Open Call

Call for Artists in Residency

The Sanctuary

No Funding
Arcata, United States


Artists and creatives of any stripe can attend. Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their art-making practice, what they hope to gain from a residency at the Sanctuary, which months they would be available to participate, contact info (phone/email) and three samples of past work or ongoing projects. Letters can be sent via email to:,
 or sent via mail to:
 1301 J Street, Arcata CA, 95521, United States.

Number of Participants

Groups as large as two individuals can participate as collaborators, and can share accommodations or stay in separate rooms.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 01, 2020 - November 30, 2020


  • $210.00 program fee (one-time)


Ceramic Facility, Co-Working, Darkroom, Desk Space, Gallery, Library, Piano, Print Shop, Shared Studio, Sound Studio, Stage, Wood Shop


Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Exhibition, Group Dinners, Self-Directed, Workshops


Book Arts, Ceramics, Collective, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, DJ / Nightlife, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Jewelry, Literature, Makers, Metalsmith, Music, Music Composition, Painting, Performance Art, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Textile, Theatre, Visual Arts



Program Description

The Sanctuary's Visiting Artist Residency program is an opportunity for artists of all types to spend 1 to 2 months living and working on the Redwood Coast of Northern California. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building that was constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling music venue, art gallery, community center, and artists' workshop; with lab facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more. Visiting residents may freely explore their creative practice during their time at the Sanctuary, making use of the in-house facilities, exploring the diverse community of Arcata, or venturing further to the beaches, redwood forests, and mountain trails that dapple our coastal bioregion.

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