Though there are plenty of stories of Chicago artists who’ve moved to New York or Los Angeles for their careers, there are plenty who have stayed in (or returned to) Chicago and are glad about it. There are also A LOT of artists, writers, and performers who would like to make work in Chicago – a metropolis with the warmth of a town. Transit feels that the best way to know about the arts in any city is to become part of the arts in that city. We partner with existing studios and facilities around Chicago, to enable our resident artists to have the chance not just to make new work, but to become part of Chicago’s vibrant arts community, even if only temporarily.
Transit’s Inbound program invites visual artists, writers, musicians / sound artists, performance artists, and choreographers/dancers who are from outside Chicago and would like the opportunity to work on a new body of work in Chicago, to apply for appropriate programs. We are constantly working to expand our network of studios and partnerships with Chicago facilities to suit our resident artists’ creative needs; please don’t be shy if you would require access to something not mentioned on our site – we’re pretty resourceful, so we may be able to arrange it – it’s worth asking, at least.
Transit provides each resident artist with studio space/access and equipment access — based on agreements with respective studios and facilities. Transit aims to cover agreed upon costs, which may include studio time/access, housing, and/or a modest stipend for each project/artist; the resources and funds available will determine how much Transit can offer per residency.
Each resident artist is expected to give back to the community during their residency. This might be a reading, a performance, a workshop, or lecture in conjunction with a gallery exhibition showcasing the work they accomplished during their time at Transit. Artists-in-Residence in our Inbound programs are also encouraged to keep some sort of journal during their residency, in preparation for their Guest Blog Post on our web site.
TRANSIT is excited to announce our 2017 Inbound program with CHIPRC — call for applications shall be released in January/February, awardee will be notified in April, for a 2-week residency to take place May 28-June 11 (CAKE takes place June 10 & 11), 2017. STAY TUNED!
Our WILD CARD program takes place in October, so our call for applications will happen some time in the summer 2017; AiR selected will be notified in August.
Applicants interested in offering their personal spaces (homes/studios) as a possible exchange should contact Meredith to give and get details. We are more than willing to try to match Inbound and Outbound homes and studios, with the hope this would allow us to offer a larger stipend (to help cover travel costs, for example) to those artists. Please keep in mind this part of our program is still very much under development, as we look into insurance issues, and ways to ensure the safety/protection of both our artists and their homes/studios.
Interested in knowing about our current residency partnerships? Check them out.