The 2024 residency program reflects scheduling adjustments that have come out of the Center’s current strategic planning process. Responsive to feedback from artists and others in our community, staff reflections, and equitable practices in the field, this planning process will shift the structure of the residency for 2024 and the coming years, as we continue to grow and evolve.
Here’s what’s new for 2024:
We increased the number of sessions hosted at the Center.
The new program calendar creates three defined sessions (Spring, Summer, Fall) for both National and New Orleans-based artists, whereas there used to be two (Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter). The new program calendar is divided into 14-week Spring and Fall sessions and a 6 week Summer session.
Additionally, the updated calendar addresses the end-of-the-year interruption to studio access that previously existed due to the Center’s winter break schedule at the end of December, as the Fall session will conclude on December 20.
We have changed the duration of the residencies for both National and New Orleans-based Artists.
For 2024, all applicants are able to indicate a preference for 6- or 14-week residencies at the Center, although residencies durations are based on availability. Previously, residencies that only took place in the summer were not available to New Orleans-based artists, because they only had access to 5-month residencies.
By defining three distinct sessions, we strive to provide more flexibility to New Orleans-based applicants who may not have been able to commit to the past mandatory five-month residency duration. The changes also support a greater sense of community onsite, with New Orleans-based and National participants arriving and departing from the program at similar times.
Please note that, in rare cases, we may consider an application for a residency 1-month in length, but those applicants should be in communication with us before submitting an application.
How can folks learn more about the residency program and the application process?
We will be hosting in-person and virtual information sessions about the residency program during the application period. These presentations will include an overview of the residency program, best practices for your application, and time for questions from attendees. Save the dates for one of the following sessions:
In-person info session: Wednesday, June 21, 11:00am CT
Virtual info session: Thursday, June 22, 3:00pm CT
We look forward to sharing more news from the Joan Mitchell Center as we continue to plan for 2024 and beyond!