Writers, Dramatists, Dancers, Media Artists for the Artist-in-Residence Program.
Application deadline: June 25, 2016
The artist-in-residence program at Robertson-Wesley United Church is offered through the Spiritual Arts Collective, an outreach program that started in 2013. Its objectives are to connect members of the community with arts in an expressive way while discussing and exploring spiritual themes. Each artist will work with a Spiritual Arts Collective or the Litugical Arts Collective and have a determined time to develop an artistic project. The project must incorporate hte various talents of the participants who make up the collective. During the collective process the artist guides the participants in various artistic exercises, which they choose. “The collective process is what encourages people to come out of their shells. Participants will share stories while taking part in artistic exercises, whether painting, writing, dancing, singing and more” says Karen Bridges, minister at RWUC. Following an initial gathering meeting, the artist will coordinate and facilitate the collective in their artistic project and find an appropriate form of expression for the collective. This could be an event, whether private to the collective or open to the public, and can also be highlighted within a worship service.
Some of these projects are short term (ie. 1 month) and some will be longer term (ie. up to 8 months) depending on the collective. Participants will engage in many artistic exercises and activities, and the participants will create something as a collective. In our fourth year, we are hoping to have separate spiritual arts collective experiences facilitated by local artists that connect together to create a larger whole. In the spring, the pieces will be presented together to create a multi-disciplinary art experience. The artistic team at R-W is very flexible with the use of space and is open to many ideas of how to integrate the arts within its walls, rooms, chapel, memorial hall and sanctuary and the festivals that it participates in.
Note: Artists will be working in greater collaboration with other artists than previous years and must show an open-ness to working with people with various artistic skill.
In exchange, Robertson-Wesley would like to support artists in their own creative projects by offering, for example: free space, potential grant support, exposure and cross-organizational connections.
Artists working in the Spiritual Arts Collective do not need to be United Church Members or identify as Christian. Artists interested in applying should submit a proposal online through our website detailing what kind of project or idea they would like to work on.
Fo more information regarding the program or the different collectives, please contact Brooke Leifso, the program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.