El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artist Residency

ECCRU logoThe City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission recently created the El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artist Residency, funded by the City's Art in Public Places Program.

The program is intended to support local artists (in Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) who work with recycled materials, and to encourage environmental stewardship – specifically, resource conservation, recycling and upcycling - in the community through art that inspires people to think about sustainability and consumption.

The ECCRU Artist Residency provides the artist with: a stipend, access to certain materials at the City's Recycling + Environmental Resource Center for use in artistic projects, an on-site storage bin for materials, and support for an exhibition at the end of the residency. Artwork will be created in the artist’s own workspace, which is not provided.

Call to Artists (RFP)

Proposals Due: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The City of El Cerrito invites artists in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties to apply for a six-month residency taking place at the City's Recycling + Environmental Resource Center.

We encourage artists working in all mediums to apply, including but not limited to, painters, textile artists, musicians, performers, photographers, printmakers, those working in film and video, and conceptual and installation artists.

In addition to the access to materials, the ECCRU Artist will receive a stipend of $100 per month of the residency (i.e. $600 for a six-month term).


The ECCRU Artist must:
  • Be either a resident of or work in Contra Costa or Alameda County
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate a commitment to upcycling and creative reuse

Additional Considerations:

  • UPDATE: Artists are strongly encouraged (but not required) to attend a tour of the RERC (Tours offered on April 5, May 3 & May 9 - see calendar for details). The tour is open to the public and is intended to provide basic information about the operations of the Center. Specific questions about the ECCRU program and RFP process will not be answered on the tour. Please submit questions in writing to staff liaison Suzanne Iarla no later than Monday, May 8, 2017.
  • Artists must demonstrate that creation of the artwork will be conducted in a safe workspace with the proper tools required for the chosen mediums. If deemed appropriate, the Artist must conduct a site visit to their workspace as part of the interview process.

Interested in Applying?

Please read the Call to Artist (RFP) for a full description of the program, eligibility requirements and the application/selection process.

Download the application cover page to include with your proposal.

Proposals are due by Thursday, May 18, 2017.

For more information, please contact Arts and Culture Commission staff liaison Suzanne Iarla at 510-215-4318 or by email.

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