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ArtCenter/South Florida

Art in Public Life
Term: April 1, 2018 – April 1, 2019
Deadline to apply: January 22, 2018, 11:59PM
Notification: February 1, 2018

In Miami Beach, home to ArtCenter/South Florida, sea level rise is not a future concept. It’s an everyday reality that demands attention and solutions from all corners of the city. Flooding, both from rising tides and storms, is a common occurrence, making roads impassable, damaging homes and stressing the island’s infrastructure. The City of Miami Beach is being proactive in addressing sea level rise, investing $500 million dollars to raise roads and install pumps to protect the island and the people who live there. Such a wide-scale problem, however, touches all facets of the city’s social, economic and cultural life. Like many other cities globally, the city of Miami Beach is embarking on creating a resiliency plan that incorporates the voices of residents and experts and will prepare the city to survive, adapt and grow as it faces a warming climate and other 21st century challenges.

ArtCenter’s new Art in Public Life residency is a chance for artists to have a seat at the table, contributing ideas and engaging the public in ways to address these pressing issues. Over a year long period, an artist will be embedded in the City of Miami Beach, helping to develop its resiliency plan. The Artist in Residence will have the opportunity to help address issues from coastal flooding to affordable housing and public transit, among others. Throughout the residency, the selected artist will develop artworks and public programs for and with the community, as well as provide meaningful insights to the city during this critical phase of planning. The results of the residency could have far-reaching impacts, as the work will be shared with other cities around the world facing similar challenges.


Who we’re looking for: The Art in Public Life residency is based on the premise that art can drive social and political innovation. As a result, we are looking for artists interested in interacting with urban communities and the way people in those communities imagine the future in the face of large-scale challenges. In addition, we are looking for candidates who can connect their artistic practice to other fields of knowledge, like architecture, science, public policy and urban planning, in order to create new models for public action.

Eligibility: Because of the length of the residency, this opportunity is only open to U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States, or applicants who are non-U.S. citizens with valid visas to work in the United States. Note: ArtCenter does not provide nor cover fees associated with visas or travel documentation.

What we offer: $25,000 stipend for one-year residency, housing in Miami Beach, and a maximum of $7,500 in production funds. The residency will begin April 1, 2018.

Art in Public Life is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge, which funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.


Miami, Florida: United States


  • Residency Length: One year, April 1, 2018 - April 1, 2019
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: Up to 14
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 8
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: Approx. 100


  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: January 22
  • Additional deadline info:
    The Art in Public Life Residency Program application is available through

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible

Stipends / other support

$25,000 stipend for one-year residency, housing in Miami Beach, and a maximum of $7,500 in production funds.

Additional expectations / opportunities

At the completion of program, access to ArtCenter alumni opportunities including grants and production opportunities

Contact Information

924 Lincoln Road, Suite 205
Miami, Florida 33139
United States