Thanks to NextFifty Initiative, Elsewhere Studios is pleased to announce a new project in collaboration with three other Paonia local organizations:
Engaging seniors to prevent isolation addresses and prevents isolation by creating innovative and engaging programming for our aging community. The program will be a collaboration between four Paonia local organizations and will bring weekly activities to the Paonia Senior Center in order to expand their offerings, enrich the quality of life for the senior population, and reinvigorate the community center. The activities will include outlets for creativity, relationship-building, and learning new skills through art projects, movie screenings, game days and movement/ balance classes. We envision a vibrant and energetic center that provides a diverse range of activities and events, becoming an active social hub for not only seniors but for multiple generations to engage within our community.
Each week we will provide a different social, creative, or exercise activity:
-Senior Movies in the Morning hosted by the Paradise Theatre
-Art Programming hosted by Elsewhere Studios
-Movement classes hosted by North Fork Senior Connections
-Game days hosted by North Fork Senior Connections
We are seeking visiting artists with a background of of finding creative and innovating solutions to ensure a thriving community as we all age.
Residencies will be three months long beginning in April 2020 to allow the visiting artist time with our local Senior Center to develop a public art project alongside the community members there. The public art project can be anything: a mural, a garden space, a story-telling project, etc. We are open to any project and are specifically looking for a proposal that showcases how the artist will engage with the older adults of the Senior Center and involve them in the process and execution.
The residency will be fully-funded and each artist will receive a living/ material stipend of $1550. Chosen artists are expected to spend half their time at the residency working on creating relationships and building a project in collaboration with the Senior Center, as well as offering (1) 2-hour art class each month at the Senior Center that will help build skills and interest. The other half of the artists’ time during residence can be spent working on other projects, planning events, researching, or experimenting. We are open to collaborative projects.
We thank NextFifty Initiative for supporting this project.
About NextFifty Initiative:
NextFifty Initiative is a Colorado-based private foundation. The organization exists to create brighter, longer and healthier futures that unlock the potential of communities through an advanced funding approach. Through this work, communities are positioned to fully benefit from the wisdom and diverse experiences of a thriving aging population. Our approach applies a multitude of lenses in funding high-yield aging solutions that benefit people age 50 and older. NextFifty Initiative focuses on funding designed to support concepts, projects and innovations that will benefit generations for years to come. To learn more, please visit next50initiative.org.
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Duration of residency
Private Room, Private Cabin/House, Shared Studio
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
This call is for creatives from any discipline with a desire and background in working with the senior community
Studio / Workspace
The two selected artists will share the main floor studio. There is a small woodworking shop on the property with table saw, chop saw, and a variety of power and hand tools available for artist use. There are performing art spaces available in Paonia that can be contracted for dance and theater. There is also an off-site ceramics co-op for residents to use for an additonal fee. Elsewhere has an Epson 3880 Professional Ink Jet Printer, our local branch library has an Epson Artisan 1430 Printer & and Epson Perfection V600 Photoscanner as well as GoPro Camera’s (for checkout). Our local branch library has a MAC Computer associated with the equipment listed above & they have some software, too, including the Adobe Creative Suite.
Fees and support
3-month funded residency with a material stipend of $1550
Expectations towards the artist
Residents are expected to participate in two events during their residency: a “Meet-n-Greet” at the beginning to introduce themselves and their work to the community, as well as an “Open Studio” at the end to showcase what they accomplished. Artists are also expected to spend half their residency working on creative projects across the street at Paonia Senior center. Artists are also expected to keep a clean living space and post at least one blog post to the website during their stay.