Are you looking for a venue for your creative ideas? In the COLLAB atelier project, the Embark Center for Self-Directed Education and IndED  and Loudoun County Public Library join the Loudoun Arts Council to offer qualifying LAC members quarterly residencies in two local studio spacesCOLLAB is for artists and makers of all kinds  

One space is shared with the Embark Center for Self-Directed Education and IndED in Leesburg's Arts and Culture District.  The other space is in Loudoun County Public Library's Makerspace at Brambleton Library in Ashburn. COLLAB is for artists and makers of all kinds. Artists can use the spaces as working studio and exhibit areas, and will have the opportunity to engage with the public in a unique way in two busy downtown areas.

The space on Loudoun Street in Leesburg is a large, dry, well-lit stone and brick basement of a historic house. The room has access to a bathroom and utitilty sink, and some storage space. This residency is well-suited to people with their own tools and media. Although the room is mostly private, as part of the residency, Embark Center for Self-Directed Education and IndED  ask that applicants plan to give students some sort of access to their process, such as an artist's talk, critique, or interactive lesson, during the three-month stay.
 
The Makerspace on the ground floor of the new, state-of-the-art Brambleton Library is open daily to the public, and open until 9 pm six nights a week. The large room has work tables and access to 3-D printers, a large scale laminator, sewing/embroidery machines, and other technologies the artist will be free to use. During the three-month residency the Library will work with the artist to create an exhibit or presentation of some kind. Artists are encouraged to plan interactions with other users of the space during their residency.

The guiding principles of COLLAB residencies are focused on process, not product, and encourage willingness to take chances and solve problems. Another key component of the project is community outreach. Artists will be asked to communicate about their projects, emphasizing the overall value of art as a community-builder. Process photos and social media posting is encouraged!

Residencies will be awarded based on applying artists' proposals, with special consideration given to those willing to collaborate with a partner in at least one project during the residency. The program is not limited to visual artists. Performers, writers, musicians, and makers are also encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in cross-media collaborations.

COLLAB will offer four residency periods each year, Fall (September through November), Winter (December through February), Spring (March through May), and Summer (June through August). Artists are asked to work at least six hours per week during the period. Artists will work with both LCPL and Embark and IndEd to create opportunities for others to have access to the artists' process. Artists will be allowed to sell their artwork from the space. The LAC and its partners will promote artists' events through the arts council's website, electronic newsletter, and other media.

Interested in a creative opportunity? Apply Here.