Native Artist-in-Residence / Residencies
Seattle Rep sits on the stolen land of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Duwamish Tribe, who remain and continue to steward this land. Seattle Rep actively benefits from the disenfranchisement of Native people and from the fact that the Treaty of Point Elliott was never upheld. We recognize this debt will likely never be paid in full.
Seattle Rep staff are actively examining and dismantling the systems of oppression that exist within our organization on a personal and company-wide level. Learn more about our ongoing commitment to racial equity and social justice and some of our action items here.
The Native Artist-in-Residence Program is a season-long program in which one Native artist of any discipline is paid a stipend to create art, gain professional development, and build a relationship with Seattle Rep. The entire program is informed by the Artist-in-Residence—they will decide what kind of art they want to make, what kind of professional development they will benefit from, and what they would like their interaction and relationship to the Seattle Rep to look like. The only fixed requirement of the program is that it culminates in a public or invited event featuring either a finished product or work in progress around which staff and guests can engage in dialogue. The subject of this dialogue and the focus of the event will be entirely up to the choice and interest of the artist.
Artists/applicants can come from any discipline: theater, visual arts, writing, dance, 3D or 2D art, film, design, etc. Applicants need not have any formal training but should have some previous experience creating in their preferred medium.
The goals of the program are to:
- Include local Native art and artists in every season at Seattle Rep
- Begin to develop relationships with local indigenous artists and communities through critical dialogue shaped by the work of Native artists themselves
- Make Seattle Rep available to Native artists, informed by their wants and needs
- Create a space at Seattle Rep more explicitly inviting to Native community members
Compensation: The Native Artist-in-Residence’s total compensation for the year will be $10,000. Applicants will share how they would like that $10,000 to be allocated. This budget encompasses the art project, as well as meetings, events, and professional development associated with the project. Seattle Rep can collaborate with the artist to help develop their proposed budget and will mutually agree to a payment schedule. Seattle Rep also offers free application help, including assisting applicants with creating a budget.
The residency spans from September to June with the first season beginning in September 2021.
The Artist-in-Residence will determine how much time each week or month they will spend on their project and in meetings and events at Seattle Rep. As long as they stay in consistent contact with Seattle Rep and maintain progress with their artistic project, they can determine how they would like to spend their time throughout the season.
Any person who identifies as American Indian or Alaska Native and who lives in or around King County (or on any reservation or tribal boundary in western Washington regardless of county), and can maintain a consistent connection with Seattle Rep.