Ends on April 10, 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE AND DATES
Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 10th, 2017. Please submit any questions or concerns to Gabriela Manfredi at Gabriela@artistsallianceinc.org by end of day Thursday, April 6th. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Residency Periods:
Three-Month: September 2017 - November 2017 
Three-Month: December 2017 - February 2018 
Six-Month:  September 2017 - February 2018 

DESCRIPTION
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Open Call for Artists Alliance Inc's LES Studio Program. This application is for the following 2017 residency sessions: September 1 - November 30, December 1, - February 28, 2018, and September 1, - February 28, 2018. The application for the remainder of the year will be available on March 1st and due on April 3rd. 
 
Based in Lower Manhattan and supported by public funds, the LES Studio Program provides free three and six-month residencies to under-represented, emerging and mid-career artists. Artists working across all disciplines are encouraged to apply for fully-funded shared studio space in the historic Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center in the heart of the Lower East Side Art District. 

The residency offers 24-hour access to a furnished studio with WiFi, the opportunity to present work to curators and critics through AAI-organized studio visits, a curated exhibition at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (located inside the Essex Street Market) and exposure to a broad general audience during bi-annual Open Studios. AAI’s Curator and Director are available to provide critical feedback throughout each residency period to help artists clarify conceptual issues that may arise during their project development. Residencies are meant to facilitate experimentation, research, or production by providing much-needed space and time to residents. 

Residents are offered access to Materials for the Arts during his or her residency. Any additional materials needed should be brought or purchased by the artist.

FACILITIES
Please note that studio space is shared between four artists and individual studio space is approximately 170 square feet and partitioned without a door. The studio is located on the 4th floor of the Clemente building, which does not currently have an elevator nor is it handicap accessible. 

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION
Residents will be chosen by a jury of art professionals through a competitive process. The LES Studio Program is open to US and non-US residents, unless otherwise noted; however, please note that travel costs are not provided for. Artists outside the United States are responsible for arranging for and obtaining any needed visa, as well as considering the time it takes to do so.

COSTS
There is no fee to apply. If you are chosen to participate, your residency will be completely free; however, we are currently unable to offer travel reimbursement, nor offer a stipend. 

FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS 
We recommend that internationally-based artists accepted into the residency program make contact with their nearest United States Consulate or Embassy (https://www.usembassy.gov/). Residents typically enter the United States on a B1/B2 visa, which is issued for business/tourist purposes. A letter of invitation, provided by AAI, can be used in support of the visa application process.

The 2017 season of the LES Studio Program is made possible, in part, by the generous support of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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