New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - Artist in Residence (April 1 - June 30, 2020)

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Budget: $2,500
Activated: 01/11/2020
Deadline: 03/01/2020
Call Summary
The National Park Service at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks innovative artists from across disciplines to participate in our residency program. Artists in the program will be challenged to look to New Bedford as a source of inspiration for their work; exploratory possibilities include, but are not limited to: heritage, ecology, identity, and community. The residency will immerse participants in different modalities of site-specific creation, with civic engagement at its core.

The highest consideration will be given to artists that engage with the following prompt:

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park seeks submissions from New England-based artists interested in exploring topics connected to women’s rights or work inspired by untold stories of women in the United States.

We believe that art should be accessible to all people and that it is the artist’s role to act as a catalyst for both inspiration and radical inclusion. As such, artists will be expected to offer a series of public workshops, talks, or demonstrations while participating in our program. Possibilities range from children’s craft days, to meet and greets over coffee, to Q&A sessions. Park personnel are available to help artists brainstorm, facilitate, and implement outreach and program ideas. These events should occur on AHA! Nights (, weekends, or school vacation days-- all events will be free and open to the public.
Budget Description
Artists will receive three monthly installments of $833.33 over three months, totaling $2,500 for the residency.

If you are applying in a team, the budget is $2,500 per team for a three-month residency.

Please note: housing is not included in this residency.
Project Description
Our program is distinguished by the distinctive opportunities we offer participants: a $2,500 stipend, both studio and exhibition space, personalized professional development, promotional support and material fee waivers. Applications are competitive, and only one resident will be selected per session. In the application, artists should be sure to outline the scope of their prior work, the role of the residency program in further developing their work, how New Bedford will serve as a source of inspiration, and their plan for public engagement. Strongest consideration will be given to artists who engage with all the components of our residency program. We especially encourage graduate and professional artists living in New Bedford to apply.

Available Equipment:
-2017 iMac
-Nikon D500
-Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E VR lens
-Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G
-Photo backdrops (White, Black, and Green Chromakey)
-Interactive SMART Board (SBID 7075)
-Panasonic PTMZ770U - (8,000 lumen laser projector)
-Epson DS-50000 Scanner
-TASCAM Linear PCM Recorder
-Yeti Table Top USB Mic
-3 Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine
-5 Ukuleles
-Various hand-held percussion instruments
-Concert PA System
Artwork Location Description
Artists will work in the Corson Makerspace, a redesigned facility on the second floor of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Artists are expected to occupy the space a minimum of 10 hours per week. The artist will work with the park to determine how many of those hours will be open studio. Access to the space will be during our operating hours, which are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day.
Site History
Please note: We are not the New Bedford Whaling Museum. While the museum is located in the historic district of the National Historical Park, and we work closely on many projects, we are two separate entities.

More information about New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park can be found here:
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 3 - 5
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
References: 1
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 1 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 2 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 3 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 4 Document Upload
OPTIONAL - Literary Sample PDF 5 Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Selections will be made on March 11, 2020; all artists will be contacted via email no later than March 16, 2020.

The applications will be rated and paneled by a combination of former Artists-in-Residence and local art professionals.
Selection Criteria
Highest consideration will be given to artists based in New England, proposals that contain clearly articulated public engagement, and proposals that respond to the prompt listed above .
April 1, 2020 - Residency begins
May 2020 - 1 public program
June 2020 - 1 public program
**The Corson MakerSpace (and Artist in Residence studio) will be closed from June 10-21, 2020 due to a special event.
June 27 or 28, 2020 - Closing Reception

Additional Resources
Contact Information
Lindsay Compton
Artist in Residence and Youth Programs Coordinator
33 William St
New Bedford MA 02740 United States
Submission Instructions


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