RFP: Southwest MN Housing Partnership Resident Artist


The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP)

outhwest MN Housing Partnership Resident Artist
Full Proposals due by: Friday, May 10, 2019 at NOON CST
Info session (webinar) date: Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00-7:00pm CST
*Session will be recorded and made available afterward

For questions and/or to sign-up for the webinar:
For general questions, please email [email protected]
For questions related to what this residency entails, please contact our current Resident Artist Ashley Hanson at 952-486-0533 or [email protected]

Organizational Background: The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (SWMHP) is a non-profit community development corporation serving thirty counties in Southwest and South Central Minnesota. The Mission of SWMHP is to “Create thriving places to live, grow and work through partnerships with communities.”
For more information about SWMHP, visit: www.swmhp.org.

Residency Description:
This RFP is soliciting speculative proposals for a Resident Artist to apply their creative practices to the work of the SWMHP. We are interested in artists who will work with staff to identify and design projects across departments that integrate the arts into SWMHP organizational practices. Ideal artists will have a community-driven or social practice, an interest in systems / organizational work, and an understanding of and / or connection to rural communities and / or the region SWMHP serves. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide input, insight and creative thinking for organizational processes, systems, issues, activities and meetings of the Partnership;
  • Design, develop, and implement creative placemaking project(s) and/or strategies based on institutional priorities that enhances overall program and organizational effectiveness;
  • Advance and integrate creative practice and deepen community engagement strategies for SWMHP staff;
  • Act as an advisor / liaison / connector with other community artists engaged by SWMHP;
  • Attend workshops, events, and convenings scheduled as a part of the initiative;
  • Participate fully in activities designed to document and assess the arts and culture strategies’ impact and effectiveness.

Approximately 25 hours/week for a total of 100 hours per month. Ideal residency proposals would be for a period of time between six (6) – twelve (12) months in length (although we are open to other residency lengths). This residency period includes an initial (up to) 4 weeks of intentional research time, during which you will get to know our staff and work, with the remainder of the residency intended to be dedicated to development of arts-based strategies that help Staff engage more intentionally in the work we do with each other and the communities we serve. Ideally, the Resident Artist would be available to start around June 15, 2019, but this is not a requirement. The Resident Artist will be expected to attend the monthly full-staff meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the Slayton, MN office.

Up to $4,000 salary stipend will be provided per month of residency. Exact amount will be determined in contract negotiations with selected artist based on their proposal. Limited travel and lodging funds are available, which will be determined in the contracting process. Additional Project Budget of up to $20,000 will be provided to support project development and implementation, for expenses such as artist/collaborator(s) compensation and materials. This is a contract position without employment benefits. 

Proposal Submittal: Speculative proposals are due by Friday, May 10, 2019 at NOON CST. Please send all required components of your proposal in a single pdf document to [email protected]


Residency Background:
We believe that art and creative processes can add value to our work; helping to advance collaboration amongst and across departments, SWMHP sites, and communities. The goal of the Residency is to embed a paid Resident Artist within the SWMHP organization. Primary functions include spending research time getting to know the work and people of SWMHP; and working collaboratively with staff to design and deliver creative projects, tools, and/or strategies that advance new ways of thinking, exploring and implementing ideas within the organization and the communities we serve. Ultimately, SWMHP desires to achieve new ways of looking at and engaging with our coworkers, community partners and residents to advance our Mission; with staff/departments more easily able to identify opportunities to intersect and work more closely together.

Request for Proposal:
This RFP is soliciting speculative proposals for a Resident Artist to apply their creative practices to the work of the SWMHP. The artist will work with staff to develop projects and/or strategies across departments that integrate arts into organizational practices. The length of the residency is flexible, with strongest proposals between six (6) and twelve (12) months, dependent upon the time frame and process the artist feels is appropriate to accomplish the proposed work. Projects that emerge may include but are not limited to:
1. Creative meeting, training or workshop facilitation within the organization and its breadth of work;
2. On site engagement with staff and potential partners in the SWMHP offices in Slayton, MN and Mankato, MN;
3. Community engagement on existing SWMHP projects and in communities we serve.

Please Note: We are open to alternative arrangements, formats, timelines and structures for this Residency. If you have questions regarding any of the information in this RFP or if you would like to talk through an alternative proposal / residency format, please contact us. 




Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Apr 23rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, May 10th 2019, 12:00pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists