Encore! Mt Morris

Painting Our Legacy on The Canvas of History

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Artist-in-Residence Application: Deadline February 10, 2018

Thank you for your interest in applying for Encore! Mt. Morris’ artist-in-residence program. This document will provide you with basic information about our region, the Encore! Mt. Morris organization, the residency program itself and the application. If you have any questions, please direct them to residency@encoremtmorris.com Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Description of Mt. Morris and the Region
Mt. Morris is a rural community (~3000) in northern Illinois, two hours west of Chicago and five miles west of Oregon, the Ogle County seat. For over 100 years, our community was best known for education (Mt. Morris College and excellent schools), printing (Kable Printing Co), publishing (Kable News, Watt Publishing) and agriculture. In recent years, the digital and global commerce world has fueled company mergers and big changes in the printing and publishing world. As a result, Mt. Morris is in the position of re-defining itself for the future. The historic college campus and uptown, summer concerts, the Let Freedom Ring festival, and community pride, as well as the area’s state parks and the Rock River still exist to build upon! See photos and more information at http://www.mtmorrisil.net and https://www.facebook.com/MMCommunityEvents

Encore! Mt. Morris
In the spring of 2016, the Mt. Morris Economic Development Group (EDG) hosted 80 area residents and experts for a 3-day retreat to establish a plan for building on Mt. Morris’ strengths and assets to spur new economic development through the arts. The vision of “Encore! Mt. Morris” was born; six committees with specific goals were formed. Since that time, the committees have worked hard to create the Old Sandstone Gallery and host several art shows, evaluate uptown and campus properties for potential businesses or art venues, begin fundraising efforts, invent three new annual festivals (PorchFest, U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition, JamFest), offer art classes, and sponsor this new artist-in-residence program. Mt. Morris is on its way to being an arts destination! See photos and more information at EncoreMtMorris.com

ENCORE! Mt. Morris’ mission is to create a destination for the arts, education, creativity, innovation and a vibrant business community, building on our heritage and existing strengths, pursuing sustainable and scalable goals, supporting current and new businesses and inspiring the greater community to participate.

Artist-in-Residence Program 2018

Encore! Mt. Morris is seeking artists with a particular interest in community-based artwork (broadly defined) for the Artist-in-Residence program. Specifically, the program will give preference to artists with an interest in:

The A-I-R program provides a full-time internship-like experience between June 1 and August 10, 2018. Scheduled hours may vary week to week, depending on the number and types of events going on, but will almost always include Friday commitments. Compensation includes a $500 stipend, as well as a studio apartment and meals at no cost. A modest budget will be provided for supplies and resources needed for the summer projects.

Encore! Mt. Morris leaders will provide orientation to Mt. Morris, the Encore project, area resources for arts-oriented activities, and specific goals for this summer. Expectations for the artist include creating art in our community with the community, such as weekly hands-on art experiences, children’s art activities at summer festivals, art classes for all ages, partnering with other area artists and your ideas! Your personal interests and skills will be taken into account when developing activity plans and targeted outcomes. The Encore leaders will also provide supervision, support and feedback on progress toward those outcomes. A final evaluation of the experience and accomplishments will be completed at the end of the summer.

Artists who successfully complete a full application may be invited for an in-person interview, or if unable due to distance or cost, may use Skype or Facetime. Final selection is expected to be made by March 1st.

Requirements/Criteria for Selection
This community-oriented experience for artists is looking for someone with:
Other preferred criteria include:

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