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Antenna Spillways Residency

A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Several spillways surround the city of New Orleans provide important control of flooding from the Mississippi. For Antenna, the Spillways residency is a way of providing the meaningful dispersion of outside thought and practice into the city through the development of creative feats. Spillways hosts national and international artists, writers, and cultural organizers that are interested in developing projects within the greater New Orleans region, and whose efforts question, transform, or expand the vibrant visual and literary culture of the area. At least four participants are chosen each year as residents to develop ambitious projects that aim for thoughtful public impact and engagement within the greater New Orleans region.


New Orleans, Louisiana: United States


  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    -Open to visual artists, writers, collectives, or long-term collaborative projects.
    -For artists: you must have a desire to develop work outside of a traditional studio model.
    -For writers: you must have an interest in developing written works that require extended time within a self-defined local community.
    -Applicants must be working in their field of expertise for at least 5 years.
    -Must live outside of the greater New Orleans area.
    -Cannot currently be a student enrolled in post-secondary or graduate-level programs

  • Application deadline: October 04
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

“Working with Press Street [now Antenna] was Integral to the success of the project, due to both the well of insight they have, and assistance they were always on hand to generously offer. The deep network of positive, hardworking, people there were always near for problem solving and logistics, and were a constant resource in the realization of the innovative interactive app."
— Director of Strachan’s Studio, Christophe Thompson

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible

Residency Fees

No fee.

Stipends / other support

Residents will be awarded paid travel to and from New Orleans, an initial two week stay in Antenna's residency space, a $1000 Honorarium, and introductions to local stakeholders in their areas of interest. Spillways focuses on process over production, so in these initial immersive two weeks, residents are encouraged to come with an open mind and let their ideas adapt to what they’ve learn. Each resident’s experience will be built to spark projects that react in unique and interesting ways to the cultural fabric of the city.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Once Residents finish their initial visit they will have up to three months to develop a proposal for a larger project within the city. Antenna encourages ambitious project proposals that aim for thoughtful public impact or engagement, which must include a significant educational outreach component. This could range from visits to local schools, free community workshops, public lectures, or other programs that help the public to better understand your creative process. Once a proposal is received, the Antenna team works immediately assessing feasibility and tailoring its approach based on the needs of the project, including funding and materials required. Not every project proposal will be accepted, though if it is then your project will have a budget of at least $5000, and will have the full support of Antenna staff to assist at every step to help bring it to life. Despite ultimately being the Resident’s project, the process is inherently collaborative and with a decade of experience working in the region, Antenna utilizes its vast local network to assist with many aspects of a project.

Contact Information

3718 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
United States