Wa Na Wari Artist Residency – Accepting Applications

Wa Na Wari Artist Residency – full description here

The Opportunity:
Wa Na Wari is dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of Black artistry locally. Wa Na Wari is offering three 1-month long residencies in the Wa Na Wari house where a visual artist can work and create new visual artwork. The new work will then be on view at Wa Na Wari for a 2-month period after the residency. Artists in residence will have as their studio a room that is up two flights of stairs and on the same floor as the bathroom. 

Wa Na Wari is located in Seattle’s Central District, a historically redlined neighborhood that was the cultural and artistic hub for the Black community for many decades. The Wa Na Wari house is the second home purchased by Frank and Goldyne Green, and has been in the Green family for five generations.  

Artists will be able to work and create in a home that has been a central part of Black community life in Seattle for over 50 years and is currently an incubator for Black thought and creativity. 

About Wa Na Wari: 
The mission of Wa Na Wari is to create space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection.

Sited in a 5th-generation Black-owned home, Wa Na Wari:

  • Hosts rotating exhibits by local and regional Black artists
  • Provides a space for workshops, performances, and lectures
  • Convenes changemakers, elders, youth, neighbors, and artists for collaboration, innovation, and community organizing. 
  • Operates an oral history studio for gathering and sharing the stories of Seattle’s historically Black Central District

The call is open to artists over 18 years of age that identify as descendants of the African diaspora living in King County, Washington. 
Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $2,000. 
March 2021 with exhibition from April 9-May 21
June 2021 with exhibition from July 9- August 27
September 2021 with exhibition from October 8-November 26th

The application deadline is 11:59p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021.
Link to the online application 
Monday, January 11, 2021, 11:59pm PST – Application Deadline
Monday, January 25th, 2021 – Selected artists notified 
March 2021- First residency begins
Applications must include:

  • Letter of Interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please provide a statement describing your interest in this particular residency and why working in the Wa Na Wari house would be beneficial for your career and artistic practice at this time. Please also include any ideas about topics and inspiration for the work you would like to create at this time. 
  • Work Samples 6-10 images of past work
  • Artist Statement or Bio. (not to exceed 2,000 characters) Please include an artist statement or bio that best describes your artistic practice and career. 
  • Two references. Names, emails, and phone numbers for two professional references who can speak to the quality of your work and your potential to succeed in this residency.

The artists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Artists that are members of the African diaspora
  • Creativity of past work
  • Strength, creativity, and appropriateness of letter of interest

A selection panel of Wa Na Wari staff and two professional artists will select three artists for the residency. 

Please email Elisheba Johnson at elishebajohnson@gmail.com with any questions.
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Application Workshop:
Monday, December 21st, 2020
6:00pm PT
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Meeting ID: 856 0765 4660
Passcode: 799744