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City of Albuquerque Opens Artist Applications for the UETF Resiliency Residency Program

Artists from all disciplines and mediums invited to apply by Oct. 27.
October 06, 2023

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts & Culture and the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund (UETF) are thrilled to announce the opening of artist applications for the 2024 UETF Resiliency Residency Program. This innovative artist residency program, born out of the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, invites artists from all disciplines and mediums to apply for a grant which puts the artist themselves in control.

The UETF Resiliency Residency Program offers a self-paced, "at-home" residency experience that encourages artists to explore, experiment, research, and create at their own pace. The 2024 UETF Resiliency Residency award amount is $5,000 per artist—doubled from the previous cycle.

One of the distinguishing features of the UETF Resiliency Residency is its flexibility in fund utilization. Artists are encouraged to employ these funds in ways that best serve their artistic practice, whether as part of a larger grant, leverage for additional funding, intermediary financing for larger projects, or as they see fit over the eighteen-month program. This program recognizes the need for artists to receive funding with total trust from the granting organization that the fund amount will be used to further their artistic careers.

The UETF Resiliency Residency Program is not just about financial support; it is about community building. This is exemplified through the inclusion of local non-profit organizations who act as fiscal sponsors to the artists and serve mentor and artist support roles as well. This year, The UETF has selected Working Classroom and Katharsis Media to be the fiscal sponsor organizations for the new round of artists.

In its second iteration, the program will foster deeper connections among residents through studio visits and regular face-to-face check-ins. This renewed focus on community building will encourage potential collaborations, stimulating rich conversation, and cross-disciplinary exposure.  The 2024 cycle will also feature engaging Roundtables and Workshops led by experts in the arts and arts administration fields. These sessions are designed to encourage meaningful connections and conversations between awarded artists and other members of the Albuquerque arts community.

The UETF, established in 1987 by the City of Albuquerque, is committed to enhancing the city's arts and cultural offerings and opportunities. The Resiliency Residency Program is a testament to the UETF's enduring dedication to supporting artists of all disciplines, mediums, and artistic and cultural backgrounds.

The UETF Resiliency Residency Program application period is now open, and all artists from all disciplines are invited to apply. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the UETF website.

The UETF Resiliency Residency Artist Application closes October 27 and the UETF will host several open office hours for artists who have questions, clarifications, or need assistance submitting their application.

Please check the UETF website for updates.