Artist in Residence Program Description


The Residency Program supports artists in providing community-based, participatory projects in self-selected non-arts venues throughout the City of Los Angeles in order to gather, connect, and inspire audiences with underserved or little exposure to artistic and cultural opportunities.  Residency projects engage participants in a series of artist-led workshops that are highly participatory and/or educational, and which match thoughtful and meaningful exchanges with appropriate audiences at host organizations in each City Council District.

DCA will provide AIR grants for up to 30 separate teaching artists. Fifteen grants of approximately $8,000 will be rewarded for residencies of seven or more workshops/sessions and at least one culminating event. Fifteen additional grants of approximately $4,000 will be rewarded for residencies of four or more workshops/sessions and at least one culminating event. The number of grants and the grant amounts will be contingent on DCA’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year

Highest ranking is given to residency proposals that will bring thematically appropriate projects into non-arts venues, such as social service centers, senior centers, social benefit agencies, community centers, recreation facilities, libraries, youth centers, rehabilitation centers, family resource centers, health care facilities, hotels, malls/business centers, science/research facilities, transit centers and faith-based organizations. [In regard to faith-based organizations, note projects DCA does not fund proposals that are primarily religious in nature or intent, unless a special case is made that the proposed artistic services are multi-denominational in nature or intent]   Secondary priority is given to residencies taking place in DCA facilities and schools.

Residency applicant should be unaffiliated with non-profit organizations that provide the same or similar services; as the mission of this grant program is to support independent, artists and ensembles whose community-based practices have been largely self-developed and remain primarily self-directed.


  • to supply creative resources to under-served communities by providing direct and intimate access to contemporary artists, their creative ideas, and innovative services
  • to support the implementation of educational and participatory arts residencies by a spectrum of the City’s most qualified teaching-artists
  • to provide host organizations with little or no arts programming with opportunities to test or develop new services, and envision the integration of either an artist employee or a new branch of programs into its core services