Based in a vibrant urban neighborhood in Pasadena, California, The Residency Project @ 880 provides space to live and work in an intimate, shared-living environment with access to the thriving arts scenes, diverse cultural landscape, and natural resources of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.
Pasadena has a rich and storied history. The word Pasadena itself is a Chippewa term meaning “of the valley,” a name adopted by white settlers of the Indiana Colony who established themselves in this area of Southern California in 1874 to escape harsh Midwest winters. While the city’s name stems from the Chippewa, a Native American tribe from the mid-western territories from which these settlers came, the land now known as Pasadena was actually first known as Hahamog’na and was occupied by the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe, whose inhabitance spanned the Los Angeles Basin. Despite horrific attempts to systematically eradicate indigenous peoples, the Gabrielino-Tongva community persists and thrives today. The Residency Project acknowledges their history, presence, and future. Reparations begin with acknowledgment, but they don’t end there. The Residency Project would be proud to partner with Gabrielino-Tongva artists and leaders, and we make space for those conversations and collaborations.
The Residency Project is not envisioned as an organization. It’s imagined as an organism. The Residency Project lives and breathes, and it evolves with each artist-in-residence. Underpinned by Joseph Beuys’ concept of social sculpture and Nicolas Bourriaud’s concept of relational aesthetics, The Residency Project is an embodied investigation into how, through human interaction and intentional living, we can engage alternative social models not built upon the tenants of capitalism or colonialist notions of land ownership.
Based out of a little Craftsman bungalow inhabited by TRP’s stewards Matt & Sarah Umles, the Residency @ 880 asks specifically how the archetypal home can serve as both a physical and conceptual framework for contemporary art practice. In essence, the Residency @ 880 is an opportunity to live and work in an intimate space where creative cohabitation and collaborative meaning-making are key.
The Residency @ 880 is designed to give you the time and space to think and work, first and foremost, with the opportunity to present your work to a new audience. Residents are not required to end their residency with a finished “product.” Rather, TRP encourages artists to research, explore, experiment, and play with new concepts and modes of making and/or engaging. At some point during your residency, you will be invited to share your work-in-progress or talk about your practice and process with a broader audience. This may take the form of an artist talk, open studio, exhibition, performance, screening, or some other format depending on your interests. At 880, artists-in-residence inherently become artist-collaborators, shaping The Residency Project through the work they pursue here.
Private Room ✦ Studio Space ✦ Fully Stocked Self-Service Kitchen
Welcome & Farewell Dinners ✦ Optional Excursions ✦ Artist Reception
Transport to/from Burbank Airport *
* Flight into Burbank is not required, but if flying into LAX or Ontario, transportation to The Residency Project is the responsibility of the artist.
What’s not included:
Airfare & Ground Transportation ✦ Art Materials ✦ Some Meals