Little Tokyo Service Center + LAB Artist Residency Program
Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation
231 E. Third St., Suite G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Entry Deadline: 1/15/18
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (Little Tokyo Service Center + LAB Artist Residency Program): $15.00
Little Tokyo Service Center
Event Dates: 5/1/18-7/30/18
Entry Fee: $15.00
Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation in Los Angeles, California, presents the +LAB Artist Residency Program, which seeks 4 artists for a three-month community based residency May 1 through July 31, 2018. Selected California based artists (including at least one artist from the Little Tokyo community) from multiple disciplines will collaborate with local arts organizations to create artworks and projects promoting community engagement and creative place making strategies around the broad theme of “Community Control and Self Determination.” This might include: addressing issues of affordable housing and homelessness; building bridges across cultural, generational, and/or linguistic divides; devising artistic strategies to connect Little Tokyo with other communities of color; enhancing the safety and security of local residents; fostering community-wide conversations about the future development of the neighborhood; promoting a healthy and sustainable small business economy; or reclaiming city-owned land that has historically formed part of Little Tokyo.
In its 133-year history Little Tokyo has withstood numerous acts of displacement including the forced removal and incarceration of people of Japanese descent during World War II and the demolition of whole tracts of housing, businesses, churches, and temples that occurred during the city’s urban renewal and civic center expansion of the 1950s through 1970s. Today, what remains of Little Tokyo is roughly nine square blocks. The latest threat to the cultural and historic identity of Little Tokyo comes in the form of the market rate housing boom in Downtown LA, which is making the neighborhood less accessible to individuals and families of all incomes. Commercial rents have also risen, forcing out longtime small business owners.
Throughout its history, Little Tokyo and its stakeholders have struggled to define their community, based on core values such as equality, justice, sustainability, and self-determination. Arts and culture has always been an integral part of this movement.
Through this residency, Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) seeks to further explore and deepen the relationship between arts and the pursuit of self-determination. To be fully immersed in Little Tokyo, participants will be embedded in local community organizations and will live at the historic Daimaru hotel—a single room occupancy hotel that is an important piece of Little Tokyo’s legacy. Artists in this program will have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to Little Tokyo’s fight for self-determination while also spending three months deepening their own community practice.
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The selected visiting artists will be hosted by local arts organizations that will provide staff support, studio and workspace. Participating organizations are the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, Sustainable Little Tokyo, and Visual Communications. The residency is designed to be an immersive experience in the Little Tokyo community. All of the artists will live at the Daimaru Hotel with a private or shared bath, shared kitchen, and many restaurants nearby. The +LAB Artist Residency will be a supportive cohort of the selected four artists in residence who will meet regularly with each other along with the collaborating organizations to research, conceptualize and manifest projects around the overarching theme of “Community Control and Self Determination.”
Little Tokyo Service Center seeks artists whose creative practice reflects a desire to work collaboratively or within a community context; reflects an awareness of culture, socio-economic and political paradigms; has a demonstrated interest in subject matter addressing either the history of Japanese American communities or other communities of color; and is willing to be engaged with the residency program through their art making disciplines including: social and civic practice; sculpture and installation; visual art; photography, video or media; design; creative writing; movement and dance; music or performance traditions.
Artist Status: CV should demonstrate working professionally for at least five years
Application Type: Open application
Geography: California based artists only
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Facilities and Services:
Residency Application Fee
Artists who are interested in this residency will submit an application to the +LAB Artist Residency in a competitive selection process. A panel of professionals from the Little Tokyo community and the program’s partner organizations will be responsible for the selection of artists. Decisions will be made on the work samples, as well as the applicant’s responses to the application questions, previous experience in community work, motivation to learn and participate in Little Tokyo, and clarity of the artist statement.
Finalists will have Skype interviews with the selection panel, providing an opportunity for them to share their work and ideas, and to ask questions of the panel. Following the interviews and final panel deliberations the selected artists will be notified by phone and written correspondence.
The Little Tokyo Service Center reserves the right to change and/or modify this program at any time in response to experience gained from its operation, and input from panelists, evaluators, external evaluations, artist award recipients and the community.