Deadline March 31st: Lycée Français de Chicago: The French International School AIR

Lycée Français de Chicago: The French International School
Call for Proposals: Artist in Residency Program
Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2012

“Who Are We?
The Lycée Français de Chicago has been providing a world class education to American and international students since 1995. Beginning in pre-school and continuing through 12th grade, our students thrive in a unique multicultural, dual-language learning environment. Our school puts a great emphasis on the arts as a cultural expression and as a means of international dialogue. We believe that the arts influence the development of how people communicate their perceptions, responses, and understanding of the world to themselves and to others. We focus on providing each student with the cultural and artistic education necessary for this development.

Since 1997 the Lycee’s Artist-in-Residence program has collaborated with such international artists and institutions as Christian Boltanski, Ery Camara, Sheila Hicks, Laurent Baude, Beate Gütschow, Périphériques Architectes, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. While each project has explored new linkages between art and learning, it is the integration of the artists’ ideas into the philosophy and overall curriculum, as well as into the day-to-day activities of the school, that are most significant.

Over the next three years, as the Lycée prepares to move to a new school location in 2015, we are seeking three artists, one per year, to create projects with our students that will help us reaffirm our identity as a global community. The theme for the Artist-in-Residence program during these three years will be: “The Lycée as a Community of Productive Contradictions.”

We are looking forward to receiving project ideas that extend our relationship with the community beyond the school walls, and into the truly international world of which we are a part.

What are we looking for?
We are currently seeking proposals for the 2012-13 school year. This call for proposals is open to artists of all disciplines, including but not limited to, visual artists, playwrights, musicians, poets, dancers, filmmakers and new media artists.

We expect the selected artist to work closely with students and teachers from different levels of our school, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. The artist will be expected to donate two final products to the Lycée at the conclusion of the residency:

  1. An artistic production created with the students
  2. Tangible documentation of the project

The contents and making of this final product are open to the imagination, as long as the artist actively engages the students, and the entire Lycée community, in the process of its creation.

Practical Conditions of the Program
The artist will be given a six week residency that could be spread throughout the school year or intensive, to create, install, perform, and/or display the work.

The artist will be given a generous stipend with travel and accommodation expenses covered. The residency will also include funds for materials to create the final product as well as an opening exhibition and several promotional materials to publicize the project.

The artist will formally meet with students, parents, and teachers to initially present the project, and will then work in close contact with teachers and students to bring the project to life. The artist will take part in two public events, one of which will take place outside of school.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Résumé
  2. An abstract of your proposed project
  3. Examples of previous work (or website address)
  4. Send to: Ghislaine Bazir, Assistant Head of School, at gbazir[at] under the subject line Artist in Residence.”

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