month residency, your inspiration for said works, and how this paid residency will compliment your larger body of work.
References: 1
Artists are NOT allowed to apply in teams.
Additional Requirements
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 2 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 3 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 4 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 5 Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Selections will be made on December 9, 2019; all artists will be contacted via email no later than December 13, 2019.

The applications will be rated and paneled by a combination of former Artists-in-Residence and local art professionals.
Selection Criteria
Highest consideration will be given to artists whose proposals engage with the prompt listed above, and New England-based artists.
January 1, 2020 - Residency begins
February 2020 - 1 public program
March 2020 - 1 public program
March 28 or 29, 2020 - Closing Reception
Additional Resources
Empty Studio Space - Corson MakerSpace (JPG)
In Use Studio Space - Corson MakerSpace (JPG)
Contact Information
Lindsay Compton
Artist in Residence and Youth Programs Coordinator
33 William St
New Bedford MA 02740 United States



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