Applications period closing November 30, 5pm!

Capital Fringe is offering four paid artists’ residencies under the theme Down to Earth to provide an outlet for DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists and creatives to create artwork or experiences that examine our ability and fortitude as human beings to tackle the climate emergency and systemic racism. Projects developed through the residency will engage the landscape and wildlife of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, utilizing them for inspiration or as a metaphorical or literal canvas.

Submissions are welcome from DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists. Artists/creatives may apply as individuals or in teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary).  All genres of art and performance are encouraged.

The residency holds a special place in microhistory–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.

Capital Fringe is inviting four cohorts, either solo or teams, to four 13-week residencies in 2021. The seasonal residency schedule will be as follows:

  • Residency I Winter December 21 – March 20
  • Residency II Spring March 21 – June 19
  • Residency III Summer June 21 – September 21
  • Residency IV September 22 – December 21

The residency provides access to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens which encompasses 8.5 acres on the edge of the marsh bordering the east side of the Anacostia River and is located along the curving route of Anacostia Avenue in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants. The unique landscape has been a botanical, educational, and recreational contribution to the region from the Nacotchtank to Colonial settlers to contemporary African American communities. The area around Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has been home to people for more than 4,000 years.

The first week of each seasonal residency will start with an onsite introduction to the park, its history, and staff. The research and production/creation timeline/flow of the residency will be established in the first week. 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.

Each accepted artist or team will receive $10,000–the equivalent of 20 hours of work per week plus materials. Accepted artists or teams are required to visit the park regularly during their residency period to gain inspiration.

Applications are now closed. 

Down to Earth is a creative project partnership between Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a proud partner of the National Parks Service, Caandor Labs, 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 of the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, who is a proud partner of the National Park Service and Capital Fringe.