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Down to Earth | Seasonal Artist Residency 2021- 2022

Capital Fringe is offering four paid artists’ residencies under the theme Down to Earth to provide an outlet for DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists and creatives to create artwork or experiences that examine our ability and fortitude as human beings to tackle the climate emergency and systemic racism. Projects developed through the residency will engage the landscape and wildlife of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Ward 7, utilizing them for inspiration or as a metaphorical or literal canvas.

Submissions are welcome from DC, Maryland, and Virginia artists, either as solo artists/creatives or in teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary). All genres of art and performance are encouraged.

The residency holds a special place in microhistory–a study of the overlooked detail where the starting point can be a place, an event, a group of people, or an individual that may completely illuminate and stretch the bounds of our collective human agency and art practices/expression.

Capital Fringe is inviting four cohorts, either solo or teams, to four 13-week residencies in 2021 – 2022. The seasonal residency schedule will be as follows:

  • Winter Season Dec. 21 – March 19
  • Spring Season March 20 – June 20
  • Summer Season June 21 – September 21
  • Fall Season September 22 – Dec. 21

The first week of each seasonal residency will start with outlining the research and production/creation timeline/flow of the season. Each season will be thoroughly followed, documented, and eventually presented in a seasonal online zine in partnership with Caandor Labs.

Each accepted artist or team will receive $10,000–the equivalent of 20 hours of work per week plus materials.

Applications will go live in November 2021.

For inquiries regarding the Down to Earth, please contact Julianne Brienza


The community input process to shape the 2022 Captial Fringe Festival will run from April – August 2021. It is our objective to open applications for the 2022 Captial Fringe Festival in October of 2021.