Call For Proposals: IPRC BIPOC Writer & Artist Residency
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, 3/25 BY 11:59PM PST

MISSION
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) is a nonprofit that provides affordable access to space, tools, and resources for creating independently published media and artwork, and builds community and identity through the creation of written and visual art. Please feel free to read our Equity Statement, Values Statement, & Strategic Plan at the following link: https://www.iprc.org/equity-statement-values-and-strategic-plan/.

THE RESIDENCIES
The IPRC’s mission has always been about access and empowering alternative paths to publishing for vital work & unique voices. To fulfill our mission better, we’re introducing this residency program that is designed specifically to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and writers to develop and create their art, and to share with the wider community.

We want to give artists and writers time, financial (in the form of $3k stipends) and community support, as well as resources to create.

To us, being a BIPOC residency means that artists and writers who identify as Black and/or Indigenous will receive priority as applicants. However, all Artists of Color are encouraged to apply. We’ve chosen this focus because, through surveys and conversations with community members, we learned that this is where we (organizationally and the Portland literary, publishing, and arts communities in general) have the most room for improvement. This Program, in its first form, will benefit 15 writers, visual artists, and small groups over three years (supported in large part by the Meyer Trust, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation). We hope to continue it beyond then.

There are two ways to apply: as an individual or as a small group. Through a juried selection process (that includes community members of color, not IPRC staff), two writers, two visual artists, and one small group (2-4 people) will be selected each year. We’re especially interested in individuals who cross disciplines, are unafraid of experimentation & collaboration, and whose work exhibits a strong perspective or vital message. The small group can include artists, writers, activists, or people who identify as both.

These residencies are primarily for Portland Metro Area residents (as we don’t provide housing), though it is open for anyone in Oregon.

** New this year, join us for a Q&A informational session on Saturday, March 7th from 6-7pm at our studio (318 SE Main Street, Suite 155). You can also sign up for 1:1 work sessions with IPRC Executive Director, Alley Pezanoski-Browne, between March 7th and 13th. Email alley@iprc.org with interest.**

ARTISTS & WRITERS WILL RECEIVE . . .

ACCESS & SPACE
Residents will:
*Be encouraged to coordinate with staff to access the space anytime, even when the studio isn’t open to the public.
* Have access to the IPRC’s letterpress, risograph, and screen printing studio, supplies, computer lab, copiers, and other equipment.
* Receive galleys, cubbies, and print drawers for storage of in-progress work.
* Be encouraged to use the space for community meetings and events.

SUPPORT
* Each resident receives a $3,000 stipend. There are no restrictions on how the award can be used.
* IPRC staff are available to counsel and assist the residents throughout their project (and beyond); to work with residents to schedule meetings, events, and workshops in the space; and to support with grant-writing and proposals.

RESOURCES
* Enrollment in IPRC workshops is free and encouraged.
* Inks, paper, and other materials in the studio are free to use.
* Printing credits provided.
* Volunteers and studio stewards are available to share their expertise and support the residents.

COMMUNITY
* Residencies happen at the same time to encourage collaboration.
* Shared studio time during open hours means that residents will get to know IPRC volunteers, members, and studio stewards. There will also be frequent skill-shares.
* Complimentary year-long IPRC studio membership is provided at the end of the residencies.

THE IPRC REQUIRES THAT RESIDENTS . . .

* Make frequent and active use of the IPRC studio and/or classroom during the residency period (June, July, August 2019).
* Organize at least one exhibit, workshop, performance, event, or artist talk to take place in the space at some point during the residency period or directly after (in September 2020-January 2021). We also encourage ongoing engagements with the IPRC community.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS BY WEDNESDAY, 3/25 VIA THE FORM BELOW :
* Artist or Group Statement
* Project Proposal (for the work that the artist will be engaged in during the residency; we don’t require that projects will be completed during the 3-month residency period but want to get a good sense of what you’ll be working on)
* Public Component Proposal (for the exhibit, workshop, performance, event, or artist talk you will present during your residency or directly afterwards)
* Email five work samples to info@iprc.org (Files should be JPEGs, PDFs, or TIFFs; please send videos as links; under 25 MB)

** Please read the IPRC Member Handbook ahead of time, so you come in with a good idea of how the IPRC studio works:
https://www.iprc.org/becomeamember/membership/ (link to the PDF is halfway down the page) **
Email address *
Applicant Name *
Your answer
1. Are you applying as a... *
2. Please provide a brief artist or group statement (no more than 5,000 characters) *
Your answer
3. Please provide a Project Proposal for the work that you'll engage in during the residency; we don't require that projects be completed during the 3-month residency period, but want to get a good sense of what you'll work on during that time. (no more than 5,000 characters) *
Your answer
4. Please provide a Proposal for the Public Component of the residency – the exhibit, installation, workshop, performance, event, or artist talk you'll present during the residency period or shortly afterwards. Bonus points if it can happen at the IPRC, but not required. (no more than 5,000 characters) *
Your answer
5. Do you identify as any of the following? *
Required
6. Please send five work samples to info@iprc.org before the deadline.
If you have any questions about this application, the residency program, or the IPRC, please also email info@iprc.org. (Files should be JPEGs, PDFs, or TIFFs; please send videos as links; under 25 MB)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSION!
All applicants will be notified of the jury's decision before May 15th – please be patient with us in the meantime.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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