Location: Syracuse, NY

Mission: In 2013 the Near Westside Initiative (NWSI), a not for profit with the mission of revitalizing the Near Westside of Syracuse, was funded by ArtPlace, a national foundation focused on Creative Placemaking, to transform a once vacant restaurant/bar into a hub for artists and creative individuals. Over the past year, the building has been transformed into SALTQuarters, a 4,000 square foot building, with two apartments, three art studios, and a gallery space. The building is located at the corner of the Otisco and Wyoming streets, a critical intersection in the neighborhood where residential meets commercial. In addition to the building, SALTQuarters has a large area of green space to be used for events, exhibitions, and large fabrication.

Cost: The local artist will be given a $15,000 stipend for the year and the national artist will be given a stipend commensurate with their length of stay (range from $7,500 to $15,000).

Application Fee: No application fee

Number of Artists: Up to two at a time, one local and one national

Length of Stay: Local: Up to 1 year & National: Up to 6 Months

Accommodations: The two artists will be asked to share an apartment and share an arts studio (free of charge).  The apartment, roughly 1000 sq ft, has two-bedrooms, a spacious kitchen/living room area, a washer and dryer, and other general amenities.  The art studio is roughly 500 square feet with ample natural light, power, and access to water, etc.

Demographic/Medium: The NWSI is seeking artists with a particular interest in community-based artwork (broadly defined) for the SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence program.

Specifically, the NWSI will give preference to artists with an interest in: Being immersed and involved with the surrounding community for the duration of the residency; Creating work in conjunction with local community members and other artists and arts organizations; Creating work and installations that can be viewed by the general public whether through open studio hours, public art installations, or periodic gallery installations

The SALTQuarters Artist-in-Residence program will begin July 1, 2014 and will be a yearlong residency for a local artist. Local will be defined as any artist living/working in the Central New York region.

601 Tully and SALTQuarters have created a partnership in forming a residency for a national artist, that fulfills the goals of both entities in community engaged art practices. The selected local artist will live with a national artist selected by 601 Tully’s Center for Engaged Art and Research for a 6-month residency.

Benefits: The NWSI and 601 Tully will assist the selected artists in integrating with the community and building the connections between themselves and the residents, organizations, artists, and others in the Near Westside community. For example:

Neighborhood orientation upon arrival to SALTQuarters. The NWSI and 601 Tully’s connection with Syracuse University will allow for SALTQuarters artists to make use of some of the Universities resources, i.e. facilities, equipment and events. Resource guide for community and arts related services, materials and facilities in the area. Quarterly artists mixers co-hosted with the SALTQuarters Artists in Residence.

Deadline: 2015 TBA

Artists who successfully submit a full application will be notified of our selection by the middle of April 2014 regarding this exciting opportunity.  In some cases, artists may be asked to clarify or provide additional information.  Additionally, the selection committee may request an interview with final candidates.  This will either be done in person, or if unable due to distance or cost, may be done via Skype.

Acceptance Rate: n/a





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