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Posted on: November 9, 2022

DeSoto Artists Lab Application Now Open

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The DeSoto Artists Lab (DAL) is a new initiative of the City of DeSoto Arts Commission designed to invest in the development and visibility of artists living and working in our community. 

The DAL will allow up to ten artists to work as Artists in Residence in various spaces in our community, working primarily with a designated organization, city agency or in a commercial space where the public has open access to interact with the artists. These stipend-based residencies have mutual benefits for the artist and for the community – providing time and space for artists and other creative individuals to work; and involving residents and visitors in a variety of visual and performing art forms.

Artists will be selected through a competitive process. The length of a residency can vary from one week up to six months and can support a single artistic discipline or bring together artists from across multi-disciplines. DAL Artists are matched up with a mentor artist based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests. Mentors support the development and implementation of the residency projects. 

The responsibilities of artists include, but are not limited to, self-scheduled meetings with mentors, participation in a series of technical assistance workshops provided by the City of DeSoto, conducting research to identify a space for the residency to occur and showcasing a public presentation of their work.

 HOW TO APPLY: Artists should submit a single PDF file that includes:

  1. Letter of interest (indicating a strong rationale for acceptance into the DeSoto Artist Lab, and willingness to work with the City of DeSoto staff to develop a successful residency)
  2. Professional resume which includes your Artist Statement
  3. Project budget including artist fee for the residency period
  4. Up to six images that give the review panel an indication of the artist’s work and artistic discipline. (one photo per page) Note: (Performing artists may also submit links to audio or video files)

 Please send your application packet to:

 **The deadline to submit your application packet is Wednesday, November 30, 2022.**

For more information visit the DeSoto Arts Commission website by clicking this link:

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