Crosstown Arts : Artist Residency


The multidisciplinary artist residency program at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee, offers residencies to visiting and Memphis-based artists working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, musicians, filmmakers and writers in all genres. All residencies include a private studio workspace with meals provided six days a week. Live/work residencies also include a private bedroom/bathroom next to a common living area and kitchen. A family housing option is available as well as accessible housing for residents with disabilities. All residencies are offered at no cost to participants, who are responsible for covering their own studio materials and travel expenses to and from Memphis.


Applications are accepted via SlideRoom; click here to begin the application process.  An application fee of $10 is collected during final submission of the application (applicants experiencing economic hardship may request to have the application fee waived by emailing


Accepting applications May 15 – July 15, 2018
for all 2019 residencies

Notification Date:
September 1, 2018


Spring Session:
February 1 – April 30

Summer Sessions:
June 3 – June 24
July 8 – July 29
(summer sessions may be attended individually or consecutively)

Fall Session:
September 15 – December 15


Notifications for sponsored and specialized residencies will also be made on September 1, 2018.  For more information on sponsored and specialized residencies, please see the Residency Guide.

Withers Residency (spring and fall)
The Withers Residencies are sponsored residencies offered to any person of color whose creative work ambitiously addresses the intersection of racial and social inequality in the environment in which they live.

Two Withers Residencies are awarded each year and each includes a $2,000 stipend.

Indie Memphis Residency (fall)
In the fall of 2019, Crosstown Arts is partnering with Indie Memphis to offer a sponsored residency with expanded opportunities for networking and involvement in the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. The residency is open to independent filmmakers working in any genre.

Crosstown High Residency (spring and fall)
Crosstown Arts is partnering with Crosstown High, a public charter school located in the Crosstown Concourse building, to offer a sponsored residency. Over the course of the residency, the resident will develop student skill-sets through a project-based approach within the context of social equity issues in Memphis.

The Crosstown High resident will work 12 hours per week with Crosstown High students and receive a $4,800 stipend.

Crosstown Arts Musician Residency (fall)
In addition to the standard residency offerings, the Crosstown Arts Musician Residency includes specialized audio recording equipment, software and a basic backline.

Crosstown Arts Video/Film Residency (spring and summer)
In addition to the standard residency offerings, the Crosstown Arts Video/Film Residency includes specialized video/film editing equipment and software.

Crosstown Arts Composer Residency (all sessions)
In addition to the standard residency offerings, the Crosstown Arts Composer Residency includes specialized audio equipment and compositional software.

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