Dallas, Texas — In coordination with Dallas Arts Month in April 2020 the Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) is pleased to announce a call for artists, arts educators, designers and creatives for the 2020 Artists Micro Residencies Program working with City departments. Applications are open now through Feb. 24, to apply click here.
The residencies are not intended to create art for City departments, but rather to bring different artistic processes and solutions to existing operations, to show that artistic and creative thinking is part of all things. In 2019, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department partnered with artist Iv Amenti to provide high quality and inclusive programs to develop a strategy to connect two of its largest populations, youth and senior citizens
“After noticing increasing concerns from seniors feeling displaced during peak youth program seasons, the department created a city-wide initiative that creatively engaged both audiences,” said Amenti. “We created a senior citizen/youth friendly summer program which provided gentle protocols facilitated by summer camp staff. This allowed socialization, sharing and creating to take place. The idea of merging seniors and youth into a friendly, equitable environment fostered intergenerational connections which are often strained in our modern society. The weekly gatherings offered physical, mental, social and emotional interaction.”
The Dallas Cultural Plan piloted the first-round of the Artist Micro Residencies program in 2018 and the second-round in 2019. By engaging all of Dallas, the Cultural Plan works to generate a shift of perceptions to the public. The Artist Micro Residencies Program continues to encourage communication, one of the six priorities of the Dallas Cultural Plan.
To learn more about the Dallas Cultural Plan click here..