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Over the past year daily life changed significantly for many people due to restrictions on activities, travel, work and socializing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result people are spending more time at home, and doing all sorts of things from their homes on a regular basis that they never did before.
The IKEA-backed research and design lab Space 10 in partnership with the visual organization platform Are.na, are organizing a remote artist residency to challenge participants to "formulate a response to the complexity of living in the time of COVID-19" with a focus on mental health and wellness within the confines of the home.
There will be 5 residencies available. The program will last for one month and involve digital meetings, as well as contributing to an ongoing body of research with the residents creating their own project. The residency will be conducted through digital meetings, and residents will be given access to a mental health specialist through It's Complicated, a website dedicated to making mental health care easy to find.
Timeline for the residency will be 26 October to 26 November. Since the residency is completely remote, applicants from all over with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. You do not need to have an educational background, and current students may also apply. The residencies are individual, so teams are not able to apply for this program. For students interested, this program is not an internship, and cannot be used for class credit. Otherwise, as long as all of the pieces for the application are there, anyone can apply. Final projects can be anything creative such as a music piece, garment, sculpture, film, poem, etc.
Applicants for the residency are required to submit a proposal explaining their idea with a PDF presentation no more than 10 slides. The presentation should include a project timeline, as well. The project description should be no more than 200 words, or can be a one-minute video instead. The applicant should talk about why they want to be a part of the residency program, and interests within the program. When you begin looking for ideas for your project, start with the UN Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health.
Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 honorarium, $1,200 worth of tools and supplies, a lifetime membership to Are.na and opportunities for mentorship. The deadline is fast approaching - applications are due by October 16, with interviews taking place between October 19-20.
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Can we drop the use of "creatives"? It's redolent of the "makers vs takers" political divide. This phrase clearly implies other people are not creative- which is insulting and likely incorrect. An EMT who improvises a splint is creative. As is a waitress who keeps their customers happy when the meal is late. it is a characteristic of being human to be creative- let's not deny humanity to others.