I’m so inspired by this. I’d love to see (many) somethings like this spring up in Austin. Such an elegant, synergistic idea.
The Beam Center in Brooklyn is a “community of learning where artists guide young creators aged 6 to 18. Our hands-on programs in technology, imagination and craft help young people build their character, courage to think for themselves, and capacity for collaboration and invention.”
Until December 15th, they are accepting applications for their three-month WindowShop Residency. Proposals will be accepted from artists, designers, engineers, and other creative professionals who can transform their storefront retail space on Bergen Street in Brooklyn into a studio, workshop, gallery, classroom, and/or store. Residents pay a reduced rent for this premium location and barter instructional time by designing and teaching a workshop in Beam Center’s educational program.
The aim of the WindowShop is to contribute to the professional development of the Resident in terms of creative, commercial, and educational practice. The ideal WindowShop project will actively engage the public, experiment with commercial strategy, and will expose young people in the Beam Center community to the Resident’s professional practice and creative process.
The Resident will occupy a high-visibility storefront in a neighborhood full of galleries, bars, restaurants, and stores, have 24/7 use of the space as a workspace, and have the potential to use the space for exhibits and workshops at nighttime and on weekends. Beam Center will promote WindowShop Residency events through its mailing list and website.
Individuals or groups can apply, and they encourage individual artists to join together to create shared or collaborative residencies. The chosen proposal will enjoy a residency period of February 1, 2014 – May 1, 2014. Past residencies included The Makery, a makerspace for youth and inventors of all ages, RAD Furniture, custom, heirloom quality made to order furniture, and currently L. Nichols, who received her undergrad in mechanical engineering from MIT, and later her masters, from the MIT Media Lab. In her residency, she has been creating a sculpture she terms a “symbiotic organism.”
The application is located here.
Story thanks to HASTAC.