Open Call

First Step Public Artist Residency

Anderson Center

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Red Wing, United States


To be eligible for the First Step Public Artist Residency Program, applicants must: • be legal residents of the state of Minnesota, having physically lived in the state for at least 16 of the past 24 months at the time of application, and remain a resident throughout the residency period. • have a demonstrated record of social, civic, interactive, and/ or community-based engagement in their creative practice. • have experience with and / or deep interest in rural community work. • have a driver's license and access to a working vehicle (for transportation between Tower View and various social, civic, and engagement opportunities throughout the Red Wing community). • be available and able to commit to the entire four-week residency period of May 1 - 30, 2021. • be an individual artist; collaboratives are not eligible.

Number of Participants

One public artist from MN will be selected to participate in May 2021. 4 other artists will also be on-site participating in residencies as part of the organization's separate General Artist Residency Program.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


May 01, 2021 - May 30, 2021


  • $2,000.00 material budget (one-time)
  • $500.00 travel budget
  • $4,500.00 stipend (one-time)


Ceramic Facility, Darkroom, Desk Space, Gallery, Individual Studio, Installation Space, Library, Piano, Print Shop, Sculpture Facility, Wood Shop


Home-Stay, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Chef on Site, Dinner, Vegan

Public Programs

Community Engagement


Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Land Art, Public Art, Social Practice, Visual Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

Acknowledging that an intentional process and cooperative approach are the foundation, or first step, of transformational public art & placemaking projects, this new program aims to help shape a “community-first” method to public art so that local community members feel more connected to one another across difference, and to Red Wing as a place, in this changing environment. Thanks to support from the Minnesota State Arts Board's Creative Support for Organizations program, the selected Minnesota artist will receive a $4,500 artist stipend, a $2,000 budget for production & engagement, documentation support, a travel honorarium, access to art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, meals, and more. This program is an ideal fit for an MN artist whose practice demonstrates exceptional cultural competency, an emphasis on process, and the ability build authentic long-term relationships.

Similar Open Calls