Residency Experience

At Kala, Artists-In-Residence (AIRs) work in a productive and professional communal studio alongside other working artists. It is a self-driven experience and artists are expected to respect the equipment, the working environment of the studio, and bring their own consumable supplies (paper and ink). Kala’s print studio and electronic media center are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year and do not close. Resident artists have their own keys and are welcome to use the studio whenever they choose as long as it abides by the terms of their contract.

To begin, artists accepted into the AIR program are scheduled for a 1, 2, or 3 month, full time or part time contract. Each residency begins with an orientation to the studio and electronic media center and overview of the program. In addition to keys, all artists receive their own onsite storage, a Kala handbook, and inclusion in Kala community exhibitions and events. And while in residence, all Kala artists receive a 20% discount on an unlimited number of classes.

Please note: Unlike many artist residency programs, Kala is located in an urban environment and does not provide housing or meals. For those artists temporarily moving to the Bay Area for the residency, please be aware that your housing arrangements will be your responsibility. We will do our best to make suggestions and find referrals, but the Bay Area can be expensive and sometimes the housing market can be difficult.

Learn more on our FAQ pdf.