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Best Practices Guides

The following "Best Practices At A Glance" series includes peer-driven content, lessons learned, and practical how-to advice from residency programs around the world. "Best Practices At A Glance" is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

From the Alliance of Artists Communities

Artist Collectives and the Changing Landscape of Residencies
Artist-in-Residence Selection

Artists Residencies: Facilities Planning
Artist Residencies in Industry
Dual Citizenship: Artists Residencies in the US and Abroad
Serving Emerging Artists
The Impact of Artist Residencies
Nonprofit Lifestages and Why They Matter
Social-Practice Residencies

From our partners

ISLAND: A Sense of Place
Kresge Foundation: A Guide to Building Reserves
NEA: Working with the Media
Americans for the Arts: Building Partnerships
freeDimensional: Art Spaces Hosting Activism



Artist-in-Residence Selection

The Alliance of Artists Communities, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, compiled this report to examine the application and selection process of artist residency programs, with examples from a range of organizations. What’s unique about your program and/or your community that makes it better suited to particular artists? There is no right way to manage selection – decide first who you want to serve and then design a process that will get you there.

project manager:
Alix Refshauge

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Artists Residencies: Facilities Planning

This report includes snapshots of considerations for facilities planning, from some of the field's most respected leaders. Features include:

  • Capital Campaigns: Residency Director’s Perspectives
  • Planning New Space: An Architect’s Perspective
  • Renovating Space: An Architect’s Perspective
  • Renovating Space: A Residency Director’s Perspective

project manager:
Alix Refshauge

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Artist Residencies in Industry

Within the burgeoning field of artist residencies, new models for serving artists are being developed and refined. While a large percentage of residencies are incorporated as non-profit entities, there is a growing cadre of programs that choose to operate under a different business structure – such as programs that are created, embedded, and operated within a commercial venture.
This report features three such programs: Bullseye Glass’ Factory – Artist Exchange Program, the Pfister Hotel’s Artist-in- Residence Program, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry Residency Program.

project manager:
Adam Short

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Serving Emerging Artists

Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and the Alliance of Artists Communities, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, conducted several surveys and interviews in early 2012 focused on the needs of emerging artists through residency programs and other services. This report offers an analysis of this research, along with a case study of Arrowmont's residency program for emerging artists. The report is part of the Alliance of Artists Communities' "Best Practices At A Glance" series, documenting the management practices of artist residency programs.

project manager:
Alix Refshauge

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Nonprofit Lifestages and Why They Matter

Developed by Paula Manley for the Alliance of Artists Communties' Leadership Institute, this report explores the theory of nonprofit lifestages and how to evolve a nonprofit organization thoughtfully and sustainably. This report takes the best practices of lifestages theory and focuses it for arts nonprofits small and large.

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