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Tuesday March 26th, 2013

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The Arts Council Windsor & Region, Broken City Lab and The City of Windsor have launched Neighbourhood Spaces: Windsor & Region Artist in Residence Program, a new initiative that will locate ten chosen artists in community sites throughout Windsor and Essex County in Ontario, for 4-6 week artist residences.

The new program, which is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will allow artists to pursue research and/or create work(s) that engage, explore and connect with local communities. The program is inviting applications from Canadian artists of all disciplines including visual, performing, literary, music, interdisciplinary and media arts.

Neighbourhood Spaces will embed artists in community sites such as parks, nature reserves, libraries, health or community centres. These sites will provide a “home base” for each artist to work during their residency, while also allowing the artist to take on diverse roles, engaging with community members in various ways to animate, explore and inspire the specific stories, curiosities, challenges and triumphs of the local community.

Curated by Broken City Lab, residencies will begin in summer 2013 and be staggered throughout the year, concluding in August 2014. There is no application or residency fee. Each artist will receive $4750, which includes an artist fee and funding to assist in covering travel, housing (for the duration of the residency), material and per diem expenses.

While housing is not provided, Neighbourhood Spaces is available to assist artists in finding accommodations. A final exhibition and symposium will be held in the fall of 2014 and an online publication will be created documenting the program.

The Program Coordinator will serve as a liaison between the artists and community site and will be available to assist in documenting work, promoting events and connecting to local resources, including organizations, artists, and volunteers. Along with a standardized submission form and artistic support materials, applicants are asked to outline their ideal neighbourhood site. A list of potential community sites can be found in the online application.

For more information about Neighbourhood Spaces, visit: http://www.acwr.net/ns or http://www.brokencitylab.org/apply

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