Long Term Residency Program

Now accepting applications for Long Term Residencies for September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018*

 (*The house will be closed over winter break December 20th through January 12th)

Submit applications online by August 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm for Priority Scheduling.

Applications received after August 15 will be considered on an ongoing basis as space allows.

The KFW Long Term Residency Program (LTR) is a 2017 initiative. The goal is to further KFW’s mission by providing extended time and space for feminist social change artists to explore new ideas and artistic expressions, deepen understanding of feminism and advance creative change. The LTR offers an opportunity for artists to collaborate with Kentucky communities to envision their future, address community issues, and strengthen connectivity.

To apply , read the information below (or in the pdf version if you prefer), then log in here to apply through our online application portal.

Click here for a PDF containing all LTR information.

about the

Long Term Residency (LTR) at the KFW Artist Cottage

KFW’s retreat and residency programs began with the purchase of Hopscotch House (HH), and an artist cottage, which are surrounded by ten acres of land owned by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. The foundation’s property is located within the larger Wolf Pen Branch Mill Farm, which is privately owned. The natural setting provides an opportunity to explore the power of creativity within a feminist social change artist community.  The forests, watersheds, meadows, wildflowers and wild life can be sources for inspiration, reflection and connections to the natural world. While the surrounding farm land gives Hopscotch House and the artist cottage the feeling of a space apart, the property is located 13 miles from downtown Louisville and within 3 miles of Norton Commons commerce area.

Who Should Apply

  • Emerging and established female-identified artists over the age of 18 who are residents of KY
  • KY arts groups, activist groups, academic universities, or nonprofit organizations working with a visiting artist whose work engages and benefits women and girls in KY. Visiting artists can be from Kentucky or out of state.
  • Artists with varied backgrounds, worldviews, cultural heritages, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. KFW is committed to making the long term residency program accessible to a wide range of women regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational level, economic condition, or geographic origin.

Priority: With proposals of equal artistic merit, priority should be given to: first-time applicants, women from rural and inner city areas, women of color, especially African American women, lesbians, low income women, women who did not complete high school or college, and women with disabilities.

Program Dates: Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between the accepted Artist-in-Residence and KFW, for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of three months. All applicants must be able to commit to completing the residency as outlined in their agreement.

Separate retreats at Hopscotch House will occur concurrently with the LTR at the artist’s cottage. With appropriate schedule notice, as part of their residency, the LTR artists may interact with participants at HH.

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RESIDENCIES

KFW provides:

  • The long term residency is offered free of cost to participants.
  • A furnished 3 bedroom private cottage with air conditioning, heat, wood burning fire place, wifi, kitchen, living room, one bathroom, washer and dryer. Artists may be required to share residency space with another artist. (Photos are available by request.)
  • Additional studio space is located next door at Hopscotch House.
  • Opportunities for media exposure include: press releases, features in our Hotflash, social media, blog and website.
  • If the artist initiates it, KFW will supply signed letters of support for outside funding.

Residency Responsibility:

  • Artists-in-Residence are required to conduct at least one public performance and/or an outreach/community engagement component to their residency (open rehearsal, a screening, showing, reading, or an artist talk.). This can occur at Hopscotch House (with appropriate notice), at a venue in Louisville, or in the artists’ home Kentucky.
  • Artists provide living expenses such as food, and travel to and from KFW, and production expenses such as art materials and supplies, and equipment rentals. Grocery stores and restaurants are within 3 miles.
  • Artists will be required to document their creative process through images, video, journals, sketchbooks, blogs or newsletter. The Artist and KFW will determine if these documents/videos/photos are to be public, private, or a combination of both.
  • Artists will be required to complete a report and/or final reflection on the progress made toward their original goals and their development as a feminist social change artist over the course of the residency. Organizations and groups are expected to complete a report or final reflection on the benefit of the visiting artist to women and girls in their community.
  • Artists may choose to produce one work to be displayed at the KFW offices or Hopscotch House. The location of the piece of art and how they may be used in the future will be determined by mutual agreement between the Artist and KFW.

 Additional information:

  • Work and living space must be properly maintained and left in the same condition in which it was found.
  • It is expected that each participant will conduct his or herself with a high level of integrity and respect for others while in residence.
  • All equipment and materials are the responsibility of the artist.
  • The use of illegal drugs or the possession of such drugs on the premises is prohibited.
  • Overnight guests are not permitted without prior approval.

Please note:

  • Artists may apply once every fiscal year.
  • Due to the historic nature of the cottage, we regret that it is not ADA-accessible at the present time.
  • Couples must apply separately. There are no provisions for family, friends, children, or pets.
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APPLICATION PROCESS

The LTR application process criteria and review process are facilitated by the KFW staff and may also include interviews or consultations with other community stakeholders and arts professionals.

Criteria for Selecting INDIVIDUALS for the 2017-2018 LTR

  1. Application clearly describes how this residency will further the applicant’s development as a feminist artist and how the applicant’s artwork can advance social change for women and girls in KY.
  2. Application clearly describes how the applicant’s understanding and practice of feminism relates to her artwork.
  3. Applicant has clearly stated goals for the residency, and a plan for completing those goals.
  4. Applicant has a clearly stated plan for at least one public, educational or community engagement component.
  5. Application clearly details how the artist will document their creative process through images, video, journals, sketchbooks, blogs or newsletter, etc, and a submission date for a final report.

