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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.

Spring 2022 Writer-in-Residence

Sarah Salcedo is an award-winning filmmaker, illustrator, and author. Her writing has been published in Hobart, 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.

She works alongside her husband, Vasant Salcedo, at Tall Firs Cinema. Their feature documentary, Promised Land, debuted in select theaters fall 2016. It won the award for Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the 10th Annual LA Skins Fest, and was an official selection for the 41st Annual American Indian Film Festival, Northwest Film Forum’s 19th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival, the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival, and the 5th Annual Social Justice Film Festival, among others.

Her artwork has appeared in Hobart Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, The Future Fire, Luna Station Quarterly, and Cascadia Magazine, and was exhibited by Glamorous Refusal, in addition to numerous commissions from poets and writers for their sites and book tour promotions.

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, will be attending the 2022 Tin House Summer Workshop, and is currently the Spring 2022 Writer-in-Residence for Town Hall Seattle.

You can find her on Twitter at @SarahSalcedo or on her website, sarah-salcedo.com.

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. In addition to being the Town Hall Seattle 2021 Fall Artist-in-Residence, Yanover was 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.

Her 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.

Image with words Beasts of Seattle and drawings of animals

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

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.”

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: https://townhallseattle.org/event-listings/

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.

Apply

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