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CALA Alliance is seeking applications for its yearly regional artist in resident. The residency is open to Latinx-identified artists who have lived in Arizona for at least one year at the time of application. 


CALA’s residency program fosters Latinx artistic talent in the United States, providing artists with unparalleled resources that enable them to realize innovative, ambitious new work.

CALA organizes two residencies per year. Each residency cycle includes one regional, Arizona-based Latinx artist found through our yearly open call and one national Latinx artist by invitation only. The residency program aims to strengthen the cultural relevancy of U.S. Latinx art. A CALA residency includes an honorarium, materials stipend, and studio space. The resident will be housed in CALA's residency space in Central Phoenix. In addition, each resident has access to technical and administrative support from the CALA team.

The mission of CALA’s residency program is to provide Latinx artists with unparalleled resources and support that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. During their residency period, artists-in-residence are prompted to develop original, research-driven, innovative work. While in residence, artists are also encouraged to share and develop their ideas with the local community and are invited to be part of public programs and community engagements. An artist is in residence for a two-month period.


The CALA Regional Artist Open Call is our primary resource for identifying artists who are interested in and eligible for participation in CALA’s residency program. All Arizona resident artists who meet the eligibility requirements will be reviewed by CALA staff and guest curators. Artists are encouraged to apply early as deadlines are firm and will not be changed. Artists will be given an honorarium of $4,000 and a materials stipend of $4,000.


The CALA Open Call opportunity is available to Latinx-identified artists currently living and working in Arizona. Artists must have been living in Arizona for at least one year at the time of application. Artists must not be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs. Applicants from other states or countries will not be considered for this residency. Past CALA artist residents are not eligible for future CALA residencies at this time.


  • Applicants submit applications by the July 31, 2021 deadline.
  • CALA Alliance staff reviews applications to ensure eligibility.
  • The selected applicant will be notified by mid-August 2021.
  • Artist begins residency in late-August or early-September 2021.


CALA is committed to fostering conceptually and formally challenging work. At the root of the residency program, CALA seeks to support innovative artists at critical stages in their careers.

We will evaluate each application on the following criteria:

  • Impact: Applicant demonstrates potential impact to their personal practice and body of work.
  • Artistic Strength: Applicant demonstrates vision, originality, and excellence.
  • Cultural Competency: Applicant demonstrates cultural sensibility and readiness to participate in an experience to produce forward-thinking, bold projects.
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