residency duration:
July 6 - Dec. 16, 2016

Applications due by
Friday, June 10


Art has the power to revitalize, strengthen, and transform communities.

Using a comprehensive three-point approach, The Thrive Arts Residency is designed to provide an infusion of the arts and creative culture into the rebounding Arkansas Delta city of Helena in hopes of boosting community pride and spurring economic development. 

I. Body of Work

Thrive Artists in Residence will have the opportunity to build their portfolios while being surrounded by all of the natural beauty and rich culture the Delta has to offer. Artists will also learn about the business of marketing themselves as professional artists as participants in the Helena Start-Up Program.

II. Education

Artists will work with local schools and youth organizations to establish multiple levels of hands-on youth arts programming of all kinds. 

III. Outreach

Artists will display their work at various public events and engage with community members on how and why they create art while helping to establish and promote a stronger creative culture in Helena.

Artists in Residence will be provided with:

  • Living stipend & monthly supplies budget
  • Access to gallery /
    exhibition spaces
  • Access to 5,600 square feet of collaborative studio space
  • Access to wood shop
  • Access to screen printing equipment and studio
  • Access to clean office with dedicated desk space