Q: What kind of support does the Public Art Futures Lab offer to residents?
A: Stipend: $5000 (A&E Atlanta Residency) or $8000 (MARTA Artbound Residency)
Location: Dedicated access and use of the Public Art Futures Lab studio space at Underground Atlanta
Equipment available for use:
- Gaming PC and iMac
- Microsoft Surface Hub S1 55”
- MIDI pad controller
- 2 x Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector
- 1 x Optoma GT1090HDR Projector
- Projector mounting equipment and peripherals
- Wacom Cintiq Pro 16
- CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4
- 22 x Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets
- 22 x headphones
- Cell Phones
- Computer monitor screens
- 3D printer - Dremel 3D Digilab 3D45 Printer
- Clay 3D printer
- Access to Adobe Creative Cloud
- The Fulton County ArtVan (subject to vehicle and staff availability)
Opportunities and a platform to share work, research, and connect with the Atlanta arts community.
Access to additional space, technical experts, training, and equipment through our various partners.
Q: How long is the residency?
A: 14 weeks
Q: How many residencies are offered per year?
A: Currently, three residencies - 1 x MARTA Artbound and 2 x A&E Atlanta
Q: What is the application timeframe and when are the residencies?
Jan 27, 2023 - Open applications to the Public Art Futures Lab AiR Program
Feb 24, 2023 - AiR Program applications close
Week of Mar 20, 2023 – Announce 2023 residents
Apr 24 - Jul 28, 2023 - AiR Residency Session 1
Jun 26 to Sep 29, 2023 - AiR Residency Session 2
Aug 28 to Dec 1, 2023 - AiR Residency Session 3
Q: I'm interested in the MARTA Artbound Residency only, which residency period do I apply for?
A: The period that most suits your availability. The residency theme and residency period will be determined during the selection process and will take into consideration your timing preference and the Residency Partner's preference.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements?
A: Residencies are open to artists of all disciplines who live or work in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area which includes Fulton, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties. Applicants that do not live or work in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area that can demonstrate a deep connection to Atlanta are also eligible to apply.
Q: What am I committing to?
A: Residents are expected to:
- Complete the objectives and desired outcomes of the Residency Brief
- Be present in the studio for a mutually agreed number of hours per week.
- Provide a simple written evaluation and summary of the residency, including images documenting the process, which the County and partners may use for marketing and reporting purposes, within 30 days of the residency ending.
- Participate in video interviews and filming that documents the residency journey for marketing purposes by the County and partners.
- Participate in networking and artistic events hosted by the Lab and support efforts to build relationships with the arts and Fulton County community.
- All residents are required to participate in one Lab event showcasing their work towards the end of their residency; residents are also encouraged to host one educational workshop related to their project.
- Participate in regular studio check-ins with the Lab partners.
Q: What do assessors focus on during assessment?
A: Your application will be scored based on the following weighted criteria:
30 points - Originality and innovation of the response to the Residency Brief
15 points - The type and extent to which technology is incorporated into the artist's project
15 points - The viability of the project in relation to the scope of the residency, budget, and the project's achievability
15 points - Alignment with the Public Art Futures Lab goals and values
10 points - The potential impact of the artist's project on Fulton County residents and the broader arts community
10 points - The artist's familiarity with their proposed area of inquiry.
10 points - The artist's professional track record, defined as prior quality professional work
Q: What formats do you accept for response to the Residency Brief?
A: Applicants can respond to the Residency Brief in writing or through a video recording of no more than five minutes.
Q: None of these dates work with my schedule; will there be other opportunities to apply?
Q: Can I apply with other people as a collaboration?
A: Yes, but please apply as one application
A: Yes; applications for the 2024 residency cycle will open in Q1 2024.
Q: If I apply this year but am not selected, can I apply again?
A: Yes, you can apply for the next cycle of residencies in 2024.
Q: What level of skill in a particular technology (software/hardware) is required?
A: Artists applying for the residency should have a foundational knowledge of the hardware/software they plan to utilize as part of their residency, once selected, we expect the artist to be self-motivated to learn and address any knowledge gaps with assistance from our partners and online resources.
Q: I’m a new artist with limited past experience; can I still apply?
A: Yes, this residency is open to both emerging and established artists.
Q: I was a PAFL artist-in-residence last year, can I apply again?
A: Prior artists-in-residence must wait one calendar year before applying again, e.g. an artist who was a resident in 2022 is eligible to apply in 2024.