With generous support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Karamu House is offering 16 artist residencies in 2020 – eight (8) visual arts; eight (8) performing arts. Residencies will run April 2020 – December 2020. The goal of Room in the House is for artists to leave Karamu’s residency as more empowered, independent artists. To this end, Karamu will activate space (creative, administrative and showcase) and work with partners to provide professional development for artists looking to build their business.
Application for the fellowship is open to Cuyahoga County-based artists with demonstrated commitment to their visual arts or performance-based practice. Each selected Room in the House resident will receive a monetary stipend ($5,000) and access to space at Karamu House to create, work administratively, and exhibit/perform.
Submissions received through FEB. 27, 2020 will ONLY be considered for APR. 6, 2020 start.
Submissions received through APR. 16, 2020 will ONLY be considered for JUN. 15, 2020 start.
Submissions received through JUN. 18, 2020 will ONLY be considered for AUG. 17, 2020 start.
Submissions received through AUG. 20, 2020 will ONLY be considered for OCT. 26, 2020 start.
Artists will have access to Karamu House Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 8:45 PM and some Saturdays based on a predetermined schedule. Resident schedules to be confirmed during residency week one.
All residents must have the ability to walk up/down stairs.
All residencies are for 8-weeks.
There are four deadlines for application submission aligned to each residency round: February 27, 2020, April 16, 2020, June 18, 2020 and August 20, 2020. A selection committee comprised of members of Karamu’s lead staff, board of directors, and community artist/stakeholders will comprise the selection panel and make the residency decisions. Only completed applications will be reviewed. The chosen resident artists will demonstrate artistic rigor, ability and intent, as well as align to Karamu’s vision of honoring the African-American experience through culturally and socially relevant work.
Applying artists should submit a completed application with all support materials to: AShareef@karamuhouse.org. Please include ROOM IN THE HOUSE RESIDENCY in the subject line to ensure that applications are received. If not selected, artists are invited to reapply. Artists are only eligible for one (1) residency during the 2020 calendar year.
Submission of the following in narrative form constitutes a complete application:
Note: Completed applications must be received in Karamu House’s business office (2355 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106) or via email at AShareef@karamuhouse.org by 5:30 PM on the deadline date. Applications received after this time will NOT be considered.