In partnership with the University of Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OVCDEI) the Rooting A Deeper Connection (RDC) In-Residence Program highlights and celebrates the arts and study of nature within the Black and Latinx communities. Selected resident(s) will use Allerton as a source of inspiration to blend art and nature together in order to highlight the deep and significant impact they have on the human condition, and vice versa.
RDC offers Black and Latinx artists and naturalists the opportunity to live on the Allerton estate for three weeks and create work inspired by their experience. Naturalists and artists will collaborate to offer a deeper understanding of science and art, providing a vehicle for conversations and artistic expression that advance scientific achievement in environmental studies and make it more accessible to the public.
Sculptors, photographers, painters, printmakers, installation artists, videographers, sound artists, writers and poets, preforming artists, and more are invited to apply to live onsite and create site-inspired artwork, temporary installations, or performance projects.
Researchers, scientists, educators, authors, environmental activists, and more are invited to apply to live onsite, explore our diverse natural areas, and create accessible opportunities to demonstrate their work and share significant themes, activities, or findings.
Directly inviting members of specific communities to Allerton is an important step toward shared ownership of public natural spaces, especially in rural areas. By supporting and highlight work of Black and Latinx individuals, Allerton and OVCDEI seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that creates barriers for people of color to fully engage with and benefit from natural spaces like Allerton Park.
Applications will be accepted August 3-27, 2021 for Spring 2022 residents.
Allerton/OVCDEI will provide:
- Comfortable living accommodations for a three week residency (Residents can choose to reside at Allerton or on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Find details here.)
- $5,000 stipend
- Small indoor studio space, and full access to outdoor space at Allerton (Find details here.)
- Marketing to promote work and engagement activities
- Limited assistance from staff
Resident will be responsible for:
- All needed materials, tools, equipment, etc.
- All food and drink
- Donating a mutually agreed upon piece of work (art, public program, written research, exhibit, etc.) intended to further engage visitors once the residency is done
- Participation in a minimum of one mutually agreed upon public engagement program that involves the public in their work and process (i.e., community projects, lectures, demonstrations, learning experiences, workshops, etc.)
A committee of Allerton leadership, community members, and University of Illinois staff will evaluate:
- Excellence, innovation and originality in work and project proposal
- How strongly the artist/naturalist and their work is related to Allerton’s mission and vision
- Evidence of a current and ongoing professional practice
Resident selection will be based on merit and will be free from discrimination in all its forms. To review the University’s nondiscrimination statement and policy, visit here.
To be considered for the Rooting a Deeper Connection Program, applicants must include the following information:
- Professional bio
- (Artists only) Portfolio of artwork and list of exhibitions, awards, etc. (For video/audio please limit submission to 2 pieces at 5 minutes or less.)
- Detailed description of proposed project/study
- Concept or plan for public engagement and community involvement during residency
- At least three (3) Professional references
Allerton Park & Retreat Center aims to provide a healthy, safe, and welcoming space where people with different cognitive and physical abilities, ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, and religious backgrounds can thrive. We are committed to the University of Illinois Inclusive Illinois initiative of “cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated and respected.” Visit here to view our full statement about Diversity, Inclusion, and Access.