Hatch Art – Hamtramck Disneyland

Name of Residency: Hamtramck Disneyland Residency

Hamtramck Disneyland is a beloved folk art installation created by Dmytro Szylak, a retired auto worker and political refugee from Ukraine. Szylak assembled the sprawling, colorful installation spanning two adjacent properties over several decades before passing away in 2015.

Hatch Art seeks artist-led projects featuring public art such as installations, murals, and performance art that engages the community on the Disneyland site, and within the surrounding diverse community of Hamtramck, MI. Each artist in residence will be required to create a specific artwork as presented in a statement of intent. Artists are encouraged to be creative about how their work engages with the community.

Residency Programme since: 2015
Description of Organisation:

In February, 2006 a diverse group of artists gathered in Hamtramck, MI to plan the founding of an art center. Over the subsequent months, they refined their ideas and formed what was then known as Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective.

United by the shared mission of Education, Expression and Exhibition, the group rapidly gained followers and supporters. Regular meetings were held in community centers, local businesses and artists’ studios.

Since then Hatch achieved 501[c]3 nonprofit status and developed a full calendar of events. Within its first year of existence, Hatch founded the Detroit chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, represented Hamtramck artists at 2 art fairs, and hosted concerts, critiques, educational workshops and more.

Then Hatch purchased the old police station from the City of Hamtramck in 2008. For the next four years, renovations were made, concurrent with fundraising and maintaining a full events schedule. A new roof and central heating system were made possible through grants and crowdsourcing campaigns. Volunteers put in countless hours to help convert the former police station into a space for making and exhibiting art. The Hatch Art Gallery officially opened in April 2012. Upstairs studios became available for rent in July and were full at occupancy by the year’s end. Classroom space was finished March 2013. Work commenced on the shared workspace, gift shop and community darkroom.

Organisation founded in: 2006
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $250 per month
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: We encourage and help support artists in doing open studios/workshops/performances during their stay. We also have a AIR blog that our residents have contributed to and it an excellent time capsule of their time here.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Detroit Metro (DTW)
    Nearest Train Station: Amtrak Station – Woodward Avenue Detroit
    Street & Number: 12087 Klinger Street
    Postal Code: 48212
    City: Hamtramck
    Country long: United-States
    12087 Klinger Street
    Hamtramck 48212 USA
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