Down to Earth

Seasonal Artist Residency at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (DC)

Open application period ending November, 30 5pm

Click for the application form: Down to Earth Application


๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜?
Capital Fringe, in partnership with Caandor Labs and the Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a proud partner of the National Park Service is offering a four seasonal residency with the theme โ€œDown to Earth” to provide an outlet for creative expression for DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists and creatives to create artwork and/or experiences that examine our ability and fortitude as human beings to tackle the climate emergency and systemic racism. Down to Earth is a project-based residency; no housing, studio, or rehearsal space is provided through the residency.

Projects developed through the residency periods will engage the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens’ landscape and wildlife, utilizing them for inspiration or as a metaphorical or literal canvas.

The residency holds a special place in micro-history–a study of the overlooked detail where the starting point can be a place, an event, a group of people, or an individual that may completely illuminate and stretch our collective bounds human agency and art practices/expression.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ?
Capital Fringe is inviting four artists and/or collectives to a 13-week residency in 2021.
Residency I Winter December 21 โ€“ March 20
Residency II Spring March 21 โ€“ June 19
Residency III Summer June 21 โ€“ September 21
Residency IV September 22 โ€“ December 21.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?
The first week of each seasonal residency will start with an onsite introduction to the park, its history, and staff. The research, creation/production timeline/flow of the residency will be established in the first week. Additionally, Fringe will work with each artist to set up their project budget. Each residency period will be thoroughly followed, documented, and the work created will eventually be presented in a seasonal online zine in partnership with Caandor Labs.

Proposed project ideas must be based on something that has yet to be created or fully expressed by the individual artists or collective. Yes, you may be basing your project idea on your past work but what we are looking for needs to be born from this moment in human history, using the park and its landscape and wildlife as a base for what will be created.

Each seasonal residency project must be created and fully executed during the 13 weeks. The individual artist or collective shall own all rights to their work.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—น๐˜†?
Application submissions are welcome from DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents. Artists/creatives may apply as individuals or as a collective (disciplinary or interdisciplinary). All art practices are welcome and encouraged.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜?
Each individual artist and/or collective will receive $10,000. The timeline for payments will be set up in the first two weeks of the 13-week residency period. Fringe will work with each artist or cohort to ensure that each project budget is at a minimum utilizing 25% of the residency fee as an honorarium.

๐—” ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€.

+ The application will close Monday, November 30 at 5pm EST
+ Prepare your application! View a Screenshot version of the Application/Questions. View here.
+ Capital Fringe accepts online submissions ONLY.
+ One submission is acceptable from individuals and/or collectives.
+ Applications will not be considered complete unless they are filled out fully and correctly. No TBA or TBD projects can be considered or accepted.
+ If you are proposing to do in-person or virtual activities/experiences as part of your project idea. Please note that social distancing will be observed and there are no cash sales in the park.
+ The artist(s) retains all rights to their work created as part of the Down to Earth residency.

If you have questions during the application period. Julianne will be holding virtual office hours Wednesday through Friday 2 pm โ€“ 4 pm. You can sign up for a 15-minute slot here:

Down to Earthย is a creative project partnership betweenย Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens,ย a proud partner of the National Parks Service,ย Caandor Labs,ย and Capital Fringe

Down to Earth is generously supported by:
Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, Nora Roberts Foundation, Share Fund and individual donors ofย the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, who is a proud partner of the National Park Serviceย and Capital Fringe.