The multidisciplinary artist residency program at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, offers residencies for visiting and Memphis-based visual and performing artists working in any creative discipline as well as musicians, filmmakers, and writers in all genres.
All residencies include a private studio workspace with meals provided six days a week. Live/work residencies also include a private bedroom/bathroom next to a common living area and a shared kitchen for all residents. A family housing option is available, as well as accessible housing for residents with disabilities. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible to cover their own studio materials and travel expenses to and from Memphis.
Three-month residency sessions are offered each year in the fall and spring. Shorter twenty-day sessions are available in the summer and can be attended consecutively. Studio-only residencies are available for up to ten months throughout the year.
In the summer and fall of 2018, Crosstown Arts offers a Withers Residency for an individual artist of color working in any discipline who ambitiously addresses the intersection of race and social inequality in their work. Also in the fall of 2018, Crosstown Arts is partnering with Indie Memphis to offer a three-month residency to an independent filmmaker working in any genre, with expanded opportunities for involvement in the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.
Anyone 21 years of age or older is welcome to apply. There are no specific project requirements for accepted residents who are encouraged to experiment and explore new ideas or further develop current work already in process.
Residents are provided with on-site access to Crosstown Arts’ shared art-making workspace with a range of analog and digital fabrication and production resources, including a woodshop, multiple CNC/laser cutters, a Mac-based computer lab, a large-format digital printing service, a silkscreen/print shop, a small recording studio, and individual editing bays for video/audio production.
All residents are asked to participate in a limited number of public engagement activities while in Memphis such as an informal artist talk or public performance/project, open studio event, or exhibition.
Founded in 2010, Crosstown Arts (501c3) recently completed the renovation of Crosstown Concourse, a one-million-square-foot former Sears & Roebuck distribution warehouse. The Concourse building is now home to Crosstown Arts’ contemporary art center that includes the artist residency program, multiple galleries, large-scale exhibition/installation spaces, screening rooms, and a listening room dedicated to live music performance. Crosstown Arts also operates an after-school program, a community-organized exhibition/performance venue, a café, and bar. A 425-seat black box performing arts theater is currently under construction on-site and scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.
Crosstown Concourse is also home to a major health and wellness initiative, including a walk-in clinic for the uninsured and a fitness facility inside the building, both available to participants in Crosstown Arts’ residency program. A variety of restaurants are located in the Concourse building, as well as a grocery store, coffee shop, juice bar, pharmacy, and other commercial, retail, and residential tenants.