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Abrons AIRspace Program

The Abrons AIRspace Residency Program offers time-based residencies to interdisciplinary artists engaged in the fields of visual art, performance, curatorial and social practices. A variety of residency program structures provide a range of support to artists, including workspace, production support, in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities, commissioning funds, a monetary award, and opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side community through guest artist residencies. To date, Abrons has provided over fifty-thousand hours of residency support to artists working through ideas at various stages of development.

A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on critical inquiry with ideas and aesthetic traditions. We are intent on co-creating with community of  AIRspace residents who value situating their practices within the rich histories of the Lower East Side, and who demonstrate a commitment to political and cultural equity.

For more information, please email abronsairspace@henrystreet.org.


Visual Artist Residency

As we have reached our application cap, we are no longer accepting applications for the Visual Artist AIRspace Residency program. Be sure to sign up for our Mailing List to stay up-to-date about opportunities at Abrons.

Abrons Arts Center annually supports four visual art residencies for New York City-based artists. Residents receive a monetary award for their participation in the program, as well as a semi-private studio for up to nine months at the Abrons facility, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts-workers. The residency period culminates in a group exhibition in Abrons galleries.

Program Components:

  • $3,000 unrestricted stipendfor their participation in the program
  • A semi-private studio (6′ x 12′ with 12′ ceilings) for nine months at the Abrons facility, located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
  • 30 hours of free studio time in Abrons dance studios and theaters
  • Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and other arts-workers throughout the residency cycle
  • Bi-monthly dinner with residency cohort
  • A Residency group exhibition in Abrons’ galleries

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be New York City based and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. Applicants living outside New York City will have to make their own accommodation arrangements.
  • Abrons does not provide visa sponsorship.
  • Artists enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible to apply.
  • Collaborative groups are invited to apply. If selected, they will receive one studio.
  • A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to provide feedback to applicants at this time.

A Note about COVID-19:

In compliance with state-wide public health measures in the wake of COVID-19, Abrons Arts Center is currently closed. We plan to be open and fully operational by the time of the Residency move in date. However, there is a possibility that the Residency will have to adapt to a remote format if city officials mandate that our facilities close for public health reasons. In the event that COVID-19 impacts our facility operations, Abrons Arts Center will honor our financial commitments to Residents and adapt program components accordingly.

Application Timeline:

Applications go live: April 22, 2020
Application deadline: We have reached our application cap, and are no longer accepting submissions.
Applicants notified of Status: July 19, 2020
Studio Move in: September 9, 2020
Studio Move out: June 12, 2021

Funding:

Abrons Arts Center’s Visual Artist AIRspace residencies are made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Parent Artist Residency

Due to the many uncertainties presented by COVID-19, we are unable to host our Parent Artist AIRspace Residency this summer. In light of this, together with The Sustainable Arts Foundation, we have decided to transition the residency funds into an emergency relief fund for artists with children. We are pleased to be able to offer some cash relief resources during these challenging times.

We will disburse $500 to 6 parent-artists with children in grade school (K-12) or younger. We will be capping the number of applications at 15 and evaluating the applications based on need.

Program Components: 

  • $1,000 unrestricted stipend for participation in the program
  • Fully subsidized tuition for one child to attend Abrons Arts Camp
  • Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and other arts-workers
  • Intergenerational teaching opportunities during Abrons Arts Camp

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be New York City based and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. Proof of address is required in order to apply. Housing is not offered.
  • Applicants must identify as working in visual arts, music and/or literary arts.
  • Collaborative groups are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicant must identify as a parent of a child between the ages of 5 and 13. Only 1 child is eligible to receive free tuition to Abrons Arts Camp in Summer 2020.
  • A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

A Note about COVID-19:

In compliance with state-wide public safety measures in the wake of COVID-19, Abrons Arts Center is currently closed. The application for the Parent Artist AIRspace residency is currently suspended due to the uncertain status of our building operations for Summer 2020. Please check this page for updates.

Funding:

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Artist AIRspace Residencyis made possible with support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation


Performing Artist Residency

Abrons supports New York City-based performance artists in new work  development from the early ideation phase to the fully produced premiere. AIRspace Performing Artists Residents are provided with premium access to studios and theaters for rehearsals, and the possibility of commissioning support to develop new work.   

Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists

With support from The Jerome Foundation, a cohort of up to four early career performing artists are annually invited to participate in our Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists.  Jerome AIRspace artists receive two hundred hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios and theaters , production residencies that guarantee at least one week exclusive theater access, as well a commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our performance season.

Program Components:

  • $5,000 commission for a new work to be presented at Abrons as part of our 2020-2021 performance season. Performances must be programmed to occur before June 30, 2021.
  • 200 hours of fully subsidized studio time in any of our performance studios (excluding Studio G-05) and theaters. Please visit our Rental page to learn more about our studio and theater spaces.
  • 1 week production residency in the theater prior to premiere
  • Studio visits with critics, curators, artists, and arts-workers

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Applicant must be New York City based and living within 5 boroughs at the time of application submission and during the residency period. Proof of address is required in order to apply.
  • Performing artists working in movement-based practices that are interdisciplinary in nature are encouraged to apply. Collaborative groups are invited to apply but will receive the same commission fee as an individual artist. Collaboratives should only submit 1 application; Collaboratives that submit more than 1 application for the same project will be disqualified from the review process.
  • Applicant must identify as an early career artist: According to the Jerome Foundation, an early career artist “typically has a track record of generating and publicly presenting full work over which they have ultimate creative control in the discipline in which they are applying, but are not yet at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim.” Please note that this category is not contingent on the age of the artist.
  • Applicant must apply with a project proposal that has not yet premiered in its final form in New York City. Applicants who prefer a Fall 2020 presentation date must apply with a project that is in its final stages of production. Applicants who prefer a Spring 2021 presentation date may apply with a project that is in its earlier developmental stages.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in degree-granting programs or who will be students during the grant period are not eligible.
  • A program of the historic Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center is committed to the belief that artistic practice is key to a socio-politically engaged and healthy society. As such, we place value on work that critically engages with ideas and aesthetic traditions. Applicants should closely review the Abrons Arts Center Mission Statement and Declaration of Inclusion before applying for the Residency.

Application Timeline:

2020-2021 application cycle opens in Fall 2020. Please sign up for our mailing list for the latest information on application deadlines.

Funding:

Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.


Social Practice Residency

In 2018, Abrons initiated a pilot of an AIRspace residency for artists working within the field of social practice. This two year residency is offered by invitation to a cohort of artists for the development of politically and socially engaged research and creative programmatic initiatives in collaboration with Henry Street Settlement/Lower East Side communities.

Program Components:

  • Shared office space on-site at Abrons
  • Monetary fee and administrative support to execute project proposals at Abrons and Henry Street Settlement sites around the neighborhood

Application Timeline:

At this time, Social Practice Residencies are made by invitation only.

Funding:

The Social Practice AIRspace Residency is generously supported by the Radunski Family Fund.


Curatorial Residency

This one year residency is offered by invitation to one curator for the development of interdisciplinary projects to be presented in Abrons’ galleries as part of our presenting season.

Program Components:

  • Semi-private studio on-site at Abrons
  • Honorarium
  • Production budget and administrative support to execute project proposals

Application Timeline:

At this time, Curatorial Residencies are made by invitation only.


Costume Design Residency

Since 2016, Abrons has provided a creative home for costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. Together Reid & Harriet have created costumes for innumerable performing artists including Kyle Abraham, Jack Ferver, and Andrea Miller as well as designs for American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Application Timeline:

At this time, Abrons does not accept applications for Costume Design Residencies.