FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Zócalo AiR welcomes emerging to established regional and national individual artists & collaborations who have a strong interest in developing or deepening a community-based creative practice.
- Be at least 21 years old or older
- Be a U.S. based artist or artist collaboration (We are unable to sponsor visas for international artists at this time.)
- Be able to pass a criminal background screening in compliance with Zócalo Apartments housing guidelines;
- Be fully committed and available to live in the provided housing throughout the duration of the residency term.
The ideal candidates for this program are open-minded, multifaceted, progressive artists who are self-directed, motivated, and passionate about creating new work and engaging community throughout that process. They are excited about interacting with the Zócalo and Spring Branch community and working closely with fellow residents and staff. This residency is an opportunity for visual artists and interdisciplinary creatives to make a difference through their craft.
Zócalo AiR warmly welcomes all eligible persons regardless of race, sex, color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
If you have questions about our eligibility criteria, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our residencies are offered free of charge to awarded residents. The awards for all residencies include fully-funded housing in a private apartment studio, paid utilities, a $250 monthly stipend, and access to all of our community amenities including on-site pool, gym, clubhouse coffee bar, laundry facilities, free weekly fitness classes, a yoga studio, dog park, valet trash service, & easy access to public transportation.
• The one-year artist-resident will reside in an 867 sqft. two-bedroom / one-bathroom apartment which includes basic kitchen supplies, linens, in-unit laundry, and furniture upon request.
• The 6-month artist-resident will reside in a 713 sqft. one-bedroom / one-bathroom apartment which includes basic kitchen supplies, linens, and furniture upon request.
Please know it is required for artist-residents to live in the housing provided throughout the entire duration of the residency. Fully furnished apartments (as pictured below) can be requested if needed.
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Great looking living room with high-end stucco textured walls, brand new baseboards and new outlets for a choice of high-speed cable or fiber access.
The galley kitchen has everything you need including stainless steel spotlights to highlight the apartment's designer finishes and easy clean faux wood flooring.
Ample dining area off kitchen, perfect for a delicious meal, a place to study or work from home in a fresh, tranquil environment. New white ceiling fan with light.
Big comfortable, relaxing bedrooms with plush carpet, high-end stucco textured walls, all new baseboards and a large closet.
Zócalo's colorful exteriors are a wonderful background to the lush landscaping found near the Zócalo's clubhouse and throughout the property.
Sunset view of Zócalo's on-site resort-style pool and central recreational area.
Our community clubhouse balcony where we love to relax and look out over the pool and recreational area. A great place to meet neighbors while having a fresh cup of coffee.
The following expenses are not covered by the residency:
Food, Materials, Personal Items (toiletries etc.)
Moving Expenses: Residents are responsible for the cost of travel and moving to/from Zócalo. We currently do not offer moving stipends, nor can we act as a fiscal sponsor to residents at this time. We are actively working towards fiscal sponsorship and the ability to provide moving expense assistance to our residents in the future. If additional funds are needed, we suggest incoming residents apply for local and/or regional grants and/or initiate a crowdfunding campaign to support their financial needs. Zócalo will provide an official award letter, upon request, to assist residents in their fundraising endeavors.
Renters Insurance (Required for all Residents): In compliance with Zócalo's housing guidelines, Zócalo AiR requires all residents to carry a minimum of $100,000 Personal Liability Insurance coverage throughout the entire term of their residency. Policies are available for purchase on the market for as low as $11 per month. Residents will be required to provide evidence of insurance coverage prior to move-in.
WiFi: At this time artists are responsible for the cost of Wifi from their preferred provider. This allows artists to have full control over the service to best suit their individual technological needs. We look forward to the day we can add WiFi to our list of included offerings in the future.
Artists are invited and expected to fully commit to the program by establishing a presence at Zócalo and engaging the public with their work throughout the duration of the residency term. This is a long term process-based residency that allows for experimentation and flexibility, therefore no specific quotas are in place. However, artists are expected to develop a project or series of projects that can be completed within the residency term.
Our expectations can be summarized by the following items:
- Continued Presence & Engagement (for the duration of your residency)
- Adherence to Zócalo’s Code of Conduct (for the duration of your residency)
- Attendance at Group Orientation, Welcome and Farewell Parties
- Mandatory quarterly review meetings with Program Director (every three months)
This residency is about stepping out of a comfort zone into a new context, pushing oneself to explore and experiment, therefore artists are expected to bring a sense of openness, vulnerability, and energy to this residency.
