Winter Guests: Simulacrum. Photo by Martin Flack.
Creation Residencies at The Clarice give artists venue time and production resources to develop new work in a collaborative and teaching relationship with University of Maryland students.
Projects are chosen based on the following:
- Subject matter connected to contemporary social issues relevant to Clarice audiences or the larger world
- Interest and relevance to the learning goals of University of Maryland students.
Projects developed during Creation Residencies may be presented in a future Visiting Artist Series season at The Clarice, but potential for future presentation isn’t guaranteed or required as a condition of participation.
Campus and Community engagement: teaching and student collaboration
The Clarice’s approach to campus and community engagement is centered on a commitment to supporting the creative processes of artists as they explore and develop context for their work. The Clarice's engagement team can enhance a Creation Residency by bringing people into the artistic process who can inform content, generate material, tell relevant stories and/or provide needed information that buoys the creative research artists embark upon when making new work.
A cohort of University of Maryland students will enroll in a short-term, credit-bearing academic class tied to their participation in a particular Creation Residency. The class is open to all UMD students, but can be particularly targeted toward undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Students from other areas of the University may be recruited to the cohort based on the subject matter or technology needs of the project.
The Clarice has a full complement of theatrical production shops on site. This includes but is not limited to: a Technology Shop (lighting, audio, projections), a Scene Shop (paint, properties, scenery), a Costume Shop (crafts, wardrobe, costumes). These shops are staffed by both professional and student technicians. Depending on what stage of development a project is in when it is at The Clarice for a Creation Residency, Production can support the project by building elements of the show, preparing it for tour, or giving artists the ability to experiment with different technologies.
Documentation / Performance
Residencies can, but are not required to, culminate in a showing of the work in progress. The Clarice can assist in documenting the project through video/audio recording and photography, and in inviting interested presenters, funders or other stakeholders important to the future of the project.
Creative Residencies last one to three weeks, based on the needs of the project, and typically take place in July, August or January. At least one in-person, advance visit by the artist or technical representative of the company is required during the planning process prior to the beginning of the residency.
The Clarice provides financial support designed to offset the costs of travel, per diem, and housing, calculated based on the number of individual artists and technicians participating, and the length of the residency. Production resources, venue rental and labor are all provided without cost to the artist, but subject to limitations in scope determined during the planning process with The Clarice.
The Clarice considers the financial support for Creation Residencies to be commissioning funds, and should be credited as a commissioning partner. Artists are encouraged to apply other funding support to supplement that available from The Clarice.
How To Apply
Call for proposals will open October 1 for Creation Residencies in July/August 2018 and January 2019.
A link to the application form will be posted here on October 1, 2017.
For questions or further information, contact Bobby Asher, Senior Associate Director, Artist Partner Program.
Projects Developed in Creation Residencies at The Clarice:
Nichole Canuso Dance Company / Early Morning Opera: Pandæmonium
Camille A. Brown & Dancers: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Winter Guests: Simulacrum
The Civilians: The Undertaking
About the Artist Partner Program
The Artist Partner Program at The Clarice curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators.
The program is dedicated to creating performance and learning opportunities for our students and our community through artist residencies, workshops, master classes, K-12 student matinees and artistic exchange. We believe artists can be a catalyst for community change, leadership and empowerment.
As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts.
The Artist Partner Program has three primary missions:
- To supplement and extend the academic learning and investigation of the classroom for UMD students;
- To provide artistic and cultural opportunities as part of the UMD experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and university friends;
- To enhance and develop the artistic and cultural ecology of the community that surrounds and supports the university.