Riverfront North Partnership Greenway Residency

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RNP MAP Artist Residency – V2

Delaware Riverfront Greenway Artist Residency

Fall 2022/Winter2023

An artist residency, engaging the Middle and Lower Northeast Philadelphia Communities with the Delaware River to create public art.


Deadline: October 3, 2022 11:59 p.m.

Please email tacony@muralarts.org with any questions or comments. No phone calls, please.


Artist Residency Fall 2022 – Summer 2023:

Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Riverfront North Partnership are seeking artists to apply for a Fall 2022 / Winter 2023 artist residency. 


The goal of this artist residency is to create a new piece of public art and engage the Middle and Lower Northeast communities with the changing riverfront and Greenway Trail.  This includes the Kensington and Tacony (K & T) portion located in the Tacony neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia along the Delaware River.


With a new section of trail breaking ground in Fall 2023, we look to this residency to focus on the diverse history of the present day Greenway, including the Lenni Lenape origins, of these lands. Resident artist/s will be responsible for planning and leading collaborative creative activities. 


As part of the application, artists should write a short statement of no more than 500 words about their interest in this residency. While applicants are welcome to use this section to suggest possible projects, they are also encouraged to discuss why this project is of interest to them, and how it may fit with their work. Applicants should keep in mind that the residency itself will likely be suggestive of the project details.


After the close of application period, each application will be reviewed by a panel from Mural Arts Philadelphia, Riverfront North Partnership and local community members. Then a short list of candidates will be interviewed before the decision is made. The decision will be publicly announced on October 17, 2022. 


The residency will take place for four months and will be based at Lardner’s Point Park and at Mural Arts Philadelphia Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, where the artist/s selected for the residency will have access to the Tacony LAB studio space for both personal practice and project creation as well as community engagement events. Two weeks in December 2022 would be scheduled to orient the artist to the spaces.


The artist will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month with the expectation of approximately 24 hours a month either on-site at the Tacony LAB, or onsite in the community along the Delaware River greenway/Lardner’s Point Park. Some of this time will be devoted to engaging the community through activities with families and adults. They will develop these activities in collaboration with the Tacony LAB Project Manager. The artist will also be expected to take part in open houses, relevant community meetings, and similar events. The residency will culminate in an exhibition/public event featuring the public art project and may feature other work completed during the residency.


Applications must include the following items to be considered:


  1. Contact Information:
    1. Name
    2. Email address
    3. Telephone number
    4. Mailing address
  2. Artist Interest Statement (no more than 500 words)
  3. Website may be submitted as supplemental material. 
  4. Work Samples and a Work Samples Description List 
  5. CV/Resume


Contact information may be part of the Artist Interest Statement.


Materials should be submitted in a single folder titled with your last name and first name. Example: LastnameFirstname. Although google docs, MS Word or pdfs are preferred for the contact and narrative, applicants who would prefer to submit a video application or other alternate media are invited to do so.


Please submit all materials via Google drive. Upload the folder to your google drive account and then “share” the folder with tacony@muralarts.org.


If you are unable to use google drive, please email tacony@muralarts.org to arrange alternate means of submitting your application. 


For clarity, please title all files in the folder with your last name, first name, the type of file, and no extraneous spaces or punctuation. For example:  LastnameFirstnameApp.pdf, LastnameFirstnameCV.pdf, LastnameFirstnameWorksample01.jpg.


Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 3, 2022.


Your narrative will be a few paragraphs that generally describe the project or idea you would like to explore in this residency. Touch briefly on the community involved aspects of your project  and what excites you about it. 

Work Samples

You may submit a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 images.  Images must be:

  • Formatted as .jpgs
  • Titled with your last name, your first name, “worksample,” and a number indicating the viewing order. Use “0” in front of single digit numbers. For example: LastnameFirstnameWorksample01.jpg


If you would like to submit video or audio files as work samples, please contact Tacony LAB Coordinator, Barb Baur at tacony@muralarts.org 

Work Sample Description List


Please include title, date, medium, size, location and a brief description of each of the work samples (maximum 100 words).


Maximum of 3 pages, including education, exhibition or project history, and any other relevant professional artistic experience. 


  • $8000.00 stipend
  • Additional funding for the proposed project materials and associated workshop costs
  • Support from Mural Arts Philadelphia administrative, marketing and production resources.
  • Housing and transportation are not provided. 



  • September 13, 2022:  Call for applications released
  • October 3, 2022 11:59 pm:  Applications due
  • October 6 to October 10:  Interviews with short-listed candidates
  • Week of October 10:  Applicants will be notified of decisions. 
  • Residency begins approx early to mid December 2022
  • Final community unveiling/celebration early Summer 2023
  • Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • The artist’s project application in relation to the RNP/MAP’s goals
    • The artist’s experience and skill
    • The artist’s ability to engage community members in a reciprocal creative process


The residency is open to artists based in the Philadelphia area with preference to those in the local vicinity of Lower Northeast Philadelphia.  Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. 


Collaborative groups may apply, but please note that we cannot offer additional funding to groups with multiple members. Artists must be citizens of the U.S. or have U.S. work authorization.


RNP and MAP encourages applications from artists of diverse experiences and attributes,

including but not limited to age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, ability, language, citizenship status, family circumstances, and cultural background.



The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center is located in the lower Northeast neighborhood of Tacony at 6918 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, and has a number of resources and space available to prepare and work on projects. Any additional questions about the location or to arrange a site visit contact Barb Baur, Tacony LAB Project Manager by email to tacony@muralarts.org 


All events and gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, will be held in accordance with City, State and Federal guidelines regarding COVID-19, including wearing masks and maintaining social distance .

About Riverfront North Partnership

Riverfront North Partnership works with the City of Philadelphia to create, activate, and steward an 11-mile network of parks and trails along the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia. RNP was founded in the belief that every Philadelphian has the right to direct access to its rivers. The trail is currently 65% built and seven of the eight planned parks are open to the public. Even as we see the dream for a continuous river trail in Northeast Philadelphia – and connections to the national East Coast Greenway trail system – becoming a reality, we are building a diverse community of stewards for these spaces through outdoor recreation, nature and cultural activities, and volunteerism.   For more information, visit riverfrontnorth.org 

About Mural Arts Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia, founded in 1984, is the largest public art program in the United States. MAP believes that art ignites change. We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future. For more information, visit: muralarts.org