Crosstown Arts Residency Program
Crosstown Arts offers residencies in an urban setting to visiting and Memphis-based artists working in any creative discipline, including visual and performing artists and curators, musicians, filmmakers, and writers in all genres. Residencies include private studio workspace, lodging (for non-locals), a food stipend and access to Shared Art Making. This program is embedded within a larger arts organization that also programs and operates 6000 square feet of gallery space, a music venue, a 419-seat black-box theater, a maker space, and a bar.
Live/work residencies include either a microunit with a private bedroom/bathroom near a common living area and kitchen, a two-bedroom family apartment or a free standing studio house for musicians. Several but not all of the housing options are accessible and the Crosstown Concourse where Crosstown Arts is located is ADA compliant. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible for a $200 refundable deposit, covering their own studio materials, and travel expenses to and from Memphis.
Residents are asked to participate in a limited number of public engagement activities such as informal artist talks (all sessions) and open studio events (3 month or longer sessions).
Anyone 21 years of age or older is welcome to apply. There are no specific project requirements for accepted residents who are encouraged to experiment and explore new ideas or further develop current work already in process.
1350 Concourse Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
Applications are open via Slideroom from May 15 - July 15 each year for all residencies the following year. Applicants submit up to 10 work samples, an artist statement and residency goals.
Applications are scored by a rotating selection panel comprised of creative professionals and residencies are offered in early fall, based on the panel’s scores and recommendations with an emphasis on inclusivity and diversity.
A $200 refundable deposit is required per residents.
Residents receive food gift cards equivalent to 2 meals 5 days per week.
Crosstown Arts is located in the Crosstown Concourse which was redeveloped and reopened in 2017. The building is ADA compliant and the residency offers some accessible housing including an accessible family apartment. Several apartments also have a doorbell that also flashes a light. Many studios are wheelchair accessible but Studio Houses for Musicians are not currently accessible.
Artists with limited mobility can participate in the majority of experiences within the residency and at Crosstown Arts but Studio Houses for Musicians are not currently accessible.
Two Studio Houses for Musicians with sound dampened interior rooms that have 4 or fewer stairs required for access are located off-campus.
Housing & Accomodation
One accessible two-bedroom family apartment has private full kitchen and laundry. 12 Microunits share accessible laundry, kitchen and living area.
Studio & Facilities
All studios are private. One is embedded within the Shared Art Making facility, others are on the second floor down hallways adjacent to Crosstown Arts facilities. All on-campus studios have large sinks and floor drains and a basic tool kit. Two Studio Houses for Musics with sound-dampened interior rooms are located across the street. Each Studio House for Musicians has an older piano and a variety of spaces that can accommodate bringing in other (non-over night) musicians.
Crosstown Arts staff manages and supports facilities spaces but does not offer dedicated project support. Residents have access to Share Art Making facilities only during open hours. Shared Art is a community workspace with a range of analog and digital fabrication and production resources, including a woodshop, multiple CNC/laser cutters, a Mac-based computer lab, a large-format digital printing service, and a silkscreen print shop. Residents also have access to various music services and spaces, including a sound mixing studio, that are run by the Music Services Department.