Call for Entry: Down to Earth | Seasonal Artist Residency at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (DC)

By Editorial Team on November 9, 2020

Deadline: Mon, 30 November 2020

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Deadline: November 30 or until filled

Tendani | 8 Arts & Culture is pleased to introduce a new seasonal artist residency at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens – Down to Earth – a creative project partnership between Capital FringeCaandor Labs, and Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a proud partner of the National Park Service.

Tendani | 8 Arts & Culture is offering four paid artists’ residencies under the theme Down to Earth to provide an outlet for DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists and creatives to create artwork or experiences that examine our ability and fortitude as human beings to tackle the climate emergency and systemic racism. Projects developed through the residency will engage the landscape and wildlife of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, utilizing them for inspiration or as a metaphorical or literal canvas.

Submissions are welcome from DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists, either as solo artists/creatives or in teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary). All genres of art and performance are encouraged.

The residency holds a special place in microhistory–a study of the overlooked detail where the starting point can be a place, an event, a group of people, or an individual that may completely illuminate and stretch the bounds of our collective human agency and art practices/expression.

They are inviting four cohorts, either solo or teams, to four 13-week residencies in 2021. The seasonal residency schedule will be as follows:

  • Residency #1 Winter Dec. 21 – March 20
  • Residency #2 Spring March 21 – June 19
  • Residency #3 Summer June 21 – September 21
  • Residency #4 September 22 – Dec. 21

The residency provides access to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens encompassing 10 acres on the edge of the marsh that borders the east side of the Anacostia River, located along the curving route of Anacostia Avenue in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants. The unique landscape has been a botanical, educational, and recreational contribution to the history from the Nacotchtank to Colonial settlers to contemporary African American communities, the area around Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has been home to people for more than 4,000 years.

The first week of each seasonal residency will start with an onsite introduction to the park, its history, and staff. The research and production/creation timeline/flow of the residencies will be established in the first week. Each residency period will be thoroughly followed, documented, and eventually presented in a seasonal online zine in partnership with Caandor Labs.

Each accepted artist or team will receive $10,000–the equivalent of 20 hours of work per week plus materials. Accepted artists or teams are required to visit the park regularly during their residency period to gain inspiration.

Applications will go live on November 2, 2020, and will either close on November 30, 2020, or remain open until each of the four residencies is filled. Each seasonal residency will have a limit of 50 applications.

For inquiries regarding the Down to Earth, please contact Julianne Brienza