Easthampton City Arts offering four studio residencies

  • Eastworks is one location for the artist residency series.  Photo by Carol Lollis

Staff Writer 
Published: 9/20/2020 8:13:05 PM

EASTHAMPTON — Four artists will be chosen for two rounds of a new artist residency program this fall and winter organized by Easthampton City Arts.

Artists seeking to apply for “Art Workspace Easthampton: A Residency Program for Visual, Literary & Performing Arts” have a deadline of Oct. 8 to do so, according to Pasqualina Azzarello, arts coordinator for Easthampton City Arts.

Organizers hope they’ll receive a diverse selection of submissions. 

“We’ll be supporting four total artists between November and March,” Azzarello said. “We really want to support artists whose work could really benefit from having a dedicated space. That’s something that we’ll want to prioritize. Because the residency is just getting started, we’ll also be prioritizing local and regional artists.” 

Studio space will be at the Easthampton City Arts Gallery (at the Old Town Hall) and the Mill Arts Project space in Eastworks. There will be two sessions, with one running from Nov. 15 to Jan. 15 and the next from Jan. 25 to March 25, each featuring two artists, with one at each gallery. 

Easthampton City Arts decided to launch the residency series partially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Azzarello said.

“We exist as an organization that is receptive and responsive to the needs and interests of our ever-evolving community. The needs and interests of our extended community are really different today than they were a year ago,” she said. “I feel like we have a responsibility to be sensitive to our changing environments with regard to the pandemic, with regard to racial justice and the economic reality of being a working artist heading into winter. We’re fortunate in that we’re a municipal organization that really values art and culture.” 

During the residency program there will also be “Artist Talk” and “Public Sharing” components to allow artists to share their work and engage with the community, Azzarello said. 

“Having an artist talk would be an opportunity for artists to share their experience — how COVID-19 has affected them and their work, how this time of social and racial revolution in our country has affected their work. We are all alive for a tremendous moment of our humanity. To be an artist during this time is quite profound. Having an artist talk as a requirement for this program creates a platform for the artist to share their experience and to contextualize the work that they’re making during the residency,” she said. 

For more information about the residency program or to apply, visit easthamptoncityarts.com/artists/eca-artist-residency

Chris Goudreau can be reached at cgoudreau@gazettenet.com

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