Criteria for Selecting NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS OR GROUPS who are bringing in a visiting artist for the 2017-2018 LTR

  1. Application clearly describes how working with this visiting artist will develop the perspective or focus on feminism and social justice within the nonprofit organization or group.
  2. Application clearly describes how the visiting artist’s artwork is rooted in an understanding and practice of feminism.
  3. Application clearly describes how the visiting artist will directly engage with a specified group of women or girls in Kentucky, and how the artwork or engagement will benefit women and girls in KY.
  4. Application has clearly stated goals for the residency, and a plan for completing those goals.
  5. Application demonstrates a clear understanding of the benefits and challenges of collaborations with local communities of feminist social change artists and clearly describes how the applicant group or organization would facilitate connections through public dialogue, a presentation or in other ways.
  6. Application clearly details how the visiting artist will document their creative process through images, video, journals, sketchbooks, blogs or newsletter, etc, and a submission date for the applicant group or organization final report.

A contract will outline the responsibilities of the artist and the host, methods for reporting progress, intellectual and physical outcomes of the project, the process for handling conflicts, contingencies, and termination.

 A Note About Archives

Duke University is the designated archive for all KFW records. After five years, the foundation forwards all paper and digital files concerning the residency and retreat programs to the Rare Book Manuscripts and Special Collections Library at Duke University. All KFW records deposited at Duke are open to qualified researchers. By submitting this application, you waive any right to claim a privacy interest in the accepted residency project.

how to

APPLY

These are the questions that will be on the online application. They are provided here for you to prepare your application materials and work sample in advance. If you need help with the online system or need to submit a paper copy of your application, contact Sharon@kfw.org or call 502-562-0045.

Questions for individual artists

Basic information about the applicant, including applicant name, contact information of applicant, preferred dates (1st, 2nd and 3rd choices), whether or not you’re willing to share the house with another artist (each artist would have own bedroom), art form, focus areas and topics.

Narrative:

  1. Overview:
    • Summary: In two to three sentences, please describe how this residency will further your development as a feminist and as an artist working for social justice.
    • Please list your goals for this long term residency.
    • Please describe your plan for completing these goals.
  2. Describe your understanding and practice of feminism and how it relates to your artwork. (2-4 paragraphs)
  3. Describe how your work can advance social change in Kentucky that will benefit women and girls. (2-4 paragraphs)
  4. At times, participants may share living space in the artist’s cottage. Sharing living, kitchen and bathroom space can be both bonding and challenging. Explain how participating in a communal environment with artists dedicated to feminist social change could be beneficial as well as challenging. If you prefer not to share the house, please explain your reasons. (2-3 paragraphs)
  5. The LTR involves at least one public, educational or community engagement component. What do you envision for this component? (Examples could be an artist talk, public dialogue or presentation; collaboration with a local community of feminist social change artists; or something else.)
  6. How do you plan to document your creative process during this residency? This could be through images, video, journals, sketchbooks, blogs or newsletter, etc. Please include a date when you plan to submit a final report.

Questions for groups or nonprofit organizations bringing in a visiting artist

Basic information about the applicant, including applicant name (group or nonprofit organization name), resident artist name, contact information of applicant, preferred dates (1st, 2nd and 3rd choices), whether or not you’re willing to share the house with another artist (each artist would have own bedroom), art form, focus areas and topics.

Narrative:

  1. Overview:
    • Summary: In two to three sentences, please describe how this residency will further your group or nonprofit organizations’ feminist and social change development.
    • Please list your goals for this long term residency.
    • Please describe your plan for completing these goals.
  2. Describe the visiting artist’s understanding and practice of feminism and how it relates to her artwork. (2-4 paragraphs)
  3. Describe how working with this visiting artist can advance social change in Kentucky that will benefit women and girls. (2-4 paragraphs)
  4. At times, participants may share living space in the artist’s cottage. Sharing living, kitchen and bathroom space can be both bonding and challenging. Explain how participating in a communal environment with artists dedicated to feminist social change could be beneficial as well as challenging. If you prefer not to share the house, please explain your reasons. (Please have the visiting artist answer this question in 2-3 paragraphs.)
  5. The LTR involves at least one public, educational or community engagement component. What do you envision for this component? (Examples could be an artist talk, public dialogue or presentation; collaboration with a local community of feminist social change artists; or something else.) What are the benefits and challenges of this kind of collaboration?
  6. How does your group and/or the visiting artist plan to document the creative process during the residency? This could be through images, video, journals, sketchbooks, blogs or newsletter, etc. Please include a date when you plan to submit a final report.

Biographical Statement or Resume:

Describe your commitment to your work. Please include any formal or information education, artistic experience, participation in groups, personal desire, publications, teaching, etc. Feel free to include any relevant credentials that describe your work. (half a page) For groups and nonprofit organizations: please provide a biographical statement of the visiting artist as well as a description of your group or nonprofit organization.

Work Sample:

Upload or link to a work sample that best represents you as an artist. Submit examples that demonstrate the kind of work you plan to do over the course of the residency. For groups and nonprofit organizations: the work sample should include at least some of the work of the visiting artist.

Note: The work samples will not be judged on artistic merit, but on their ability to convey the type of work to be undertaken during the residency and the artist’s ability to follow through on their stated goals. For more information about the work sample, see: Submitting a Current Work Sample – LTR.

References:

Include two references that address the artist’s ability to complete a creative project, dedication to feminism and social change, ability to live in community with others, and ability to collaborate with other artists or organizations. These letters can be from past collaborators, fellow artists, teachers, mentors, colleagues, etc. If you are applying as a group or nonprofit organization bringing in a visiting artist, please provide one letter for the visiting artist, and one letter addressing your group or organization.