Downtown Hilo Art Residency Program (ARP)
The project would award residencies ranging from four (4) to sixteen (16) weeks to support international visiting visual artists, musicians, performers, and writers in the development of new work.
The Art Residency Program – Invited Scholars (ARP-IS) would be provided with support in exchange for community engagement that would be organized through the sponsoring University of Hawaii Hilo department program.
Community engagements might range from a free public lecture or presentation at the East Hawaii Cultural Center or Hilo Palace Theater. Outreach would specifically target the Department of Education in order to encourage/inspire/nurture interest from the elementary level upward in Culture and the Arts.
First priority of the project will be to provide research space for ARP-IS scholars; second priory will be to support ARP-Retreat (ARP-R) applicants.
The cost for ARP-R will be established at a rate that will allow the program to become a sustainable enhancement to the local economy.
The ‘Our Downtown Hilo’ campaign would help to target the development of underutilized properties within the EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 impact zone; Downtown Hilo, and immediate surrounding areas that could be transformed into housing and studio work spaces, appropriately scaled and equipped to handle a range of studio, writing and performance art projects. This project will strengthen the University’s ties with Downtown Hilo by enhancing education, culture, and art opportunities in Downtown Hilo.
To help initiate this project, we would like to apply for the National Endowment for the Arts OUR TOWN grant. The deadline to submit is March 1, 2012.
What kind of artist work space does Hilo need the most? Artist work spaces differ according to an artists’ discipline. For example, sculptors need ground level space with concrete floors; musicians need a sound proof room; and writers need quiet work spaces. In general, a simple open 2nd floor space 1200 sq. ft. with high ceilings, north light, with access to running water, and the internet might provide optimal opportunity for studio development that could service a range of creative research work.
Do you know of any vacant or underutilized buildings in Downtown Hilo which could be designed and converted into work spaces for visiting artists within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and entertainment?
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EDH 2025 Primary Focus Area: Enhancing Education, Culture, and the Arts
Secondary Focus Area: Creating Economic Vitality