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Resident Artists Application

October 2020–January 2021

Calling all artists!

Are you a visual artist? Sculptor? Quilter? Cake decorator? Woodworker? If you have a skill, ability, or expertise you can share with the community, then consider becoming a Resident Artist at The Lab at North Spokane Library

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the North Spokane Library.

Program Period

Each residency is one month long. The Lab will host a different Resident Artist each month from October 2020 to January 2021.

The application deadline has been extended to May 8, 2020 May 29, 2020, 12pm Pacific.

Program Details

As part of the residency, the artist holds open sessions in The Lab for a minimum of 4 hours each week (a minimum of 16 hours during the residency). During these open sessions, community members may enter The Lab and interrupt the creator to ask questions about what they are making, their technique and process, and other topics related to what they create.

There are some limits on when the artist can hold open sessions. Resident artist open sessions must be held during regular library hours. Scheduling restrictions for open sessions include times when library events and programs are scheduled in The Lab.

In addition to open sessions, the artist provides two programs for the general public. Programs can be educational, such as a lecture, and/or hands on, such as a workshop in which participants create something and take it home. Supplies for approved hands-on programs will be purchased by the Library District and the Friends of the North Spokane Library.

The Friends of the North Spokane Library are offering a $400 stipend for each month-long residency.

Program Goals

The mission of Spokane County Library District is to provide resources, experiences, and places that empower people to learn, explore, and succeed.

By extension, the Resident Artist program aims to provide engaging, hands-on learning programs for the community and to promote and showcase local experts, providing the opportunity for the public to explore new experiences within Spokane County.

This program gives artists space to practice and apply their talents while sharing their expertise and skills with the community through scheduled workshops or classes at The Lab.


Artists whose medium is visually stimulating are preferred for this residency. However, all artists are encouraged to apply and will be considered based on the functionality of The Lab to accommodate the medium.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and will be required to undergo a background check.

Selection Criteria

  • Community interest
  • Ability to teach and conduct workshops and/or presentations
  • Readiness to engage with and benefit from the residency experience
  • Special costs or requests associated with space use or workshops

Selection Process

Residencies will be determined by a committee of Library District staff and may include external participants. All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadline. Work samples will be reviewed based on their technical aspects, and final residency selections will be determined by an interview process.

About the Space

The Lab is a unique classroom at North Spokane Library created in 2017. It is a community-responsive learning space that is flexible to handle different community experiences. The Lab contains a secure closet, approximately 4-ft wide, 9-ft tall, and 3-ft deep, for the artist to store materials on site.

The artist’s access to The Lab is restricted to North Spokane’s open hours.

Resident Artist Application Form

Applications open March 2.

Examples include a personal or professional website, Dropbox, Flickr, and social media such as Pinterest and Instagram.

The Lab provides new learning experiences to community members in Spokane County. What interests you about doing a residency with us?

What media, formats, and/or materials do you work in? What experience do you have working with them?

What do you plan to create during a residency at The Lab? What will your open sessions look like to community members?

What workshop/class ideas do you envision and for what age range?

Please share your experience with leading workshops and classes, especially those related to your skill/ability/expertise, and the age groups you have experience working with.

Please check the months that you are available for a residency.

October 2020
November 2020
December 2020
January 2021