Applications for Residency Programs – Univ. at Buffalo

University at Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative Accepting Applications for Residency Programs


The University at Buffalo established the Creative Arts Initiative in order to provide artists and performers with opportunities to take up residencies in Buffalo, during which time they are expected to create and present new work and interact with faculty, students, and Buffalo arts organizations in a variety of ways. The initiative is dedicated to the creation and production of new work that upholds the highest artistic standards of excellence while simultaneously fostering a complementary atmosphere of creative investigation and engagement among students, faculty, visiting artists, and the Buffalo community.

Resident artists should use their residency to create new works or complete works in progress. To that end, each artist-in-residence will receive an honorarium, access to workspace, performance and/or gallery space, and an invitation to interact with the community through workshops, classes, exhibitions, performances, lectures, and/or public art projects appropriate to the artist’s particular medium and project. Proposed budgets may range from $3,500 for a short-term project to $60,000 for a project of greater duration and complexity. Companies and collaborating artists are eligible to apply, as are emerging and established artists.

CAI is interested in artists who have demonstrated artistic excellence and achieved demonstrable professional accomplishment, or who, through submitted works, display exceptional promise. Artists/companies must demonstrate a strong commitment to arts education and community involvement related to the western New York region, though national and international collaboration may be an integral part of any proposal.

As part of its mission, CAI is accepting proposals for residencies as short as a few days to up to four months. Artists in all fields are eligible to participate, including music, film, plastic arts, visual arts, drama, writing, architecture, and so-called emerging disciplines.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the CAI website.

Link to Complete RFP

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