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Current Artist-in-Residence

Chicago Cultural Center


photo by Kristin Weinberg of Tend - directed by Julia Antonick performer - Helen Lee costumes - Jeff Hancock furniture - Jonathan Meyer, Heather LaHood, Jeff Hancock lighting - Jonathan Meyer


Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

June 15—July 21, 2024

For the first of two summer performance residencies, the Chicago Cultural Center welcomes Khecari and their project, Tend.

Tend is a service-based performance experience. Structured as a one-hour appointment, the self-care informed dance and music scores simultaneously envelope the audience while leaving space to allow your nervous system to settle and contemplate the inherent power differentials in human interaction.

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Dance Residency Open Studio Series (Chih-Jou Cheng pictured)

Dance Residency Open Studio Series

Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 1st Floor North

November 2023—June 2024, Second Tuesday of each month

The City of Chicago is pleased to announce the second cohort of artists for the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency. The Dance Studio Residency provides space, time and funding for Chicago dancemakers to create new work, and each artist or group offers free public engagements – artists talks, workshops, works-in-progress and more – to build diverse intersections and welcome more dialogue between audiences and artists.

The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency is supported in part by a grant from the Walder Foundation. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Past Artist-in-Residence

Legler Library


Legler Library – Alexandra Antoine slideshow

Alexandra Antoine

Legler Library

115 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago,  IL 60624

Two-Year Residency

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library (CPL), has selected an artist to participate in the inaugural Legler Regional Library Artist-in-Residence Program. During a two-year residency, an artist will be provided studio space at the library to create public art projects and programs that leverage the Artist's unique talents to promote greater connectivity between the library, its services, and the needs and aspirations of the West Garfield Park community.


Alexandra Antoine is an interdisciplinary visual artist and cultural apprentice based in Chicago, IL. Her work acknowledges the influences of her Haitian culture and interest in portraiture, food, farming and physical labor in traditional artistic practices of the African diaspora. She honors the different forms and functions of her work in the process of her vision coming into fruition. She received her BFA in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Central West Center


Ariella Granados

Ariella Granados

Central West Center

2102 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

January – July 2023

The city of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MODP) have launched the first Artist-in-Residence at the Central West Center located at 2102 W. Ogden Avenue.


Ariella Granados, Central West Center's first Artist-in-Residence, is a Chicago based artist whose work explores telenovelas, childhood, and internet subculture across media. Drawing from personal memory, her multimedia videos and performances depict trauma embedded through the creation of fictional characters that portray real lived experiences as a bicultural and disabled body.

Chicago Cultural Center


Tomato Tattoo creative team

Studio Theater Residency Pilot

Chicago Cultural Center, Studio Theater, 1st Floor North

78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

December 9, 16, 17 &18, 2023

Free dramatic readings of theater scripts by companies in residence during the New Play Reading Series.

Performance Art Residency Suspended Culture

Suspended Culture, Performance Art Residency

Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

April 28–July 8, 2023

Open Studio: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-3pm

Performance Festival: July 7 & 8

Suspended Culture's residency goal is to research Black sacred space, Black home-making, and Black domestic practices by: transforming Yates gallery into a space of rest, holding conversations with invited public, hosting a festival/showing in their final week in the space, and creating an audiovisual archive.

“The Black Girlhood Altar,” a temporary monument, was assembled to honor the lives of Black girls cut short by violence. (Credit: Nathan Keay/MCA Chicago)

A Long Walk Home, Scheherazade Tillet, Leah Gipson, and Robert Narciso

Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab

78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

March – May 2023

A Long Walk Home's Scheherazade Tillet, Leah Gipson, and Robert Narciso will be in the artists in residence in The Learning Lab. As part of the “Meet an Artist” series, the artists will invite visitors to participate in the creation of The Black Girlhood Altar to honor and create awareness for missing and murdered Black girls and young women.


Scheherazade Tillet - Co-Founder and Director, A Long Walk Home
Scheherazade Tillet is a photo-based artist, curator, and feminist activist who explores the themes of Blackness, play, freedom, trauma, and healing. She is currently the Executive Director of A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit she founded with her sister, Salamishah Tillet, in 2003. She uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. Tillet has dedicated her life's work to Black girls, including those who have been marginalized by society and victims of all forms of violence. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Project of Empty Space, Columbia University, and Rutgers University-Newark, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Cut, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Teen Vogue, ELLE Decor, Gagosian Quarterly, and Vice.

Leah Gipson - Chair and Associate Professor, Art Therapy and Counseling Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Leah Gipson is an artist and an Associate Professor in the Art Therapy and Counseling Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an instructor at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. Her community art and clinical practice in art therapy and counseling have addressed racial and gender-based trauma, grief and loss HIB/AIDS treatment and prevention, substance use and addiction.

Robert Martin Narciso - Creative Arts and Studio Manager, A Long Walk Home
Robert Narciso (he/him) is the creative arts and studio manager at A Long Walk Home, a trained Art Therapist, counselor, and community artist. He first aligned with ALWH as an intern while he was a student at SAIC in 2015. Robert has a large variety of skills and techniques that he offers to any project he is involved in as a community based artist, specifically sculpture and painting.