ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
With over 200 acres of largely untouched land, the SideTrails Artist Residency Program will pair artists with residents to create nature-based art and performance programming for Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park. Based on community feedback, we are placing a high value on functional installation art that serve existing needs in the park for basic amenities, as well as interactive performing arts classes and performances. The program pairs artists in 6 week – 12 week working residencies with community members and organizations to design and implement a series of creative park improvement projects, classes, performances and workshops during the residency period. Commissioned work will be in harmony with existing initiatives and be relevant to the surrounding community.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
SideTrails Community Leaders are the backbone of the SideTrails Artist Residency Program. They will be actively engaged throughout the year to cooperatively create a program that will enhance the natural beauty of the park for the community to enjoy and engage in. They will do this in partnership with the SideTrails Program Manager and participating artists. Community Leaders will serve as advocates for Eliza Howell Park and will consult with artists as representatives of the community most directly impacted by the park.
SHARE AN IDEA!
If you have an idea for the park, some history you’d like to share, or would like more information about upcoming programs, we want to hear from you! Click HERE to sign up for our email list. Call us at (313) 285-0445. Click HERE to send us a message.
The SideTrails Artist Residency Program is currently by invitation only. However, we would love to hear from you if you feel your work is applicable to the goals of this program. We would particularly love to hear from you if your work is community centered, nature-based, inspired by nature, or if you are interested in functional art (garbage bins, seating, pavilions, metal work, woodwork, etc) Send us an email HERE.
Summer 2016 – Winter 2017: Community Feedback and Planning Sessions
Winter 2017: Artist Commissions
Spring 2017: Spring Residencies Begin