In return, artists can expect to be provided housing in a clean, safe, and comfortable environment in addition to being fully supported, cared for, and treated with respect and dignity within our community and by our staff.
Artists can apply here on our website through SlideRoom starting September 1st, 2020. The deadline to apply is October 26th, 2020 11:59 pm. No applications will be accepted before or after this timeframe.
In response to COVID-19 and the unprecedented economic impact it has had on the arts sector, application fees for the 2021-2022 have been waived and it is free to apply.
Required Application Materials
- General Contact Information
- Artist Bio
- Artist Statement
- CV/ Resume
- 60 Second “About Me” Video
- A headshot & up to 10 digital work samples (which may be any combination of still images, video, audio, and writing)
- Five Short Answer Statements
- Additional Questionnaire
Collaborator applicants: Collaborations are between two people. Preference is given to collaborators with a history of successfully working together, but new Collaborations will be considered. Only one application is required per Collaboration and applications must reflect the work of both members.
Before applying, we ask all applicants to consider their own cultural sensitivity, privileges, emotional intelligence, and the ways in which they will personally contribute to and benefit from engaging in this environment.
Applications for the 2021-2022 season will open on September 1st and close October 26th at 11:59pm.
Yes, our Program Director will host two online information sessions on the following dates:
Session #1: Tuesday, September 15th 6-7pm (cst)
Session #2: Thursday, October 8th - 6-7pm (cst)
These sessions will be hosted on Zoom and recorded for publication on Vimeo & our social media sites for reference in the case you are unable to attend. Registration is required.
Once the application period closes, our expert panel of judges will review each application and shortlist artists who meet all preliminary criteria. The selection criteria includes:
- Quality & Artistic Merit of Work Samples
- Innovation/Originality of Artist's Work/ Use of Medium & Materials
- Demonstrated Ability to Engage with Community
- Scope & Potential Impact of Artist's Work within our Community
Next, shortlisted artists will be required to undergo a background screening before moving forward in the final selection round. Finalists and all applying artists will then be notified by December 16th, 2020.
We celebrate how approaches to community-engaged art-making can be as varied as urban interventions, guerrilla architecture, curatorial work, public art, project-based community practice, interactive/innovative media, and performance. Artists who are interested in applying are encouraged to think about how their practice can interact and collaborate with community members and neighborhood public spaces in order to effectively engage our culturally diverse audiences and stimulate social transformation and community building.
Can I host an exhibition, performance, workshop, or event of some kind while in residence at Zócalo?
Absolutely. We are committed to supporting our residents’ creative experimentation, professional growth, and public engagement with our community by offering free spaces to host events and free marketing of these events to help foster interest and attendance of events. In order to best execute these kinds of events, we require residents to submit proposals for consideration by the Program Director at least three weeks in advance of the proposed event. The Program Director will evaluate proposals and help residents navigate project developments.
Yes! We love pets & families. Artist-Residents are allowed to live with pets and family members following Texas occupancy law and Zocalo Apartment Community Guidelines:
Children, spouses, family members, and roommates are welcomed with some restrictions. The maximum number of residents permitted to dwell in an apartment may not exceed two (2) persons per bedroom plus a child under the age of 24 months.
1-Year Residency: limits occupants to 4 persons & one child under 24 months.
6-Month Residency: limits occupants to 2 persons & one child under 24 months.
The individuals you choose to live with are not required to be relatives. They can be any individual you choose to room with as long as any person over the age of 18 is able to pass a criminal background screening and comply with all Community Guidelines.
PETS: We love pets! Only dogs, cats, fish, and birds are permitted. No more than 2 pets of any kind are permitted per apartment. Dog breed restrictions apply. ESA and service animals are not considered pets and do not apply to breed or pet restrictions. Please email us for breed restriction specifics.
Yes, an important aspect of this residency is about community immersion. Living on campus gives artists an opportunity to be a part of the community as opposed to being a guest simply popping in.
We are seeking artists who will enjoy and benefit from living rent-free. Artist-residents who are selected and accept the residency will be required to live on campus throughout the entire duration of the residency term. The apartments are non-transferrable and cannot be sublet or rented out.
Site visits are welcome and encouraged. To schedule a time to visit Zócalo and speak with our Program Director, please email email@example.com to set up a date.