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.

Now Accepting Applicants!

Winter/Spring 2024 Artist- or Scholar-in-Residence

Town Hall Seattle is seeking one Artist-in-Residence (AiR) or Scholar-in-Residence (SiR) in Winter/Spring of 2024.

Town Hall Residency
This opportunity is open to visual artists, performing artists, journalists, researchers, and other specialists working in Seattle, King County, and/or the Puget Sound region. Some past Town Hall AiRs include Shaina Shepherd, Gretchen Yanover, Timothy White Eagle, Elisa Chavez, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, and others. Some past Town Hall SiRs include Marcus Harrison Green, Brangien Davis, Sally James, and Hanna Brooks Olsen.

The residency will take place for a three-month period from mid-February to mid-May of 2024.

The AiR or SiR will produce two public programs: 1) A “Scratch Night” event that shares work-in-progress and 2) A final “Findings Night” event in which the scholar or artist shares what they worked on during the residency.

Additionally, the resident will be encouraged to attend Town Hall events, contribute to audience engagement, and contribute to the life of our community through activities like introducing a speaker on stage, hosting a post-event conversation, or post-event blogging.

Stipend and Benefits
The AiR or SiR will receive $3,000 + up to $1,000 in production support, as well as access to Town Hall’s facilities and events for the duration of the residency.

Applicant eligibility:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must work in Seattle, King County, and/or the Puget Sound region
  • NOT be a high school, undergraduate student 
  • NOT be a former Town Hall Artist- or Scholar-in-Residence 
  • Current consultants, advisors, staff, board members, and their family members are not eligible to apply 

Applications are due by Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 9:00AM PST. Please fill out the application form linked below and also email work samples to

Artist- or Scholar-in-Residence Application

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

Applicants are encouraged to check out Town Hall’s calendar of events and view our archive of past Artists- and Scholars-in-Residence below.

Questions? Email


Upcoming Residency Events

No Upcoming Events

2022-23 Artist- and Scholar-in-Residence

Sally James

Spring 2023 Scholar-in-Residence

Sally James‘ curiosity about people has taken her from jails to hospitals to schools to research labs. Once a staff member on daily newspapers, she has been an independent writer on medicine and science for many years. Most recently, she’s reported stories for the South Seattle Emerald, Parentmap, Seattle Business magazines, and other outlets. She is the mother of three adult children and lives in Seattle with her husband and a noisy cat. She is a former president of the Northwest Science Writer’s Association, a nonprofit supporting science communication.

Focus while in Residence: The Year 12 project is asking about a pivotal time in a young person’s growth when what’s swirling around us in news, music or culture may leave a permanent imprint on our identities.  We will interview and share scientific explanations for why this year is so important and how thinking changes because of the biology of the brain. While also gathering stories from community members about what they believe may have been crucial influences for each of them. During this project, we hope to inspire other Town Hall guests and some of our audience to revisit their own Year 12. What year was yours? Learn more about Sally’s project and how you can share YOUR Year 12 story here.

Shaina Shepherd

Spring 2023 Artist-in-Residence

Shaina Shepherd’s notable vocal stylings have brought her into various creative spaces — from collaborating with Duff McKagan, members of Soundgarden and Heart’s own Nancy Wilson, to being a soloist with classical ensembles around the country. Inspired by the parallels between gospel and garbage metal, Shepherd is embarking on a national tour equipped with storytelling chops and a penchant for rock and roll glamour. Her heart songs are steeped in American folk and redefine the Outlaw genre with an infusion of Tina Turner, Betty Davis, and Nina Simone. She has recently been featured in Nordstrom’s holiday campaign with her release of “Never Be Another You,” played a KEXP in session, and toured nationally from behind a piano or in front of a rock band. Listen to some of Shaina’s music and learn more about her work here.

Focus while in Residence: “Dauphine” is a collection of art songs written over the past 8 years all surrounding a character struggling with being a femme minority living in mostly white communities. The project is based solelyon a songbook I have written as a place of relief for this particular feeling of ennui correlated directly with the black diaspora. I will bring these songs to life for the first time with an audience, and a live band of experienced jammers and studio musicians.

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 5/30, 2023, 7:30pm
Findings Night 2023
Sally James and Shaina Shepherd
Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 7:30PM
Fri 4/28, 2023, 6:00pm
Scratch Night 2023
Presentations from Our Scholar- and Artist-in-Residence
Friday, April 28, 2023, 6:00PM
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

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