The district's latest answer to this quandary is a partnership with Menalto Development: No Vacancy, a new artist-residency program that will offer temporary studio spaces at 3722 Chestnut Place to artists.
“Many people know this area for the visual art that’s represented in our mural programs, but this area is home to so many talented artists across a variety of media, and ‘No Vacancy’ will showcase the incredible diversity of talent here,” notes Tracy Weil, executive director of RiNo Art District, in a statement announcing the program. “At RiNo Art District, our goal is to find opportunities to bring people together through creativity and culture. Through our partnership with companies like Menalto Development, we’re not only making connections between artists, we’re connecting members of our business community who have space with artists who need it. Collaborations like this are helping to build a stronger, more vibrant arts district.”
The goal of the project is to "create a highly collaborative group art installation experience that will build over time, based on the contributions of the artists involved," according to the district, which is now accepting applications.
The month-long residencies will be in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse that once housed a mechanical-parts distribution center. No Vacancy will host two artists at a time, and they will each take over a large bay. The building itself will be open for exhibitions, installations and collaborative works between the various residents. The district plans to restart its First Friday celebrations in July.
In the meantime, the district is helping to put more art in the area through No Vacancy. "RiNo Art District is seeking a wide range of artists for the program — from muralists to projectionists, performance art to sculpture, digital art and beyond," the notice states. "New artists will be rotated in every month through September, resulting in a total of sixteen one-month residencies for local artists."
Every artist will be given a $2,500 stipend and have the chance to sell and exhibit works; No Vacancy will receive no commissions from sales.
The residency launches June 1 and runs through September; the deadline for applications is May 21 on the RiNo Art District website.