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ArtsLink Residencies in the USA


October 15, 2016

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ArtsLink Residencies offers artists and arts managers from eligible overseas countries a five-week residency at an established, non-profit arts organization in the US. The program is designed to create opportunities for artists and communities across the US to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.

Host organizations are selected based on an application process open to US non-profit organizations from all fifty US states. Applicants do not need to have contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program.

For the 2016 Residencies program, Fellows are artists and arts managers working in visual and media arts. Artists and arts managers working in performing arts and literature may apply in October 2016 for the 2017 Residencies program.


ArtsLink Residencies allows artists and arts managers from eligible countries to:

  • Pursue artistic and/or professional collaborations that will enrich and enhance their work
  • Share ideas and expertise with US artists and organizations, with residents of the broader host community, and with colleagues from the region who participate in the program
  • Expand knowledge of arts practice and deepen understanding of cultural life in the US
  • Create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and arts professionals within the US host community
  • Expand professional arts management skills through work with US organizations

The different components of ArtsLink Awards are funded by the individual supporters of CEC ArtsLink, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Ohio Arts Council, the Kettering Fund, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institute.


For the October 15, 2015 deadline, ArtsLink will accept Residencies applications from contemporary artists and arts managers working in visual and media arts. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. There are no age limitations. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently while in the US.

Undergraduate students, amateurs and research scholars are not eligible. Arts managers must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible. ArtsLink Fellows from prior years are ineligible.

Review Criteria

All ArtsLink applications will be evaluated by an independent interdisciplinary review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant's work
  • Potential for the applicant to interact with the community in the practice of his or her art form
  • Benefit to the applicant, at this time in his/her career, from interaction with US artists and audiences and potential benefit to the US host community
  • Applicant's plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in his/her home country
  • Applicant's ability to meet cross-cultural challenges successfully

Preference will be given to those applicants for whom this will be a first-time opportunity for in-depth creative work in the US, and to applicants whose artistic practice integrates innovative approaches to interaction with the community.

The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitting work samples below. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that are missing any of the required materials will not be considered.

We recognize that each artist’s experience may prove to be profoundly different from what he or she anticipated as an applicant. Successful residencies reflect a balance between expectations of accomplishing specific goals and being open to new processes and opportunities for collaboration.

Application Requirements

1. A completed ArtsLink Residencies online application form.
2. Answers to the following questions:
a. Describe the current issues in your work and explain how a residency in the United States will advance your professional development as an artist or arts manager. (300 words maximum)
b. Please describe previous projects that have involved community interaction or participation, and explain how you plan to engage with US artists and communities during your residency. (300 words maximum)
c. Please list the most important types of activities and arts events you are hoping to take part in, keeping in mind that your residency may take place in any of the 50 states of the US. (300 words maximum)
d. What prior experience or contact have you had with the United States? (300 words maximum)
e. Have you traveled outside your country of residence to pursue research or study? If so, please indicate when and where you have traveled and in what capacity. (300 words maximum)g. How will you share your ArtsLink experience with your home community? (300 words maximum)

3. A résumé or Curriculum Vitae (500 words maximum) typed in the application.

4. A letter of recommendation (only one-page PDF file) from a colleague or supervisor that explains how a residency in the United States will benefit you professionally and why it is an important endeavor at this time in your career. If written in a language other than English, please include an English translation. This letter can be submitted to mtumenev(at)cecartslink(dot)org separately from your application, but it must arrive within two weeks of the application deadline. No emails will be accepted unless approved by ArtsLink staff. Letters without signatures will also not be accepted.

5. If you are applying as an arts manager submit a one-page PDF file with description of your organization in English. Include information about staff size and resources.

Incomplete applications are subject to rejection. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitted work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that do not include required materials will not be considered.

Publish Date
May 16, 2016


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