Town of Chapel Hill Seeks Artists for Summer Residency and Downtown Open Studio
Through a new arts initiative, a vacant space in downtown Chapel Hill will be transformed into an arts studio for the summer and four local artists will serve as community-based artists in residence. The Town’s Division of Community Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Arts Everywhere, and the Orange County Arts Commission, has issued a Call for Artists for this project, open to Orange County artists and due by Sunday, May 19. The studio will be located at 109 E. Franklin Street and is slated to open on Friday, June 14 and run through August 12.
With this initiative, the community will get to experience local artists at work and artists will get space to create and exhibit their art. The concept for the space is an “Open Studio” where during certain hours the public may enter and engage with the artists. The studio will also be open during all of the summer’s Second Friday Art Walks, a long-standing program sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. In addition to committing to weekly open studio hours and second Fridays, artists will each conduct two community workshops during the summer. The selected artists will receive free studio space for the summer, a $1,000 stipend, and the opportunity to show their work and connect with the local community.
Susan Brown, Executive Director for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, says this project advances several shared interests, including bringing more arts experiences downtown, activating vacant spaces, providing local artists with studio space, and connecting the local community to local artists who call Chapel Hill and Orange County home. Brown notes, “The mission of Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture is to inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill. We believe this project is an excellent way to advance that mission and we are so pleased to have such great partners in downtown, at the university, and at the county to help us with this initiative.”
Orange County artists interested in applying for the project can find the Call for Artists on the Town’s website.