2018 Artist-in-Residency RFP, The Village at WRJ

The Village at White River Junction

Artist-in-Residence 2018 Request for Proposals

The Village at White River Junction is excited to announce a call for residency proposals for our Artist-inResidence (AIR) program. The Village at White River Junction is a state-of-the art, high-end senior living community currently under construction in downtown White River Junction, VT and scheduled to open in September 2018.

To create a unique, purpose-built model for Assisted Living and Memory Care that incorporates and is incorporated within the surrounding historic community. Superior design and management will create a “vertical main street” that combines with a walkable downtown to provide a wealth of social and cultural experiences for residents.

Artist-in-Residence Mission
To create a community of seniors integrated with the outside community of our property, incorporate and value multi-generational interactions, stimulate self-expression, provide inspiration from a working artist within the daily flow of our community, and to transmute energy in and out and through the artistic building.

Vision – Gates & Dickson
To allow and encourage elders to live rich, full, vibrant lives in a beautiful, home-like atmosphere, with generous facilities for stimulation and relaxation for residents, friends, and families. Extensive and creative programming will bring artists and artisans into the building for performances and workshops, while residents have ample opportunities to enjoy the amenities within White River Junction.

Program Overview
The artist-in-residence program aims to provide an opportunity for our community to observe and interact with a professional artist. The program is open to visual and performing artists, writers, and musicians. The artist will work in The Village at White River Junction approximately 20 hours per week, including open studio hours. The schedule will be determined between the artist and the Director of Life Enrichment. The artist will lead classes, workshops, discussions, or performances in their art at least 3 times per month. The artist will eat 5 meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, per week with our residents and engage our residents in conversation about their art.

What the Residency Offers to You
• Workshop and private office space with wifi, telephone, and a copier/printer
• Access to the Abbott Art Studio, Miller Stage, Lyric Cinema, Crockwell Art Gallery, and Landmark Library
• An opportunity to create a program unique to you
• 3 meals per day for the duration of the residency
• Residency length – no less than one month and no longer than 12 months

The Selection Process
Decisions are based on artistic merit, proven experience working within the community, and proposed projects or ideas and how they relate to the residents of The Village. The Village at White River Junction encourages creativity; however, work must not require heavy machinery or major construction during creation. All artists will be notified after the review of their proposal is complete. The Village reserves the right to interview candidates before making our decision.

Who Can Apply
People who love storytelling, community-based projects, New England, and especially White River Junction are encouraged to apply. The residency is open to artists including writers, poets, cartoonist, photographers, new media artists, filmmakers, 2D fine artists, sculptors, textile artist, designers, musicians, composers, and other like forms. The artist must pass a background check by the management company. The developer, Gates & Dickson, will lead the selection process.

August 17, 2018
Submissions accepted by email only
Anticipated Timeline (subject to change at the discretion of The Village leadership)
• August 1, 2018 RFP release
• August 17, 2018: Submissions due
• August-September 2018: Jury meets to select artist
• September 2018: Artist is selected and notified
• After September 2018 rolling proposals/selection will continue

All submissions will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Submissions are to be made via emailed PDF ONLY, including:
• Artist’s name, address, phone number and email address
• Website, if applicable (not required for consideration)
• Photos, recording or video less than 3 minutes, or writing sample
• Resume
• Statement of Interest – a short text presenting potential project(s) that you would like to do during your residency, ideas about how your work will relate to seniors, and how our residents will be involved in the art process
• Short Narrative Bio

Nikki Fortier

The Village at White River Junction • 101 Currier Street • White River Junction, VT • 05001