Clementina Arts Foundation and Connecticut Post Mall, the state’s largest shopping mall, are encouraging local artists to apply for their 2023 Sprouting Spaces artist-in-residence program. Now entering its second year at Connecticut Post Mall, the Sprouting Spaces program will award a one-year residency including studio space and a $100 monthly stipend for art supplies, mediums, and materials to one local artist.
Understanding that the most critical and limiting component in an artist’s career is often affording space to create, Clementina Arts Foundation created Sprouting Spaces to provide artists with free studio space within commercial and retail vacancies — completely for free. The non-profit foundation partnered up with Connecticut Post Mall in 2022 to open a Sprouting Spaces location in a vacant retail space on the mall’s lower level, next to the Black Business Alliance state headquarters. Multi-media artist Daniel Ramos was awarded the 2022 Sprouting Spaces Artist-in-Residency, and has since utilized the space as his personal studio, to freely create, expand his work, and engage with the public.
“Getting to see an artist’s process first-hand as one-of-a-kind works of art are brought to life has been such a unique experience we’re proud to offer at Connecticut Post Mall. Our shoppers have loved getting to know Daniel Ramos and admiring his art on display within Sprouting Spaces,” said Kelly Hapken, Senior Marketing Director at Connecticut Post Mall. “We’re thrilled to continue the partnership with Clementina Arts Foundation for 2023 and look forward to seeing what talented local artist is chosen for this year’s residency.”
“The Sprouting Space program is important because it not only solves emerging artists’ number one problem which is being able to afford studio space, but the winner also benefits from the exposure to the community as well as Clementina’s growing network of direct patrons in the arts. Another great benefit is the events and marketing push by CT Post Mall and Clementina during the residency,” said Fernando Luis Alvarez, founder and Director of Clementina Arts Foundation.
To be considered for the 2023 Sprouting Spaces Artist-in-Residence program at Connecticut Post Mall, local artists are asked to complete the application available at ClemetinaArts.org. Early submissions are highly encouraged, and all applications are due by May 8, 2023. A jury of curators, museum directors, and art collectors will review all submissions and award one local artist with this year’s residency within Connecticut Post Mall’s Sprouting Spaces location. This year’s winning Artist-in-Residence will be announced in June.
ACT: The open call is now closed!
We are excited to announce we received a lot of amazing applicants this year.
Thank you all for participating.