Artist Occupancy Program at the Backfence
The Backfence Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to
positive community engagement through art.

Thank you for your interest in the Artist Occupancy Program at Backfence located in Downtown Vista, north county San Diego. This program was developed in January of 2021 by President Sarah Spinks and artists Christina Curiel and Joseph Curiel.

The Backfence Society, Inc., established in 2011, started as an autonomous group of north county San Diego artists working collaboratively to produce interactive art events. The Backfence Society aims to provide an affordable and accessible platform for established and emerging artists. The Backfence Society established itself with intentions to foster relationships that mutually benefit the community and the artists living within.

The industrious nature of creativity leads to positive change in our community and the Backfence Society advocates lifting one another up by embracing the connection we experience through art in its different forms.

The Backfence Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) serving artists and fostering leadership in the arts and its connection with audiences in an equitable manner.

The Backfence is excited to work with both established or emerging artists/artist groups through the Artist Occupancy Program to exhibit rotating artworks and installations in the Clubhouse Gallery. If you are applying for AOP please review the requirements and commitments below to better understand the program. More information will be discussed :
-Artist/Artist group may think of the Clubhouse Gallery as an open platform to install work, minimal curation goes into artists utilizing the space. Murals, 3D sculpture, experimental art, music, film or digital media, etc are all welcomed.
-Artist/Artist Groups will have open access to the space and will use the space at their own risk. A user agreement and general liability release form must be completed before allowance of use of the space.
-Artist Occupancy Program participants will typically use the space for a minimum of 30 days and no more than 90 days.
-Artist/Artist group must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week in the space. A schedule of commitment to times will be determined during AOP intake with Program Directors.
-Artist/Artist Group must commit to a minimum of two digital workshops - each workshop is a minimum of one hour in duration, to be live streamed via and @backfencesociety YouTube Channel. (Release form to be signed during intake).
-Artist/Artist Group will gain access to @backfencesociety social media account and be able to help promote their Occupancy as well as activities happening.
-Opening Reception shall take place the first Saturday 12-5pm (Oct-Mar) 3-8pm (Apr-Sept) the Artists/Artist Group occupy the space.
-Artist/Artist Group will not use the space past 10pm.
-No drugs or alcohol will be consumed in the gallery. Backfence has a zero-tolerance policy. Failure to respect the art space will result in immediate termination of any agreement to use the space and artist/artist group will be required to remove all artworks and property.
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Thank you for your interest in the Occupancy Program at Backfence
We will be in touch with you soon about scheduling an Artist Intake. If you have any questions or are wondering about the status of this application please email
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