About the Residency Program

The application period for 2019 artist residencies is closed. Please check back for updates on 2020 residencies at a later date.

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 with meals provided six days a week. 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 residents with disabilities. 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 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.  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.

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 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 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.

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 fall 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, 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.

For more about the Crosstown Concourse, visit crosstownconcourse.com

Photo credit: Jamie Harmon


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