Applications for 2012 ArtsLink Residencies are now closed. Please check back on August 1st, 2012 for applications for 2013 ArtsLink Residencies.

    The 2013 ArtsLink Residencies deadline is October 15, 2012.

    If you have questions regarding the application process, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section. If your question is not answered in the FAQ, you can contact ArtsLink Awards staff at

Guidelines for Applications

For the October 15, 2012 deadline, ArtsLink will accept Residencies applications from contemporary artists and arts managers working in performing arts and literature. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. There are no age limitations. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to function independently while in the US.

Undergraduate students, amateurs and research scholars are not eligible. Arts managers must be affiliated with an arts organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking placement in commercial firms are also ineligible. ArtsLink Fellows from prior years are ineligible.

Candidates who would like to be considered for the ArtsLink Lab program should answer the related questions on the ArtsLink Residencies application.

Review Criteria
All ArtsLink applications will be evaluated by an independent interdisciplinary review panel comprised of US arts professionals based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic or professional excellence of the applicant's work
  • Potential for the applicant to interact with the community in the practice of his or her art form
  • Benefit to the applicant, at this time in his/her career, from interaction with US artists and audiences and potential benefit to the US host community
  • Applicant's plans for sharing the benefits of the exchange with artists and institutions in his/her home country
  • Applicant's ability to meet cross-cultural challenges successfully

Preference will be given to those applicants for whom this will be a first-time opportunity for in-depth creative work in the US, and to applicants whose artistic practice integrates innovative approaches to interaction with the community.

The selection process is extremely competitive and applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Applicants are advised to submit recent quality work samples. Please follow carefully the instructions for submitting work samples in the application. Applicants should make sure their work is properly labeled and that all work samples are fully and succinctly described. Applications that are missing any of the required materials will not be considered.

We recognize that each artist’s experience may prove to be profoundly different from what he or she anticipated as an applicant. Successful residencies reflect a balance between expectations of accomplishing specific goals and being open to new processes and opportunities for collaboration.

ArtsLink Fellows are expected to participate for a six-week period from early October to mid November 2013. All participants – both applicants from overseas and US host organizations – must be able to accommodate this residency schedule. The Residency includes two short sessions in New York City for all ArtsLink Fellows to meet with each other and with ArtsLink staff: one prior to the residency to orient the Fellows to the residency program and one at the conclusion to share residency experiences. These opening and closing sessions offer an important opportunity for ArtsLink Fellows to interact and strengthen contacts with their colleagues.

Placement Process
Applicants who have been selected by the review panel are placed by ArtsLink staff at arts organizations across the US that can provide a residency experience appropriate to each candidate's professional skills and goals. The candidate's professional interests and contacts are carefully evaluated to ensure the best available opportunity for each ArtsLink Fellow. While we take geographical and organizational preferences into consideration, Fellows should be prepared to fulfill their residency in any of the fifty US states. In order to provide each group of Fellows with exposure to the geographic and cultural diversity of the US, a maximum of two Fellows will be placed in residencies in any one US city.

Financial Arrangements
ArtsLink Residencies awards are made to the US host organization to cover the living and working expenses for the five-week residency. Airfare, visa expenses, health insurance, and food and lodging during the opening and closing sessions in New York are also provided by CEC ArtsLink.


Final Reporting
At the conclusion of the residency, each Fellow will be required to submit a report that discusses the work accomplished and its impact on his or her professional development. Digital images of a sampling of activity may also be required, where appropriate.

2012 ArtsLink Residencies applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by the end of March 2012.
To consult with ArtsLink staff, please contact phone: 212-643-1985 ext. 22 or email: