Town Hall Residencies

Artists & Scholars In-Residence

Every year, Town Hall selects exceptional local artists and scholars for paid residencies where they engage with Town Hall programs and collaborate with our programming team to develop original events for the community.

2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence

Sarah Salcedo

Spring 2022 Writer-in-Residence

Sarah Salcedo is an award-winning filmmaker, illustrator, and author. Her writing has been published in Luna Station Quarterly, Hobart After Dark, Not Deer Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review, The Future Fire, Hypertext Magazine, Words & Sports Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been featured at The Daily Drunk and their Marvelous Verses anthology. In addition to festival awards for filmmaking, Sarah has received grants from 4Culture and Artists Trust. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Comparative Literature: Cinema Studies from the University of Washington. She attended the 2022 Tin House Winter Workshop and will be attending the 2022 Tin House Summer Workshop.

Gretchen Yanover

Fall 2021 Artist-in-Residence

Gretchen Yanover is a Seattle cellist who performs as a soloist on electric cello and looping pedal — a tool that changed her musical life and inspired her to improvise and compose — in addition to her acoustic cello performance and recording work. Yanover has performed for Earshot Jazz Festival and TEDx Seattle, has had compositions commissioned by Seattle Pacific University and University of Oregon, and has created music for and performed with LeVar Burton for LeVar Burton Reads live. She is a member of Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra and serves on their DEI task force. Yanover was also the recipient of a Shunpike Artist residency. She has four solo albums to date.

Samantha Allen

Fall 2021 Podcast Artist-in-Residence

Samantha Allen is the author of Patricia Wants to Cuddle and the Lambda Literary Award finalist Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States. A GLAAD Award-winning journalist, Samantha’s writing has been published by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, CNN, and more.

Image with words Beasts of Seattle and drawings of animalsHer original podcast Beasts of Seattle is a 6-part podcast series that examines the intertwined human-animal history of our area through the lens of six wondrous, wild things. Samantha takes the listener on a journey through time and across species in interviews with artists, ecologists, chefs, historians, and more.


Timothy White Eagle

Spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence

Timothy White Eagle is a mixed-race, undocumented, urbanized Indigenous American artist and storyteller who was raised by adoptive white parents in working class Montesano, Washington. He was adopted at birth, and due to the circumstances of his adoption is not a registered member of any tribe.

His art practices craft experiences and objects designed to heal both creator and audience, with his preferred mediums including objects, photography, performance, and installed stage. “All of my artwork stems from a ritual practice,” White Eagle said, in a video produced by The Stranger last spring. “I, with my work, am looking to heal parts of myself and parts of my community, and I have spent the last 20 years in some pretty intense environments learning about ritual and learning about traditional practice.”

Past Resident Events

Tue 4/26, 2022, 7:30pm
Sarah Salcedo with John Wiswell and Ross Showalter
Disability in Fiction
Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30PM
Fri 1/21, 2022, 7:30pm
Gretchen Yanover Findings Night
Cello in Connection
Friday, January 21, 2022, 7:30PM
Sat 11/6, 2021, 7:30pm
Gretchen Yanover Scratch Night
Past and present work on cello
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 7:30PM
Mon 5/3, 2021, 6:00pm
Timothy White Eagle (livestream)
Get to Know Town Hall’s Spring Artist-in-Residence
Monday, May 3, 2021, 6:00PM
Thu 7/2, 2020, 7:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins Live Episode
With Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Julian Perez
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 7:00PM
Wed 6/17, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins S1E5
The Movement for Change
Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 1:00PM
Fri 6/5, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins (Special Edition)
Rage, Riot, Racism: The Killing of George of Floyd
Friday, June 5, 2020, 1:00PM
Tue 6/2, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins S1E4
Coronavirus Racism
Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 1:00PM
Tue 5/19, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins S1E3
Slammed: Communities of Color and the Covid-19 Pandemic
Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 1:00PM
Tue 5/5, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins S1E2
The Better Angels of the Covid 19 Pandemic
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 1:00PM
Tue 4/28, 2020, 1:00pm
South Seattle Emerald and Town Hall Seattle present
Life on the Margins S1E1 (podcast premiere)
Featuring interviews with Gary Locke and Ijeoma Oluo
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:00PM
Thu 9/12, 2019, 6:00pm
Sow Queer
Artist In Residence Showcase
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:00PM
Thu 6/14, 2018, 7:30pm
In Residence—Video Poetry Pop-up at Chophouse Row
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:30PM
Thu 6/7, 2018, 7:30pm
In-Residence Showcase
A Celebration and Retrospective with Town Hall Seattle's 2018 Inside/Out Residents
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:30PM
Tue 5/29, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
In Residence—Art & Activism
A Conversation With Artists Kaia Sand, Rex Hohlbein, and Susan Robb
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 7:30PM
Sun 5/20, 2018, 3:00pm
In Residence—#EverydaySeattle Photowalk and Workshop
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00PM
Sat 5/19, 2018, 7:30pm
In Residence—Reframe: Five Photographers on the Power of the Everyday
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7:30PM
Fri 5/4, 2018, 7:00pm
In Residence—Telling the Stories of the Body Workshop
A Writing Workshop with Inside/Out Resident Jordan Alam
Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:00PM
Sun 4/29, 2018, 7:30pm
In Residence—How Our Bodies Become Imprinted With Life Experiences
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 7:30PM
Mon 4/16, 2018, 7:00pm
In Residence—Histories of Capitol Hill and What We'll Build Next
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00PM
Fri 4/13, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
In Residence—Kathleen Alcala with Donna Miscolta
History is An Act of the Imagination
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:30PM
Sat 3/31, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods presents
In Residence—How the Body Holds Its Stories
with Neve Mazique, Nic Masangkay, and Jordan Alam
Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:30PM
Tue 3/27, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle presents
In Residence—Living With Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in WA
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:30PM
Fri 3/23, 2018, 7:00pm
Town Hall Seattle presents
In Residence—Evolving Masculinity: A #MeToo Era Conversation and Workshop
with Galen Erickson and Jordan Giarratano
Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00PM
Thu 3/22, 2018, 7:30pm
Town Hall and Phinney Neighborhood Association present
In Residence — Sacred in the Everyday
with Peter Levitt and Shin Yu Pai
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30PM
Thu 11/30, 2017, 7:00pm
UW/Ravenna Community Check-In
Artists, Scholars, and Inside/Out
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00PM
Wed 11/29, 2017, 5:00pm
Phinney/Greenwood Community Check-In
Artists, Scholars, and Inside/Out
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:00PM
Mon 6/5, 2017, 7:30pm
Artist in Residence and Scholar in Residence
Elisa Chavez and Marcus Harrison Green
'Miss Translated' and 'Caucasians Anonymous'
Monday, June 5, 2017, 7:30PM
Fri 5/26, 2017, 5:30pm
Scholar In Residence
Marcus Harrison Green
Scratch Night Happy Hour: 'Flying to the Assemblies'
Friday, May 26, 2017, 5:30PM
Sat 4/22, 2017, 7:30pm
Artist in Residence
Elisa Chavez
Scratch Night: Nerds & Nazis
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30PM

Application Open!

Spring 2022 Artist-In-Residence

Town Hall Seattle is seeking to work with one Artist in Residence (AiR) from March to May 2022. For our next AiR, we’re seeking a writer. Some of our past writers in residence have included Elise Chavez and Jordan Alam. We invite applications from both published and unpublished writers working in genres that may include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and playwriting.

The AiR will be expected to attend TH events and contribute to audience engagement and the life of our community through activities that might include blogging about events after they take place, serving as an on-stage interlocutor or podcast correspondent, or curating an evening of programming. The AiR will produce two programs 1) an evening of work-in-progress; and 2) a final public event in which the artist shares what they worked on during the residency.

If you are a writer based in Seattle, or King County, we welcome you to apply.

– Individuals must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Seattle/King County when you apply through completion of your project.
– NOT be a high school, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student enrolled in any degree program related to your artistic work or career
– Individuals should not be a former artist in residence nor have had your work commissioned by Town Hall
– Current consultant, advisor, staff, board members, and their family members are not eligible to apply

Applicants are encouraged to check out Town Hall’s calendar of events:

Town Hall Seattle is prioritizing applicants that come from historically under-represented communities. Creators of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply below. Applications due by Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Applications will close at 5 p.m.

A 3-month period between March to May 2022.
Stipend: $3,000 + up to $1,000 in production support.
Additional benefits: access to Town Hall’s facilities and events.


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