Please note: Applications for ACTivate are now closed.
Boston Center for the Arts’ ACTivate Residency will award five-day residencies to individuals and small groups of artists to create site-responsive work in the historic Cyclorama. The work can be performative and/or visual in nature and is meant to activate artists and our spaces. The intention of the ACTivate Residency is to open up space for deep exploration of an idea or concept over the course of the residency. ACTivate is open to all Boston-based visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists with priority given to BIPOC, Immigrant, and New American artists and their collaborators.
Applications will be evaluated by guest panelists.
- ACTivate is open to all Boston-based visual, performing, and interdisciplinary artists with priority given to BIPOC, Immigrant, and New American artists and their collaborators.
- The collective or lead artist(s) must live or work within the City of Boston, with preference given to artists who live in Allston-Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.
- Collective or lead artist(s) must have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion.
- $1,000 stipend per artist (up to four per residency) to be used at their discretion.
- $30/day travel stipend for up to four artists.
- Access to Cyclorama during agreed upon hours (for up to eight hours per day) BCA staff support during artists’ working hours up to eight consecutive hours per day between 8am and 11pm.
- Film documentation of the residency process and work created that may be used at artists discretion and shared during the season culminating event.
- Cleaning and sanitization of the space.
- Access to BCA’s in-house lighting plot and a small basic PA system for amplification.
- Access to other BCA items such as tables, chairs, stage, Marley flooring, etc.
Artists agree to:
- Create or further develop a site-responsive work over the course of five days.
- The proposed project should be performative and/or visual in nature and is meant to activate artists and our spaces.
- Submit a detailed schedule to BCA four weeks prior to the start of the Residency.
- Attend pre-Residency meetings to discuss the proposed timeline as well as any technical, production and general Residency needs.
- Be responsible for all technical aspects of the installation including any necessary permitting, etc.
- Present a floor plan of the use of space/ installation for BCA approval two weeks prior to the residency.
- Adherence to the Cyclorama Rules and Regulations.
- Work with BCA staff and film crew to document the installation and/or performance in an agreed upon manner (including interviews, b-roll, still photography, social media, etc.).
- Agree to collaborate with BCA to share the process and documentation with audiences.
- Limit the artists working to the same group for the duration on the residency (up to four artists).
- Follow BCA’s Covid-19 Guidelines including mask requirements, contact tracing, proof of vaccination, etc.
- Provide BCA with images, bio, and project concept descriptions that can be used to promote the artists and the work they are creating.
- Promote the ACTivate Residency in partnership with BCA marketing department.
- Strike the installation at the conclusion of the residency.
- Participate in the ACTivate event in the Spring of 2022 to share excerpts of the work and/or speak on an Artist Panel.