Juanita J Craft Artist Residency


Calling all Creatives!

The South Dallas Cultural Center is inviting emerging and mid-career artists, #creatives#researchers and #writers demonstrating an interest in the South Dallas community, with considerations of all creative disciplines a commitment to the creative process, and residing in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area to submit proposals for the Juanita J Craft Artist Residency.

The application period for the #JuanitaJCraftHouseArtistResidency
 2021-2022 will be opening May 1st @ 3pm CST!

About The Residency

The purpose of the South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) Artist Residency Initiative is to contribute, in a significant manner, to the cultural and artistic impact of the South Dallas community. The Initiative aims to encourage artists of the African Diaspora in all disciplines to explore new working methods and to develop socially engaging, interactive art experiences immersed within the neighborhoods of the South Dallas area. Artists involved in this Initiative are expected to research, investigate and engage residents, organizations and institutions for the purposes of developing and creating a unique artwork, art series or body of work. Through its creation process, the artist’s work is intended to stimulate intentional and ongoing dialogue about the production and associated methodologies that occurred during the Residency Period.

Residency artists will be challenged to examine various perspectives on art, art-making and social practice; while expanding their multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches through socially engaged work. Practitioners working within, beyond or outside of the traditional art market are encouraged to apply and will be chosen through an open call process, limited invitation, or in some cases, by direct selection.


South Dallas is an area just south of downtown Dallas. Historically, since the 1950, the area has been predominately populated by African Americans. There are approximately 15 distinct neighborhoods within the area which vary from working middle class to working poor. Now, like many other near-downtown-neighborhoods around the country, its proximity makes it appealing for urban renewal, urban infill and redevelopment. There is a rapid transformation underway. The area is being carved into trendy districts and is often grouped into the larger Southern Dallas region. The impact of this transformation is determined by perspective.

The artist residency is an opportunity that encourages emerging to mid-career artists whose interests are situated in the social practice of art making and developing projects around community activism and impact. The Residency opens space for artists to capture the immediacy of the moment and to glean respective visions for future residents, developers and visionaries.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is accepting qualifications from artists whose vocation concerns community-based activism as a means for their social practice or community engagement for a site-based or site-responsive project. The project-based work would seek to ignite the collective imagination of the South Dallas area residents by way of elevating community pride and complimenting revitalization through a creative approach.


Emerging and mid-career artists, creative practitioners, researchers and writers demonstrating a commitment to the creative process, with no limitation on artistic discipline who are over the age of 18 and reside in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.


The application period is opened May 1 through May 31. Late applications are not accepted and will not be reviewed.

Residency Period

Residencies range from two weeks to three months. Artists determine the length of their Residency Periods. Resident artists are selected by SDCC curators or from occasional open calls October – March


Awards are commensurate to durations of Residency Periods.


2 Weeks (Direct Selection)


1 Months (Direct Selection)


2 Months (Panel Review)


3 Months (Panel Review)


  • The SDCC offers non-living studio space for visual, performing and literary artists in all
  • Artists are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and
  • All supplies and materials are the responsibility of the

Review Criteria

  • Originality, authenticity and impact will be evaluated by a committee of arts
  • Creative methodologies, in the spirit of openness and curiosity through diverse forms of engaging community, are additional areas of
  • Clarity of artistic vision along with intent of purpose and practice should be articulated in the artists’ statement and demonstrated by a portfolio of work samples with submission requirements based on artistic
  • A willingness for community engagement within diverse neighborhoods must be evidenced through work submitted, references or final


  • Contact Information:
    • First/Last Name
    • Residential Address
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
  • Artist Photo
  • Current Resume/CV (past exhibitions, residencies and related projects)
  • Artist Statement (limit 500 words describing current or recent projects and artistic process)
  • Preferred Residency Duration
  • Portfolio of work with annotations explaining the context (for visual artists 10 images or three videos; for writers two writing samples)

To apply click here.

Don’t forget to check out our current resident @nitashiajohnson work #thebeautyofsouthdallas https://www.thebeautyofsouthdallas.com/👈🏾