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Theatre Horizon Residency for Educational Artistic Development (THREAD)

THREAD 2024 Application Portal Opens March 15, 2024!

Applicatons accepted March 15, 2024 through April 15, 2024 at 11:59PM

 

THREAD, or Theatre Horizon Residency for Educational Artistic Development, has been established to support the creation, development, production, and presentation of one Norristown-based artist of any discipline. THREAD accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to: THEATRE ARTS, DANCE, VISUAL ARTS, WRITING, MUSIC, AND PERFORMANCE.

 

The residency program offers financial resources, space, time, and feedback on new or continuing artist work and provides networking, teaching, and exhibition opportunities. At  the same time THREAD raises interest, awareness and understanding of creative arts, and their impact in communities like Norristown. 

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

THREAD aims to strengthen the fibers that bind, bridge, and build the emergence and retention of local talent. We aim to support the overarching objective of making Norristown a leader in our region’s arts ecosystem, making Norristown a destination for prospective artists, and amplifying the work of artists of color from within the Norristown community. From conversations with community stakeholders, we have learned there is currently a gap in residency opportunities and professional development for Norristown-raised and/or -based artists.

 

Residents will be selected by a panel composed of Theatre Horizon’s newly-formed Community Advisory Board.  A designated Project Manager and Residency Consultant will steer the selection process to help ensure accessibility and equity. 

 

The selected artist will receive: a stipend; access to Theatre Horizon’s physical and virtual spaces; and Marketing, Fundraising, and/or Artistic consultations from Theatre Horizon staff. The residency will culminate in a public event to showcase the artistic talents that exist within our Norristown community.

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Q&A Information Sessions

Theatre Horizon will host two (2) Q&A Information Sessions to discuss THREAD, eligibilty, and the application process. These sessions will be held virtually over Zoom. Registration is required. 

Information Sessions Dates & Times: March 21, 2024 at 6:30 PM (EST) and March 28, 2024 at 6:30 PM (EST)

For questions and more information, please email our Director of Community Investment at mydera@theatrehorizon.org

THREAD Frequently Asked Question

What is THREAD?

Theatre Horizon Residency for Educational Artistic Development

Program Description and Objectives:

THREAD, or Theatre Horizon Residency for Educational Artistic Development, has been established to support the creation, development, production, and presentation of one Norristown-based artist of any discipline. THREAD accepts applications in all creative fields, including but not limited to: THEATRE ARTS, DANCE, VISUAL ARTS, WRITING, MUSIC, AND PERFORMANCE.

The residency program offers financial resources, space, time, and feedback on new or continuing artist work and provides networking, teaching, and exhibition opportunities. At  the same time THREAD raises interest, awareness and understanding of creative arts, and their impact in communities like Norristown. 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

THREAD aims to strengthen the fibers that bind, bridge, and build the emergence and retention of local talent. We aim to support the overarching objective of making Norristown a leader in our region’s arts ecosystem, making Norristown a destination for prospective artists, and amplifying the work of artists of color from within the Norristown community. From conversations with community stakeholders, we have learned there is currently a gap in residency opportunities and professional development for Norristown-raised and/or -based artists.

Residents will be selected by a panel composed of Theatre Horizon’s newly-formed Community Advisory Board.  A designated Project Manager and Residency Consultant will steer the selection process to help ensure accessibility and equity. 

The selected artist will receive: a stipend; access to Theatre Horizon’s physical and virtual spaces; and Marketing, Fundraising, and/or Artistic consultations from Theatre Horizon staff. The residency will culminate in a public event to showcase the artistic talents that exist within our Norristown community. 



What is the duration of this residency?

THREAD 2023: During Theatre Horizon’s 2023/24 Season from September 2023 – June 2024.

THREAD 2024: During Theatre Horizon’s 2024/25 Season from September 2024 – June 2025.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants to THREAD 2024 must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Be Norristown-based 
  • Priority will be given to Black and Latinx  Norristown residents 
How can I apply?

Applicants can apply online via Theatre Horizon’s online submission form. 

The application portal will open on March 15, 2024. The application portal will remain open through April 15 2024 at 11:59PM.

The application process is in two stages: 

Round 1: All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Panel*

Round 2: Finalists may be asked for an interview to be scheduled from April-May 2024.

*The Selection Panel will be composed of Norristown residents who Theatre Horizon is contracting to adjudicate*

 

Adjudication Process: 

Each application receives a numerical score between 1 and 5 based on the panel’s assessment of each of the following components:

 

The 5 C’s:

Criteria – Norristown Based. Priority will be given to Black and Latinx residents of Norristown

Creativity – Have you identified a unique artistic opportunity?

Context – What is the story behind your art, or the story you seek to tell?

Connection – What is your personal and/or artistic connection to Norristown?

Culmination –  what type of public presentation and/or culminating event would you use the allotted funds and support for? 

What will Theatre Horizon provide?

We will provide SPACE: 

Support for the growth of local emerging artists through a lens of antiracism.

Paid opportunities for a Norristown artist to make art in their community. ($3000 stipend directly to the artist, plus financial support towards their culminating event).

Access to Theatre Horizon as a resource for: artist incubation, marketing and/or fundraising support; professional development; and mentorship. 

Creative community for Norristown-based artists to learn, develop, workshop, produce, and present their work.

Expanded Audience through increased representation of Norristown artists from communities that have been historically-excluded and historically-underrepresented



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What do we expect of the THREAD artist?

What do we expect of the artist?

  • Seed ideas for a culminating public event 
  • Resident Artist must provide testimonials on the residency experience to inform programmatic improvement.
  • A communicative and collaborative relationship with Theatre Horizon throughout the residency period including regular monthly check-ins
  • Photo/Video permission to document residency experience

2023 THREAD artist:

Deej Cert ( Dion Jackson)

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Deej Cert (he/him) is a Norristown-based artist with roots in Philadelphia. He specializes in fashion design as well as graphic design. He is ecstatic to have the honor of being Theatre Horizon’s first resident artist. Deej Cert has previously been seen winning awards for his art in art shows held at Norristown Area High School and is very passionate about his artistic career.

“I envision the year of residency will be filled with a myriad of opportunities as I work alongside those who make Theatre Horizon so wonderful. I believe this opportunity will lead to my growth as an artist and person, as well as opening many doors for me in the future.” – Deej Cert

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Stay Tuned for details on Deej Cert’s THREAD Culminating Event!