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Popps Packing Fall/Winter Residency

Popps Packing is a "laboratory for artists" - a grassroots neighborhood arts organization founded in 2009. Our mission is to create impactful arts programming and foster cultural exchange between local and international artist communities, while leveraging the unique features of our region, neighborhood, and personal practices.

Popps Packing offers residencies for emerging and mid-career artists interested in an immersive experience in Hamtramck and Detroit. Residencies are usually for 1-2 months.
Available Residency Programs for the Fall/ Winter 2018/19 are Popps Studio Residency and Guest House Residency and the SUSTAINABLE ARTS FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP/ Momm and Popp Residency For Parent Artists (September).

-POPPS STUDIO RESIDENCY is for or emerging and mid career visual artists with a studio based practice. Artists are provided a private room in a shared live/work environment. Popps founders and directors live above the residency space with their 2 children, 2 dogs and a cat. The first floor gallery, residency space (except private bedrooms)and workshop are communal spaces used by Popps’ extended family of neighboring artists and residents. In addition to the housing, studios and facilities offered here at Popps, we also connect residents to our large network of local artists, resources, and organizational and institutional partners through informal gatherings, open studios, exhibitions and performances. Artists are encourage to host some sort of public offering to our community.

POPPS GUEST HOUSE RESIDENCY is for artists who don’t necessarily need studio space (project, research, digital, film, etc.). The gust house is single family 2 bedroom home across the street form Popps HQ. Artists participating in the Guest House residency are provided a private bedroom with shared kitchen and bath. NOTE: the bathroom has an out-shower. STUDIO SPACE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR GUEST HOUSE RESIDENTS, BUT THERE IS A SMALL CLEAN BASEMENT AND PLENTY OF OUTDOOR, OPEN AIR SPACES.

one, 1 month (September)residency to a parent artist with stipend, travel, childcare support and a residency intern.

With 3 structures and 7 lots our facilities offer artists many different environments to work in. In addition to the communal studios, we offer the various structures, gardens and empty lots around the Popps compound as sites for exploration. The abundance of land, raw materials and structures around Popps give artists many opportunities to realize ambitious site specific projects that could not be accomplished in a traditional studio environment.


Hamtramck and Detroit, Michigan: United States

Popps Packing is nestled in a neighborhood along the northern Hamtramck / Detroit border. Hamtramck is a dense, 2.1 square mile, culturally diverse city within a city, almost entirely surrounded by Detroit. Hamtramck was originally settled by German farmers, followed by a flood of Polish immigrants in the early part of the 20th century. Over the past thirty years a large number of immigrants (Yemeni, Bengali, Armenian, Macedonian, Turkish, and Ukranian to name a few) have continued to move to Hamtramck, making it Michigan’s most internationally diverse city, as well as its densest.


  • Residency Length: 1-3 months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2-4
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 18
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 60


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: June 29
  • Additional deadline info:
    Fall/Winter residencies (September-December 2018/19) for emerging and mid-career visual artists. Application deadline: 6/29/18. Momm and Popp Artist Family Residency/ Sustainable Arts Fellowship: support for 1, one month residency and 1, two week residency for artists with children, including a stipend, childcare and travel support, and an intern. Application deadline: 6/29/18. Learn more at

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Sculpture, Woodworking

Residency Fees

Residency fees range from $500-$1200 per residency month. Fees vary based on program. Learn more about our spaces and fees here:

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Artists are encourage to host some sort of public offering to our community. This could be an Open Studio event, an Artist talk, a workshop or other form of public engagement. We also require that resident artists put in 10 hours per month to pitch in and help around the compound: general cleaning, building and grounds maintenance, building renovation projects, event support, publications and administrative assistance.....etc.

Contact Information

12138 St. Aubin
Hamtramck, Michigan 48212
United States