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Sarah Gerard Exhibition December 2016
Hollis & Lana workshop with youth
Studio used by Resident Homare Ikeda
Resident Tei Koyayshi


Description: PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work. Our goal is to strengthen individual practice through collaboration and community engagement. Our residencies are designed to celebrate creativity and foster and challenge artists to incorporate a bit of social practice, or social narrative into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expansive thinking about what art is and can be.

While artists share their creative process and work with youth, PlatteForum gives guidance and ongoing support throughout each artist residency and beyond. Such support generates dialogue with the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate.

Preference will be given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social and ecological issues. In doing this we hope to provoke dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations.

Apply now.

For more information about PlatteForum's residency.


Denver, Colorado: United States

PlatteForum is located in a residential and mixed-use neighborhood in the Four Points/Curtis Park community that is growing onto a vibrant arts center that prides itself on preserving and solidifying community partnerships. PlatteForum is surrounded by Redline, Wonderbound, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, thriving restaurants, schools and in easy access of buses and Light Rail.


  • Residency Length: 6-8 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 5
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 75


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The Artist Residency program is open to artists in all genres. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. We encourage local, national, and international artists to apply. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways for interacting with the public as articulated in the application are important criteria in the selection process. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. There is a three-year waiting period for former residents (for example, an Artust Resident from the 2012-13 season is not eligible to apply until the 2015-16 season). Resident artists are asked to donate a piece of art that will be auctioned by PlatteForum to support the residency program.An interdisciplinary selection committee will consider applications for the residencies. Care will be given to selecting artists who represent a variety of genres, experiences, and ideas.

  • Application deadline: April 29
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:

Past Residents & Quotes

PlatteForum gave me the resources and support to achieve a creative and professional breakthrough. My time in residence fundamentally altered how I perceive myself as an artist. I feel more confident, more empowered, and more certain than ever that I’m pursuing an essential path.
— Andrea Moore, Creative Resident 2011
The experience at PlatteForum was more than anything I could have imagined. It is like a Mecca of positive energies, where art serves as a model for learning and sharing joy.
— Abigail Kokai, Artist in Residence 2011

Facilities & Services

  • Housing:
    Guest housing in the community will be provided.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Kitchen is available for artists' use.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Public areas and studios are wheelchair accessible.
  • Additional studio information: 
    PlatteForum has recently moved into a 4700 sq ft facility in a late 19th century temple that is being remodeled into a community arts center called Temple Arts Denver.

Residency Fees

Application fee: $35. No fee for residency program.

Stipends / other support

PlatteForum provides facility, stipend ($250/week) to help defray artist expenses, staff support, program administration, workshop support, youth workshop supplies, opening event, press releases, printed invitations. Guest housing in the neighborhood is provided for out of town residents.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Each resident is asked to lead a series of creative workshops (Learning Labs) with a group of under-resourced youth that requires a 4-6 hours per week with the artist. These workshops are designed in collaboration with PlatteForum staff and supported by staff and volunteers. The residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the resident artist and the youth are presented in a performance, exhibition or artist talk, seminar, tailored for the artist and their work. Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only five slots awarded each year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists for only five available slots in the Artist Residency program each season.

Contact Information

2400 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado 80205
United States