Drugstore Studios Call for Entry + Gift of Faith Awards / Deadline: June 1, 2018


The Drugstore is a non-profit organization run by artists and supported by local faith communities in Kansas City, MO. They are seeking applications from visual artists, performing artists and writers interested in being considered for low cost studio space. Applications are due Friday, June 1st at 11:59PM for (2) one year-long studio residencies beginning mid-July 2018, with extended stay possible. The Drugstore provides studio spaces to young, emerging and/or already accomplished artists in need of space to develop their work and increase their creative and cultural involvement within the city.

GIFT OF FAITH AWARDS: In addition to studio space, The Drugstore is offering two awards to local artists and creative workers. Preference will be given to artists who are traditionally under served and underrepresented. This award offers free studio space, along with a $2,000 stipend for the year. Applicants who are awarded studio space will automatically be awarded the Gift of Faith Award.

Studio Space:
Two studio spaces are currently available, roughly a 16×16’ at 3948 Main St. Kansas City, MO 64111
Residents are granted 24-hour access.

Other components:
Residents are expected to demonstrate a good work ethic, building a sense of community in the studios with their fellow artists, and leveraging their residencies toward future opportunities. In addition to providing low-cost studio space for artists in which to create new work and connect with a community of peer artists of all disciplines, the studio residency program provides important exposure for the participating artists and a range of support geared toward helping them build their artistic careers. These include:

Open Studios– Twice yearly, Open Studios provides opportunities for residents to meet and share their work with the broader community. The public is invited to meet artists and see new and in-process artworks, experience live performances, hear artist talks, participate in workshops, and more.

Quarterly meetings – All residents are required to attend all-resident group meetings quarterly. These meetings connect residents with one another and provide a forum for sharing work and information, and planning activities.

Critiques–Several critique nights are arranged throughout the year to familiarize residents with each other and their work, and provide feedback to help each artist in their development.

Resident exhibition/performances/public programs- In addition to the Open Studios weekend, residents selected for 2018-2019 terms will have several additional opportunities to share their work with the public, and opportunities for exhibitions/performances in the Drugstore Gallery.

Full-time students will NOT be considered. Artists are selected for a one-year term. At the end of the one year term, residents can be considered for continued stay, based on their use of the space, involvement in the community, and need for space.

The Drugstore is a collaborative and grassroots effort between 20 artists of varying disciplines in the old Katz Drugstore, supported by local faith communities.

For more about the drugstore visit:
Please email info@thedrugstorekc.com with any questions.

Application Requirements: Please fill out this form by 11:59PM on Friday, June 1st.