Riverside Arts Center

Artist Residency Program

Riverside Arts Center is accepting proposals for residencies for sessions from as short as one week and up to two months. All fields of creative art are eligible to participate including music, dance film, plastic arts, visual arts, drama, writing, architecture, and emerging disciplines.

Request for Proposals for 2021

Guidelines and Application Procedure

Riverside Art Center (RAC) is interested in artists who have demonstrated artistic excellence, and have achieved demonstrable professional accomplishment, or who, through the submitted works, display exceptional promise. Resident artists should use their residency to create new works, or complete works in progress. Your project description should describe your project and goals in specific detail.

Artists must demonstrate a strong commitment to arts education and community involvement — such commitment must be directly addressed to the opportunities that exist in the greater Ypsilanti area, though national and international collaboration may also be an integral part of any proposal.

Resident artists will provide educational and community components. For some a virtual public conversation about their work might be appropriate; for others, it might be a micro-seminar or a master class. Or it might be major interactions with the community’s arts organizations combined with interaction with the university community. RAC welcomes other creative methods of engaging students and the local community as well. Description of intended form of engagement should be included in all proposals along with information regarding communication with and buy-in from intended local partners.

The intention for the residency opportunity is to serve individual visual and performing artists.  We are not currently accepting collaborative creative works during this time of Covid. We will allow up to two additional people with either proper masking and social distancing  and / or full vaccinations by all three people in the space.  For example, these one or two people might serve as models or an accompanist, some form of support for the creative work of the artist in residence.  Still, this should be for the purpose of your own artist residency and making new creative works.

Supporting Artists in Ypsilanti
RAC residencies are intended to provide artists an affordable opportunity to focus on new or ongoing projects, and to introduce the community to that work in a mindful, inclusive fashion.

This process is open to all artistic disciplines. Applicants must be 18 years and older. Preference will be given to those artists living and/or working in Washtenaw County.

To keep artists and the community safe, Riverside Arts Center is offering two large, separate spaces with independent facilities.

Residencies can be requested in increments of one week duration and will be available from April 1 – September 1, 2021 in either the Dance Studio or the Off Center, depending on needs of the artists. 

  • Dance Studio – A second floor dance studio. The room has hardwood floor, lots of windows, sound system, dance bars, mirrors on two walls, and a restroom. Dry materials only are allowed in this space. 
  • The Off Center – A more public, first floor open space that has a large panoramic window looking out to the street. Historically, artists have utilized this window for unique exhibitions. The room has tile floor, utility sink in adjacent space, kitchen, and private restrooms. Water soluble materials only are allowed in this space.

COST:  Per week: $100 

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of:

  • The quality of the project concept.
  • Artistic excellence.
  • Artist engagement with greater Ypsilanti community.

The Riverside Art Center Program Committee will seek input from appropriate experts during the review process.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed the first week of each month. In order to be considered, all materials must be received no later than midnight the month preceding.

Interested parties should submit the Artist-in-Residence Proposal form online, and provide Artist CVs, and work samples via email to with “Artist-Proposal” and the proposer’s name in the subject line.

Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their proposal.

Community projects must be completed within 6 months of the residency.

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