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 2023 Artist- and Scholar-in-Residence

Town Hall Seattle is seeking one Artist-in-Residence (AiR) and one Scholar-in-Residence (SiR) in Winter/Spring of 2023.

This opportunity is open to visual artists and performing artists working in Seattle, King County, and/or the Puget Sound region. Some past Town Hall AiRs include Gretchen Yanover, Timothy White Eagle, Elisa Chavez, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, and others.

This opportunity is open to journalist, researchers, and other specialist working in Seattle, King County, and/or the Puget Sound region. This opportunity is not limited to traditional academics. Some past Town Hall SiRs include Marcus Harrison Green, Brangien Davis, and Hanna Brooks Olsen. 

Both residencies will take place simultaneously, for a three-month period from March to May of 2023.

The AiR and 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 AiR and SiR 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
Each AiR and 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 Monday, February 6, 2023 at 9:00AM PST.

Artist-in-Residence Application

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 

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

Thu 12/15, 2016, 7:30pm
Artist-in-Residence Findings
Chat Room: Politics of Resistance
With Minh Nguyen
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30PM
Tue 12/13, 2016, 7:30pm
Scholar-in-Residence Findings
Why Do We Vote The Way We Do?
With Hanna Brooks Olsen
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30PM
Sat 11/14, 2015, 6:00pm
Artist in Residence
C. Davida Ingram
Scratch Night
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 6:00PM
Sat 11/7, 2015, 6:00pm
Scholar in Residence
Brangien Davis
Scratch Night
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6:00PM
Thu 6/18, 2015, 7:30pm
Juan Alonso-Rodriguez
In Residence: Findings
Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:30PM
Tue 6/11, 2013, 7:30pm
Pharos Editions Debut
Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter & Jonathan Evison with Paul Constant
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:30PM

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