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Artists At Work

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) has been designated as a Cultural Hub by THE OFFICE performing arts + film and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture for their Artists At Work (AAW) initiative. 

MOAH has developed two distinct residency opportunities for artists to consider: Civic Engagement Residency and Community Engagement Residency. For a period of one year, each participating Artist will receive a living wage salary of $36,205 (calculated using the MIT Living Wage Calculator for the region less medical expenses), plus healthcare benefits. Artists will be enrolled in THE OFFICE performing arts + film’s payroll and national healthcare plan.

The Civic Engagement Artist-in-Residence will be embedded with a non-arts related department/division within the City of Lancaster. The selected Civic Engagement Artist will work directly with department directors and division managers to identify strategic opportunities within their department/division to utilize and implement creative practices such as placemaking/keeping, public art, outreach within their day-to-day and long-term operations. 

The Community Engagement Artist-in-Residence will work with the Lancaster Museum of Art and History and the City of Lancaster's Parks, Arts, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PARCS) to engage directly with neighborhoods identified as sites for public art. The Community Engagement Artist-in-Residence will work with community members to engage and develop the public art projects in accordance with the City of Lancaster's Art in Public Places policy.

Artists At Work is a workforce resilience program designed to support the rebuilding of healthy communities through artistic civic engagement. Conceived as a public/private partnership, the program will provide a salary, plus full health benefits and professional development resources directly to participating artists; provide financial support to participating local cultural organizations; and connect both to the work of local social impact initiatives in areas such as antiracism, justice reform, sustainability and equitable development, health, economy, homelessness and housing, child welfare, and immigration. It is designed to impact the whole ecosystem of a community.

In Los Angeles, AAW spans the geography of the county, with Culture Hubs that are deeply rooted in their respective communities and predominantly are led by or serve Black, Latinx, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities: 18th Street Arts Center, Angels Gate Cultural Center (AGCC), Armory Center for the Arts, Chicxs Rockerxs South East Los Angeles (CRSELA), the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum (NCPD@JANM), LA Commons, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, and Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore. These organizations, located across the county’s five Supervisorial Districts, span a broad range of artistic disciplines and reflect the region’s vast cultural diversity. 

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Artists At Work was an idea inspired by the WPA and founded by THE OFFICE performing arts + film with an initial pilot in Western Massachusetts in 2020. Following that success, AAW was recently awarded $3M by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand its program in other parts of the country, starting in Los Angeles County in Fall 2021. More information can be found at artists-at-work.org.

Artists At Work is produced and administered by THE OFFICE performing arts + film with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. THE OFFICE extends special thanks to the FreshGrass Foundation for their partnership and support and thanks to local partner Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and AAW national partners International Storytelling Center, Sundance and Theater of War Productions.