About the Residency Program

Applications for all 2020 residencies are now closed. The application for 2021 will be open from May 15-July 15, 2020.

Crosstown Arts offers multidisciplinary residencies in Memphis, TN, to visiting and Memphis-based artists and curators, working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, music, film, and writing in all genres.

All residencies include a private studio workspace. Studios have varying configurations and amenities. In addition to a private practice space, musician residencies include access to a shared, informal recording studio with standard recording equipment, software and a basic backline. 

Residents are provided meals five days a week in the cafe at Crosstown Arts.

Live/work residencies also include a private bedroom/bathroom next to a common living area and kitchen. A family housing option is available as well as accessible housing for differently abled residents. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible for covering their own studio materials and travel expenses to and from Memphis.

All residents are asked to participate in a limited number of public engagement activities (such as informal artist talks, public performance/projects, and open studio events) while in Memphis.

Three-month residency sessions are offered each year in the spring (February 1-April 30) and in the fall (September 15-December 15). Three-week sessions are available in the summer (June 3-24 and July 8-29) and can be attended consecutively. One visual arts, studio-only, 10-month residency is available per year. Crosstown Arts offers select sponsored and specialized residencies each year as part of the application process.

Sponsored residencies typically include special requirements for public engagement projects and/or work and involve direct, ongoing contact with a partnering organization during the residency. Sponsored residencies may or may not include paid stipends for residents. Specialized residencies include dedicated equipment and software that is particular to certain disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to read about sponsored and specialized residencies in detail, during each application period, as these residencies may vary.

Crosstown Arts also has community partnerships with organizations like Indie Memphis that provide specific benefits for our film residents. The mission of Indie Memphis is to create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers

Anyone who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of their residency 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 given a membership, for the duration of their residency, to Crosstown Arts’ on-site shared art-making workspace. This facility includes a range of analog and digital fabrication and production resources, including a wood shop, 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.

Founded in 2010, Crosstown Arts (501c3) completed the renovation of Crosstown Concourse in 2017, 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 space dedicated to live music performance. Crosstown Arts also operates an after-school program, a community-organized exhibition/performance venue, a 410-seat black box performing arts theater, a cafe and bar. 

Crosstown Concourse is also home to a major health and wellness initiative, including a walk-in clinic for the uninsured and a fitness facility, both available to participants in Crosstown Arts’ residency program. A variety of restaurants are located in the Concourse building, as well as a small grocery store, coffee shop, juice bar, pharmacy, and other commercial, retail, and residential tenants.

For more about the Crosstown Concourse, visit crosstownconcourse.com

Photo credit: Jamie Harmon


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