Artist in Residence

LHPAI Artist-In-Residence

The LHPAI Artist-in-Residence (AIR) provides creative opportunities for local, national and international performing artists to grow their craft in areas of teaching, new works and performance. Artists selected may be local, national and international with a strong commitment to providing residencies for local artists. There are two types of LHPAI residencies: the Summer Performing Arts Academy AIR for teaching professionals with a minimum of five years experience or an advanced degree in a combination of theater and performing arts, and the invitational AIR, connecting grass-roots artists through informal, rolling discussions and opportunities to present works. Teaching professionals may apply for the summer academy AIR; the invitational AIR is by invitation only.

How long is the AIR award?

AIR awards range from one to six weeks. All residencies have a performance component requirement. Details for the performances are set by the LHPAI artistic director.

Why is AIR important?

Every artist needs dedicated time and space to focus on their art. This encourages reflection, research and exploration of the grassroots relationships in LHPAI communities and partnerships.

How can I be an AIR artist?

Artists are selected through an application process. AIR opportunities for 2013 will be posted on the websites of LHPAI and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs during the second quarter of 2013.


The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) will:

  • Work with grassroots artists in diverse disciplines including literary, visual, theater, dance and musical arts in the greater Seattle area.
  • Promote the arts as a means to engage people across communities through the LHPAI mission and vision.
  • Promote innovative engagement in the performing arts to increase aesthetic voice, creativity and visibility in marginalized and under-accessed communities.
  • Inspire young artists to engage in artistic endeavors.
  • Give classes, workshops and performances.
  • Participate in all LHPAI AIR media coverage including talks, interviews and public gatherings.
  • Develop classes, workshops and final public performances compliant with their artistic residency focus.
  • Adhere to all conditions for use of artist residence and AIR negotiated contract.
  • Be 21 years of age.
  • AIR participants may not complete more than one (1) artist residency in a calendar year, regardless of length of artist residency.

Residency Accommodations

Artists awarded an AIR will be provided with the following: modestly furnished studio apartment with full bed, wi-fi access, a full bathroom and limited storage. Linens and towels are provided at the beginning of the residency term. The studio apartment includes a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and utensils. Artists are responsible for their own transportation, shopping, food preparation and laundry.

Stipend and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Artists awarded an AIR may receive a stipend in varying amounts. Each artistic residency requirement provides an opportunity for entrepreneurial development and additional financial compensation to be determined by LHPAI.

Application Information and Deadlines

  1. The call for AIR letters of interest (LOI) for the July and August 2013 Summer Performing Arts Academy will be posted in May 2013.
  2. If you are interested in 2013 AIR opportunities contact Jacqueline Moscou, LHPAI artistic director, (206) 684-4710.
  3. Selected local artists will be required to discuss their LOI with LHPAI’s artistic director and may be asked to submit a proposal. All final selections must be compatible with LHPAI mission and vision and available LHPAI facilities and resources.
  4. Non-local LOI’s must include: One work sample, one-page vita, three references, and a 200 to 300-word statement describing your proposal as an attachment to your LOI. It should include:
  • Artistic goals for the residency period.
  • Innovative creative drivers that are a critical part of your proposed residency.
  • Concepts, processes, resources or subjects aligned with your current work.
  • Ways you might be interested in connecting with other LHPAI programs.

Previous Artists in Residence

The 2012 Inaugural Artist In Residence (AIR) featured Ms. Jennifer Johns, pictured left. Jennifer is an internationally respected soul singer and food justice evolutionary. Jennifer premiered an original, live multimedia musical performance at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012 at LHPAI to a full house. Her evening performance explored culture, community, food and freedom. It featured local powerhouse musicians Gabriel Teodros, Felicia Loud, Yirim Seck, Aaron Walker Loud and Thione Diop. Erwin E.A. Thomas directed the performance.