Community Artist-in-Residence Program


The inaugural Urban Arts Space community artist-in-residence, Arris' Cohen, conducting live painting during a fashion ball event

Urban Arts Space Community Artist-in-Residence

Urban Arts Space (UAS) offers funding and opportunities to support community-centered arts and culture projects and to recognize outstanding local artists. Rather than offering studio space or housing, this community-based residency focuses on realizing the visions of artists for whom the community is their studio, such as painters who create public murals, dancers who teach classes in public spaces, writers who give readings in local bookshops, and beyond.

The 2023 Urban Arts Space Community Artist-in-Residence Program funds up to two programs annually for professional artists. Residencies generally take place over the course of 4–5 months, and artists meet weekly with UAS staff to plan three or more free public programs ranging from art-making workshops to writing, dance, and theater production. The residency culminates in an exhibition, performance, symposium, workshop, festival, or other large-scale show at Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, or UAS Online, created/curated by the artist and staged with the assistance of UAS staff.

Applications are accepted from individual artists and artist collectives for projects in a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multidisciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, visual arts/crafts, and others. Successful candidates have a strong interest in teaching and working with underserved communities and possess a passion for arts education. Applicants must be a resident of Franklin County or adjacent counties.

This program is made possible with funds from The Ohio State University, with the support of Urban Arts Space and the office of the vice provost for the arts.

Applications for the 2023–2024 Community Artist-in-Residence program are now closed.