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Native American Artist Residency


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Gadugi is a Cherokee concept meaning ‘working together for the good of all and working for the community.’  And that’s the perfect name for this residency for many reasons.


785 Arts LLC presents the Gadugi Artist Residency.  This residency is for Native American artists age 18 and up, and will be awarded through a competitive application.  One residency will be awarded and will consist of:

   •One year use of community studio space in the Avant Garde Underground artist cooperative,      adjacent to the 785 Arts gallery and located in the NOTO Arts Center.  Includes locker space, sink,  and use of classroom for presentations, teaching, etc.

   •Ability to display work in the Avant Garde Underground, and NOTO Arts Center AGU feature  wall.

   •One ‘featured artist’ show at 785 Arts 

   •Mentoring in artworld skills for Native American artists

   •Networking with other artists

   •Residency certificate and award letter for you CV/Resume

   •Lots more!


Purpose of Residency:

   •To provide studio/working space in a professional art setting

   •To help both young and experienced Native American artists begin showing their work in an  intercultural setting

   •To gain more recognition and involvement in Native American art shows and exhibits



   •Must be over 18 years of age

   •Must be a Native American artist under the definition of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act

   •Must fulfill all application requirements (samples of work, etc.)

   •Must comply with all rules, forms, and other requirements of the NOTO Arts and Entertainment  District as a member of the Avant Garde Underground artists collective

   •Must be willing to produce work for one Featured Artist show at 785 Arts

   •Must be willing to accept mentoring, criticism, and to share experience and knowledge

   •Must be willing to do one Artist’s Talk between 9 months and the end of the residency to the  public

   •Must be willing for name and photos to be used in social media, on the website, and in other  publicity materials

   •Must be local or in a traveling distance to Topeka, Kansas (that’s where the studio space is!)



   •Applications open March 15, 2024

   •Applications due by April 15, 2024

   •Winner notified April 30, 2024

   •Paperwork/agreement/acceptance signed by May 15, 2024

   •Residency begins June, 2024 for 12 months (you have the option to continue a membership in  the artists collective at the end of your residency!)

Application Requirements:

   •Complete application

   •Provide a small essay (at least 200 words) on how this residency will be helpful

   •Provide 5 images or videos of samples of your work

   •Provide an artists bio (if you’ve never written one before, that’s ok!  Just tell us about your  experiences as an artist!)

   •Artist Statement – tell us about your art and why you do it

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