About the program

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We host an artist residency on site and other community-based residencies throughout the year. They highlight the arts, social justice and civic engagement celebrating local creative talent in inclusive ways. Each residency is unique and may include an exhibit, programs or performances. We are unable to accept unsolicited applicants for the Artist in Residence program.

2023 Artist in Residence

Monyee Chau

Monyee Chau

Seattle artist Monyee Chau was one of our 2023 Artist in Residences. Monyee’s project was centered on research, zine making and community engagement/social practice and story collecting. They researched and created a zine about Southern Guangdong Chinese laborers and immigrants during the 1800’s and their journey across the Pacific Ocean. During their residency they created two zines 'People of the Library' and 'Railroad Chinese'.

Community Portrait Day

Monyee engaged with patrons and took a snapshot of a day in the Library. They drew quick portraits and collected stories of all the Library patrons to put together in a celebratory zine of the Library and the communities that convene there.

Past Artists in Residence

Reflections

Reflections

Reflections was a unique dance festival featuring contemporary dancers and cultural practitioners, all artists of color, co-presented in 2020 and 2021 by The Seattle Public Library and Friends of Waterfront Seattle.

Reflections

Romson Bustillo

Romson Bustillo

Seattle artist Romson Bustillo was our 2019 Artist in Residence. His project “Proximity Modifier Project IV” used images and printmaking to explore how individuals, communities and organizations like libraries share space together.

Romson Bustillo

yəhaw̓

Yehaw

In the fall of 2018, we partnered with yəhaw̓ (pronunciation: yahowt), an Indigenous-led arts project, to celebrate Indigenous creativity and environmental equity. Our artists in residence included Native Kut, Fox Spears, and Roldy Aguero Ablao.

Creative Justice

Creative Justice

In connection with our year-long series about criminal justice in 2017, we collaborated with Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration for young people in King County. We co-presented artwork by their Youth Leadership Board in an exhibit called “Someday We’ll All be Free.”