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Bambú AIR Call for Submissions

Bambú Announces its 2009 Artist-in-Residence Call for Submissions

Bambú’s Artist-in Residence (AIR) program is pleased to announce its call for artists and performers for the Fall 2009 cycle. Currently supported by the Friends of Grace and The City of San Jose’s Grace Community Center, Bambú is a new addition to GCC’s Art and Wellness Studio facility’s long list of programs offered to Bay Area artists with accessibility and or functioning needs. All enthusiastic individuals in the Performing Arts and or Fine Arts are encouraged to apply.

The Bambú AIR program connects artists living with symptoms of mental illness with professional artists in the local community to create and exhibit art.  This collaboration fosters personal and artistic development within the context of a Recovery-Oriented Open Studio Model.

The Bambú AIR program provides an opportunity for Bambú artists to engage with professional local artists through mentorships, classes and open studios. Bambú AIR mentorships support artists working one-on-one with selected Bambú participants to create individual shows to be exhibited at Bambú gallery openings. Furthermore, Bambú artists maintain open studios at Bambú’s facilities and present weekly classes for participants, culminating in a final project.

The Bambú AIR program will be selecting one Fine Artist and one Performing Artist for its upcoming three-month placements. The Artist-in-Residence will be provided with a private work studio, Bambú AIR training, a three-month gallery exhibit, admittance to GCC’s activities and relevant supplies.

Residency Term

The Bambú AIR program is a three month tenure, with an option to revisit the Bambú AIR program after a successful completion of a residency term.

Bambú AIR Candidate Values

1. Must come motivated to make your own art and talk about your process. Be willing to share your talents, bring your passion for art, and roll model your techniques: be ready to inspire and be inspired.
2. Validate art in all forms by adopting an “art for all” stance and engaging with Bambú artists with dignity and respect.
3. Role model creativity and flexibility while working with artists, art materials, and studio limitations.

Bambú AIR Application Guidelines

Interested artists please submit the following:

1. Current Resume
2. Two letters of recommendation and / or references
3. An Artist Statement, maximum 1 page, addressing the following:
Why you would like to be a Bambú Artist-in-Residence?
What types of activities or skills would you like to expose Bambú students to?
What would you like to achieve as a Bambú AIR?
4. Portfolio Samples, three to six clearly labeled samples (DVDs, jpegs, or photographs) demonstrating your abilities and breadth of work.

Submission Deadline

The Fall 2009 deadline for the Bambú AIR Fine Artist is September 18, 2009
The Fall 2009 deadline for the Bambú AIR Performing Artist is October 16, 2009

Mail to: Grace Community Center, 484 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
Attn: Stacey Thompson

Email: info@thefriendsofgrace.org

For further questions please call the Bambú AIR Coordinator, Michaela Rodriguez at
(408) 904-8190


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