An residency program for Loudoun artistsAn residency program for Loudoun artists

Are you looking for a venue for your creative ideas? Rust Library in Leesburg has joined the COLLAB residency project! Loudoun County Public Libraries join the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members three-month residencies in two branches: Brambleton in Ashburn and now Rust Library in Leesburg. Sydney McCoy, Branch Manager at Rust Library is happy that Rust will join the COLLAB program. "It seems like a perfect fit with our outreach," she says. Both branches offer a makerspace and potential exhibit and performance spaces for creative projects. "This is a great way to bring creative projects into our community," Says LAC president Jill Evans-Kavaldjian.

The Makerspace at Rust Library in LeesburgThe Makerspace at Rust Library in Leesburg

The guiding principles of COLLAB residencies are focused on process, not product, and encourage willingness to take chances and solve problems. Another key component of the project is community outreach. Artists will be asked to communicate about their projects, emphasizing the overall value of art as a community-builder. Process photos and social media posting are encouraged!

The Makerspace at Brambleton Library in AshburnThe Makerspace at Brambleton Library in Ashburn

Residencies will be awarded based on applying artists' proposals, with special consideration given to those willing to collaborate with a partner in at least one project during the residency. The program is not limited to visual artists. Performers, writers, musicians, and makers are also encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in cross-media collaborations.

Artists are asked to work at least six hours per week on location during the three-month period. Artists will work with both LCPL to create opportunities for others to have access to the artists' process. Artists will be allowed to display and sell their artwork from the space. The LAC and its partners will promote artists' events through the arts council's website, electronic newsletter, and other media.

Interested in a creative opportunity? Apply Here.

Loudoun County Public Libraries are partnering with the Loudoun Arts Council to offer artists' residenciesLoudoun County Public Libraries are partnering with the Loudoun Arts Council to offer artists' residencies