BI/POC Artist & Writer Residency

The IPRC’s mission has always been about access and empowering alternative paths to publishing for vital work & unique voices. To fulfill our mission better, we’ve introduced the IPRC BI/POC Artist & Writer Residency to specifically support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and writers to develop and create their art, and to share with the wider community.

We give artists and writers time, financial (in the form of ~$3k stipends) and community support, as well as resources to create.

2021 Residency Recipients

Gillian: she/they @babygotbackpack
Gillian Herrera is a writer and textile artist who will be creating a book that explores themes of abolition, indigenous anarcho-communism, spirituality, and racial identity. For her public component, she will be collaborating with other artists to organize a mutual aid fair.

Vaughn: she/her @thebrownalice
Vaughn Kimmons is a multidisciplinary artist who celebrates Blackness as the cosmic source of sacred inspiration and gives voice to the connective power of shared human nuance. She will be working on a poetry chapbook, titled “A Guide to Giving a Fuck About Yourself: The Saga”. The chapbook will be the first installment of a three part project titled, “The Feast of the Tide” that will also eventually include virtual performance, a limited run of hand painted items, and a performance art piece presented as a short film.

Nia: she/her @niamusiba
Nia Musiba is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and educator. Inspired by Black Panther Party Newspapers, Nia will be creating an independent art newsletter that explores how communities are formed without direct physical contact.

Busybody @bzy.bdy
Busybody is a collective whose mission is to give Black and brown artists an opportunity to realize the passion projects that they might otherwise have put aside out of concern for their financial and/or cultural feasibility. They will be launching the second issue of their submission based magazine which is also called “Busybody”, inviting participating artists to collaborate in the production process through open hours and free workshops.

Antonia: they/them @n0palitx
David: he/she/him/her @dftapknu
Mai: they/them @almondm1lk
Maia: she/her @sad.cumbias

Inheritance members Antonia Silva, Mylena Panelli, David Paz-Mendoza, and Maia Vásconez-Taylor share house, passions, interests, joys, and hardships. They will be redirecting generation inheritance to a place of abundance and beauty by making a life size Loteria game board. Inheritance is excited to be hosting a number of community events during the summer, working with [Cafe Zamora](, Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers, as well as the Western Farmworkers Association.

2020 Residency Recipients

We’re so happy to announce the 2020 awardees of the IPRC Artists & Writers in Residence Program!

Salimatu Amabebe (@salimatuamabebe) is a chef and an artist. They’ll be working on a project called Black Convenience, which reimagines the food packaging of a minimart to celebrate Black history and lineage.

Laura Medina (@lil___lau) y Angela Saenz (@angelamareesaenz) are artists and educators who will be collaborating on an interactive multimedia publication for their project, Maracuya con Leche.

Jessica Mehta (@bookscatsyoga) is an interdisciplinary artist and poet working at the intersection of digital media. She’ll be working on emBODY poetry, a project that incorporates both VR and screen printed objects.

Paulina Ramirez (@lapaushi) is a visual artist and DJ who will be working on a zine project about music, race identity, politics, as well as the workshop series Escuelita de la Memory.

Susan Sondheim is an artist and writer. She’ll be creating an illustrated zine with essays about the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU).

And Melanie Stevens (@brownivyx) is a writer and artist who will create the textile installation If You’re Watching This It’s Too Late, and the corresponding 10-Part graphic mini-zine horror/historical series Retribution.

These artists and writers will receive support to develop or complete a project over an intensive summer residency. We’re so thrilled to support each of their work! More soon…

2019 Recipients

jayy dodd

Jasmin Oya

Crystal Thomas

Patricia Vazquez Gomez

Intisar Abioto, Bruce Poinsette, Analise Smith, & Sharita Towne in collaboration.

The Residency Program is supported primarily by the Meyer Trust, as well as the Regional Arts & Cultural Council, and James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

More Information About the Residency

The IPRC’s mission has always been about access and empowering alternative paths to publishing for vital work & unique voices. To fulfill our mission better, we’re introducing this residency program that is designed specifically to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and writers to develop and create their art, and to share with the wider community.

We want to give artists and writers time, financial (in the form of $3k stipends) and community support, as well as resources to create.

To us, being a BIPOC residency means that artists and writers who identify as Black and/or Indigenous will receive priority as applicants. However, all Artists of Color are encouraged to apply. We’ve chosen this focus because, through surveys and conversations with community members, we learned that this is where we (organizationally and the Portland literary, publishing, and arts communities in general) have the most room for improvement. This Program, in its first form, will benefit 15 writers, visual artists, and small groups over three years (supported in large part by the Meyer Trust, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation). We hope to continue it beyond then.

There are two ways to apply: as an individual or as a small group. Through a juried selection process (that includes community members of color, not IPRC staff), two writers, two visual artists, and one small group (2-4 people) will be selected each year. We’re especially interested in individuals who cross disciplines, are unafraid of experimentation & collaboration, and whose work exhibits a strong perspective or vital message. The small group can include artists, writers, activists, or people who identify as both.

These residencies are primarily for Portland Metro Area residents (as we don’t provide housing), though it is open for anyone in Oregon.


Residents will:
*Be encouraged to coordinate with staff to access the space anytime, even when the studio isn’t open to the public.
* Have access to the IPRC’s letterpress, risograph, and screen printing studio, supplies, computer lab, copiers, and other equipment.
* Receive galleys, cubbies, and print drawers for storage of in-progress work.
* Be encouraged to use the space for community meetings and events.

* Each resident receives a $3,000 stipend. There are no restrictions on how the award can be used.
* IPRC staff are available to counsel and assist the residents throughout their project (and beyond); to work with residents to schedule meetings, events, and workshops in the space; and to support with grant-writing and proposals.

* Enrollment in IPRC workshops is free and encouraged.
* Inks, paper, and other materials in the studio are free to use.
* Printing credits provided.
* Volunteers and studio stewards are available to share their expertise and support the residents.

* Residencies happen at the same time to encourage collaboration.
* Shared studio time during open hours means that residents will get to know IPRC volunteers, members, and studio stewards. There will also be frequent skill-shares.
* Complimentary year-long IPRC studio membership is provided at the end of the residencies.


* Make frequent and active use of the IPRC studio and/or classroom during the residency period (June, July, August 2019).
* Organize at least one exhibit, workshop, performance, event, or artist talk to take place in the space at some point during the residency period or directly after . We also encourage ongoing engagements with the IPRC community.

The application period begins in February, with a deadline in late March. The proposal includes:
* Artist or Group Statement
* Project Proposal (for the work that the artist will be engaged in during the residency; we don’t require that projects will be completed during the 3-month residency period but want to get a good sense of what you’ll be working on)
* Public Component Proposal (for the exhibit, workshop, performance, event, or artist talk you will present during your residency or directly afterwards)
* Five work samples (Files should be JPEGs, PDFs, or TIFFs; please send videos as links; under 25 MB)

** Please read the IPRC Member Handbook ahead of time, so you come in with a good idea of how the IPRC studio works (link to the PDF is halfway down the page). **

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