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Clock Tower Accords Artist Residency Launched

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement has released a call for proposals for the inaugural artistic residency established in honor of the Clock Tower Accords.

Following a week-long campus demonstration in October 2014, members of Tribe X, M-Slice and the administration of Saint Louis University wrote and signed the accords, committing the University to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the SLU and wider community. One of the Accords called for the creation of a “mutually agreed upon artwork” commemorating the 2014 demonstration and the issues it addressed. The Clock Tower Accords Artist in Residence Program has been launched as a result.

The residency’s main goals are:

  • To celebrate the creativity of African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Middle Eastern and Native American (ALAANA) artists in the greater St. Louis community.
  • Investment in the practices of ALAANA artists who explore issues of race, politics and culture in their work.
  • To address racial inequality in the arts through funding and professional support for ALAANA artists.
  • To create and support a mutually beneficial collaboration between local artists and SLU’s academic community.
  • To expand the SLU and wider St. Louis community’s access to the process and work of talented regional artists.

The program will welcome its first resident artist next year. Beginning in spring 2018, and continuing annually, one artist will be selected by a jury for a three-month residency at SLU. The residencies are available for regional artists from all disciplines – from poets to choreographers to painters to photographers and beyond. The resident artist will receive a $5,000 stipend, $1,000 for supplies and a $1,000 budget to create a public event at the end of the residency.

The resident artist will be expected to work on-site at SLU for ten hours per week and collaboration with the University’s faculty, staff, administrators and students is encouraged. Artists will also make themselves available to visit classes taught in their discipline.

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.