Print Public Residency Program

Print Public Residency Program

Kala Art Institute Awarded California Arts Council Creative California Communities Grant – Call for Print Public Residency is open. Deadline: November 15, 2017.

Kala is seeking Print Public proposals from Bay Area artists to create temporary place-based public art projects along San Pablo Avenue in Kala’s neighborhood. Kala is looking for projects that will tie in print and digital media in site specific and experimental ways and can be taken outside and off site. Artists are invited to submit a brief description of a proposed project and up to 10 images or video with corresponding descriptive information. Project proposals should highlight how the artist will meet the following requirements:

– A temporary public artwork installed along San Pablo Avenue
– Community engagement plan (ideas for public programs such as workshops, art-making activities, screenings, storytelling, performances and events that engage the public)

Print Public Award Includes: $7,500 stipend, up to 17 months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute with 24/7 access to our communal studio spaces, one Kala class and a group exhibition.

Program period: January 2018 to May 31, 2019. The group exhibition is scheduled for May 2019.

Deadline EXTENDED: November 15, 2017

Eligibility: Bay Area artists or artist teams.

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From its founding days, Kala was envisioned as a place where people gather to exchange creative ideas and share technology and tools. Expanding on this idea, Print Public takes print media and socially engaged art projects and meets people where they are, on the street, at bus stops, markets, shops, and in the neighborhood, connecting artists and the community. Through Print Public, Kala aims to provide opportunities for artists to work on interdisciplinary projects with digital or print media while animating public space, reaching new communities, building local partnerships, and deepening neighborhood ties. Print Public is supported, in part, by the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities, and by UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund.

The first iteration of Print Public (2013-2015) launched with six artist/artist teams including Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Susan O’Malley, Sue Mark, Swell, and Imin Yeh, working along San Pablo Avenue to create a range of projects. To view the publication for the first iteration of Print Public and learn more about their projects, please look here.

2016-2017 Print Public
Drew Cameron – Rags Make Paper
Ramekon O’Arwisters – Crochet Jam
Mildred Howard – Home
Marksearch – Commons Archive
Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez – Ms. Tica
Jenifer K Wofford – Mettle Detection

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