Riverside Arts Center

Artist Residency Program

Riverside Arts Center accepts proposals for residencies for one week long sessions. 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 2022

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.

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.


Residencies will be between booked in one week sessions in Studio 1 or the Off Center depending on needs of the artists.

Studio 1 – A second floor studio. The room has a hardwood floor, two windows, a mirror on the far wall, utility sink, and access to public restrooms.

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.

COST: Per week: $100.


Applications will be reviewed by the Riverside Program’s Committee on the basis of:

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


Riverside will begin to review applications on May 10th with a rolling deadline until all spaces are filled or the dates have passed.


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.

Successful projects will be announced starting May 15th, 2022, and projects must be completed before September 2022.

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