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Artist in residence

Welcome to the parks: where the community and its stories creatively converge

Creative placemaking is about forging an identity connection to a particular space. The meaning that our community members inscribe to these parks - bringing their narratives, showcasing their craft, highlighting perspectives, building traditions, making memories - is the power that turns these spaces into more than mere backdrop.


We are committed to providing space not only for artists to showcase their work, but to also lead the community in connecting with its stories, assets, challenges, and possibilities. Utilizing Center City & LeBauer Parks as studio, medium, performance venue, and ultimate collaborator, Artists in Residence spend time building a relationship with these community spaces and the people they bring together to explore a central creative vision.  

2022 Artist in Residence


We are so excited to welcome the Activate Entertainment Project as our 2022 Artist in Residence at the downtown parks! Beginning in May, you can catch this circus arts company creating their site-specific work, Passages, in LeBauer and Center City Parks. The artwork will explore stories of childhood, change, and connection as an homage to our 'extra'ordinary lives. Join Activate Entertainment at their weekly rehearsals, pop-ups, and final performance throughout this five-month residency to be a part of the creation of this incredible work celebrating the magical mundane and a change of perspective that brings us closer together as a community. 

This Artist in Residence project is made possible by the generous support of the following: The NC Arts CouncilThe Cemala Foundation, ArtsGreensboroWeaver Foundation, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Current Opportunities

Applications are CLOSED for our 2022 Artist in Residence program. The information here is an archival representation for future processes. More information about our 2023 Artist in Residence opportunities expected in October 2022. 


Are you a local, Guilford County based artist or arts collective looking for an opportunity to create an impactful community engagement project in an exciting new environment? 

Apply to become our 2022 Artist in Residence by January 16, 2022.

  • by January 31: Select finalists notified to schedule interviews with committee

  • by February 18: 2022 Artist in Residence notified of selection

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This is a paid residency experience, with up to $15,000 allocated to support specific areas of project development, including artist stipends. However, it is important that artists understand that this is not a grant for which they are applying. The budget for this residency will be managed by Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. with input from the Artist. More information about this can be found in our 2022 Residency Guidelines

As this is not a grant for which artists are applying, the Selection Committee understands that proposed projects will not be fully flushed-out. This residency is about process-based work and exploration, and as such, the information provided by artists in their applications may be subject to change over the project's development. Interested artists are asked to submit proposals to the best of their abilities during this idea-development stage of the proposed work. 

Step 1:
Download our 2022 Artist in Residence Guidelines

These guidelines outline the eligibility requirements for this residency as well as the process for selection. It is imperative that all interested artists thoroughly review these guidelines prior to applying.

Step 2:
View our
Info Session and Q&A Recorded on Jan.5

An info session and Q&A about the residency program was recorded on January 5th to provide additional insights and answer questions from prospective artist applicants. A sample budget for the application can be found here.

Step 3:
Submit your application by Sunday, January 16

Open the application and review all questions carefully as you prepare. Once started, the application form cannot be saved. We recommend preparing your responses ahead of completing the final form and copying/pasting them in from another document.

Past Residencies

The Greensboro Downtown Parks Artist in Residence program began in 2021. Each year, the parks host one Artist in Residence to create an original work in partnership, conversation, and community with these urban greenspaces and the people they bring together. Learn more about our past Artists in Residence and their projects below:

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by Alexandra Joye Warren 



Notes from the Air

Notes from the AiR is the blog series housing all of the information, updates, research, and journal entries about and from the Artist in Residence (AiR). 

2022 Artist in Residence
Notes from the Air
Past Residencies
Current Opportunities
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