Call for Artists

Call for Artists

The Myrna Loy is launching a 12-month artist residency to help celebrate the unique, creative, and historic identity of our Rodney Street neighborhood through community-based art.

We invite visual, performance, written, and interdisciplinary artists, partnerships or collectives  to submit proposals.  Two artists will be selected to create work embedded within the Rodney Street community of Helena.

Selected artists will design projects in their chosen media that inspire engagement from neighborhood businesses, individuals, and organizations in art-based visioning sessions and popup events that are embedded within the unique social and historical environment of Rodney Street. This residency will coincide with the City’s forthcoming Urban Renewal Development of the neighborhood. Artists will use this opportunity to engage neighbors, spark conversation about Rodney Street as a distinct place, and ignite creativity to define and celebrate the neighborhood.

A stipend of $20,000 will be paid in installments to each artist (or ensemble) for costs related to producing the projects/events and visioning sessions, and for art materials.

Residencies will run from December 1, 2020 to Dec 1, 2021. This 12-month residency will include four exhibit/performance/showing opportunities, roughly once every three months.

Deadline for applications EXTENDED: November 19 (previously Nov 10).

Date of notification: November 30.


This residency is open to two artists who live in or have a connection to the South Rodney Street neighborhood of Helena, Montana. Residencies will be granted based on the artistic vision of applicants, merit of previous work, strength of collaborative and community based work, and proposed impact in the South Rodney Street neighborhood.

  • Artists of any genre are encouraged to apply.
  • Individuals, partnerships, collaborations, collectives, etc. are welcome.
  • Applicants must be older than 18.
  • Resident artists must be able to dedicate significant time to this project, between 20-30 hours/wk, which will include time spent actively collaborating with the community.
  • Artists will present their work publicly at four events over the duration of their residency, roughly once every three/four months. These presentations will include an opportunity for community engagement with the project.
  • While artists must have the self-motivation needed to work independently, creative placemaking is deeply about community relationships, and artists are expected to actively engage and work with project partners and community members through the development of their projects.

Artists will be provided

  • A stipend of $20,000 to help cover living, travel, and material expenses related to the project.
    • Stipends will be paid in five installments of $4,000 – once at the beginning of the residency, and after the successful completion of artists’ quarterly community check-ins, as per the contract. Artists are responsible for all taxes on their income.
  • Four community showing opportunities, including an opportunity for long-term or permanent public art installation
  • Promotion on The Myrna Loy’s website and social media
  • Professional documentation of works and process (if desired)
  • Access to established relationships between Myrna Loy, city and local artists and businesses, with expectation to build additional community relationships
  • Project guidance and mentorship with the Artistic Director and Community Outreach Coordinator as well as other resident artists in this and other Myrna Loy creative placemaking projects

To Apply

The link to the application is here:


This application must include:

  • Letter of Interest (see below for details)
  • Resume/CV
  • Selected Portfolio of 5-10 images of previous work

There is no fee to submit this application.

Letter of Interest Guidelines

  1. Letter of Interest should be 1-2 pages, 12 pt font, submitted as either a PDF or .doc file. Please include answers to the following questions:
    1. What is your current relationship with the South Rodney Street neighborhood?
    2. How do you perceive the Rodney Street neighborhood, now and potentially?
    3. The targeted objectives of “Rodney Street is for Artists” include physical enhancements, wayfinding, and improvements to social relationships. How would you approach developing a project that addresses one or all of these objectives?
    4. “Rodney Street is for Artists” is a creative placemaking project that uses input from the community to develop artistic works. In what ways does your artistic practice invite collaboration with the community?
    5. How do you believe your art will specifically affect the people and environment of the Rodney Street area?
    6. Why are you the right artist to engage with this neighborhood at this moment in its development?

Selected Work Guidelines

  1. Provide between 5-10 samples of previous work.
  2. Selected work should be accompanied with an image list which clearly identifies each submission and provides information including the name of the piece, date, medium/a, and any necessary accreditation.


Email: [email protected]

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