• Artists-in-Residence Call for Proposals at Eliot School, Boston

    by  • January 5, 2018 • News

    The Eliot School is delighted to announce the launch of its new, annual Artist in Residence program with a call for artists’ proposals for residencies in 2019 and 2020.

    Artists in Residence will partner with the Eliot School’s Teen Bridge program, which brings a small group of passionate teens from Boston schools to its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse, where they participate in a rigorous arts program that combines skill building, mentorship, employment, and intensive art enrichment opportunities.

    The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018. Applicants must reside in Boston. Application details can be found here:

    All residencies will include art-making with teens, larger community engagement, and a culminating event. A panel of Teen Bridge participants, Eliot School staff and board members, as well as members of the wider Eliot School community, will review applications.

    Each artist will receive a stipend of $10,000 along with a project budget for materials. Selections will be announced by March 31, 2018.

    Sculptor Nora Valdez will kick off the first residency in 2018 on the theme of home. Through this project, Nora and Teen Bridge youth will initiate a public dialogue by exploring the questions: What makes a place home? What makes home safe, comforting? How do we create a sense of home, claim a place as home?

    Past Eliot School residencies (pre-Teen Bridge) hosted artists Elisa H. Hamilton and Silvia Lopez Chavez in 2016, and wood turner Beth Ireland in 2013.

    About the Eliot School

    Inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity, the Eliot School teaches 3,500 people each year, including 2,000 children in Boston’s public schools and community centers. Named “Best of Boston” twice by Boston Magazine, the school’s areas of focus include woodworking, sewing and fashion, fiber arts, book arts, painting, drawing, and programs for children and teens.

    About Teen Bridge

    Teen Bridge is a year-round, multi-year program for teens from 8th grade through high school, recruited from the Eliot School’s partner schools. Teen Bridge engages a small group of teens in a strong arts program outside of school that combines skill building, mentorship, job training, employment and exposure to artists and opportunities in the arts.


    The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table.