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The African Interactive Art Residency

The ways in which a story can be told is expanding, and digital and emerging media can communicate current realities and new possibilities. Yet existing barriers to resources and support limits who can create and experiment with new tools, technology, and mediums. The African Interactive Art Residency is designed to amplify underrepresented voices for an open and vibrant society.

The residency is supported by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture's (NMAAHC) Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA), with sponsorship from Open Society Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Eaton Workshop.

The Residency

The African Interactive Art Residency will provide three artists across the African diaspora the opportunity to experiment with digital and emerging media.The residency supports artists engaged in political and social issues to explore new media forms of expression. It's an invaluable setting for collaboration across borders and areas of discipline. 

The program invites artists to an eleven-week residency in New York City and Washington D.C. to immerse themselves in the possibilities of interactive storytelling. Participating artists will have coordinated access to the archives and digital content at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture's (NMAAHC) Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA), home to extensive documentation of African American history and culture. At the capital, Eaton Workshop will provide housing and programming support for the cohort. The artists-in-residence will attend Venice VR at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Throughout the program, artists-in-residence will engage with mentors, gain technical support, and have opportunities to connect with a network of leaders and change makers. Experimentation is at the core of the residency; an end product is not required. 

What we provide: Selected artists receive a stipend, access to a studio and fully-outfitted edit suite (in New York City only), housing in both cities for the duration of the residency, travel accommodations, dedicated mentors and technical and staff support.

Who we're looking for: The residency supports African and diaspora artists engaged in political and social issues to explore forms of expression using digital and emerging media technologies. Financial standing and visa status are not considerations in the admissions process and should not deter artists from applying for admission. 

To Know

AGE

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

TIME COMMITMENT

In accepting the residence award, you agree to participate in the full eleven-week session. Travel will take place between New York City (USA) Washington, D.C. (USA) and Venice (ITALY). 

The program will began July 23, 2019 and end September 23, 2019. Artists will attend the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Exceptions are made in cases of emergency only. Absences from the program to fulfill other professional commitments will need to be authorized or participation is forfeited.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Applicants must apply to by completing the application here on Submittable.

The deadline to apply is May 26, 2019.

QUESTIONS? CONCERNS?

Email us at spark@pov.org

APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED JUNE 6, 2019 IF THEY HAVE BEEN GRANTED THE RESIDENCY.