Village Industries is designed to engage teens in three areas of activity: 1) advanced level arts courses; 2) entrepreneurial workshops focused on financial management, small-business planning, marketing, ethics in social media, teamwork, productivity and college readiness and; 3) real world, paying projects, executed by youth from client brief to final delivery under the guidance of teaching artists and Village staff.
By presenting students with opportunities to apply their skills and work alongside career artists and business people, students discover the potential to use their skills in their futures, whether it be choosing a college program or career path, or becoming leaders in their communities. These real world opportunities teach accountability, leadership, teambuilding, communication, business management, resume writing, networking and so many other skills essential to success in college and career. By enabling students to reap financial reward for their creative efforts, the program fuels the Philadelphia’s young creative economy and sets a foundation for financial responsibility in the next generation of leaders.
Village Industries is developed by the young people it serves and in collaboration with professional creative mentors. Its success relies on young people’s ability to meet and exceed high expectations while rapidly developing their artistic and entrepreneurial skills through on-the-job, paid experiences. Dismantling barriers between neighborhoods, education and socioeconomic status, this program introduces North Philadelphia youth to the rest of the City as future leaders who are fueled by creativity, new ideas and entrepreneurial savvy. Young Village students advocated for this program and now, through this program our learning how to further advocate for themselves and for the benefit of their team. Village creative apprentices learn how to speak to ANYONE about their arts business with clarity and passion. They learn how to follow up with people, how to recognize new opportunities, and, of course, how to hear the word “no”, sometimes 10, 15 times a week but THEY learned to say no to discouragement and keep trying for a yes. Their work has paid off—they’ve gotten a lot a yesses. Collectively, the youth businesses have earned $8000 for their creative services and continue to refine their marketing strategies to help generate revenue.
Through Village Industries, young people are not just learning from adult mentors—young people are learning from other young people. They are developing and sharing creative tools used to get jobs, to communicate, to support themselves financially and emotionally, and to create change in their world. Moreover, they are teaching us about how they network, what they want to see in the world and how we as mentors can help them achieve their goals.]]>
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SPACES is inspired by many arts based organizations, residencies, individuals, programs, and projects across the globe.
Here are a just few of them:
Glass House Collective
Recology: Waste Zero
Open House Chicago
Art Lives Here
The Afrofuturist Affair
The Laundromat Project
A Blade of Grass
Artist: Candy Chang
Q2: How many hours per week is an artist required to spend on the Residency project?
A2: Your SPACES residency should be your top priority during the four month stay. During these four months, you will be embedding yourself in the community, engaging with residents, designing the project, and executing the project. That said, you’ll need all the time you have to knock this out of the park.
Q3: Do projects have to be visual arts based?
A3: No, we encourage projects based in all creative disciplines including crossover, or multi-disciplinary projects.
Q4: Can I propose a project that I have executed before in another location?
A4: If the project is relevant to this community, then yes. Please remember that this residency requires flexibility and a willingness to embrace the input or direction given by our neighbors and students. Please read the first question in this FAQ carefully before you propose your project.
Q5: Will I need to use the $10000 stipend to execute my project?
A5: No. The stipend goes directly to cover your time. The Village will fund project expenses.
Q6: Should I wait and apply to cycle two of SPACES?
A6: Cycle 1 is an open RFP process. The Village has not yet determined if Cycle 2will be by invite only, or an open process. We recommend that you apply now.
Q7: I’ve worked at The Village before, support The Village, or know current Village staff/teaching artists. Does that increase my chances of being awarded a residency?
A7: No. We will be reviewing each proposal on its own strength and merit. While we value everyone’s support of The Village as well as our own personal relationships with local and national artists, we will not factor personal relationships into the review process. Additionally, the review panel consists of a diverse group of individuals, many of whom are NOT employees of The Village.
Q8: Can I apply as an international applicant?
A8: Right now, we’re only opening the project to artists/creators currently living on the East Coast of the US. International applicants are welcome to apply if you currently live/work on the East Coast and have a visa that allows you to work in the US through the duration of the residency.
Q9: Can my family live with me during my residency?
A9: Yes, your family (spouses, partners, children, etc) can live with you, on site, during the course of the residency. While the resident houses are cool, they are the standard size of a city row home. If you are considering moving your family to The Village, we would encourage you to tour the houses and the neighborhood.