Call For Artists: 2017 Crafternoon Artist and Maker Residency


Assemble is now accepting proposals for 2017 artist and maker residencies in partnership with our Saturday Crafternoon youth program and monthly Unblurred artist showcase. Through this RFP process, Assemble will select 4 local artists and makers for participation in month-long residencies that engage elementary school-aged youth and neighborhood partners in a collaborative process of creative placemaking.

Chosen artists and makers will share skills, incubate creative ideas, and facilitate community-engaged youth projects through the weekly Saturday Crafternoon program. Assemble will share work created through this process during the following month’s Unblurred artist showcase. The Saturday Crafternoon Residency is open to all artists and makers within the city of Pittsburgh.

Due to Assemble’s focus on community engagement and technology, we are especially interested in working with artists and makers who live in neighborhoods adjacent to Assemble, have a social justice or community-oriented practice, work with new media, and/or have an MFA. Applicants must also have or have the ability provide their clearances to work with children in Pennsylvania. Assistance can be provided for obtaining Criminal Record and Child Abuse Clearances.

How To Apply

All RFPs are due via email to by 5 pm on February 6, 2017. Please submit as ONE PDF DOCUMENT. Name the file using this convention: LastName_First Name.PDF

Submit a PDF proposal that includes:

  1. Contact information:
  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Website
  1. A letter describing why you are interested in working on this project, up to one page in length. Please be sure to describe your experience collaborating with community members, residents, or others in the development of creative projects. Include what you are proposing for Crafternoons workshops as well as the dates they would occur.
  2. Work samples can be images, video, or text. Up to 5 samples of your past work. Images must be incorporated into the PDF. You are also welcome to include links to video documentation. With each worksample, please include a short description.  The description for each image should include the following information as applicable: artwork title, dimensions, materials, budget, location, and a brief summary.
  3. Your artist statement.
  4. Your resume, up to three pages.
  5. List the preference of our available months for having the showcase. Please rank the following: March, April, May.

DEADLINE Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on February 6, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

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