About Artist Residencies and How to Apply
About the Program
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors.
Herbert Hoover NHS offers two residencies of two to eight weeks each from April through September. All professional American writers, composers, and visual and performing artists may apply. The National Historic Site provides lodging and a secure place for equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. During the residencies, the artists interact informally with the public, present public interpretive programs, and contribute a piece of artwork for display in the park.
For more information about the program, contact the volunteer coordinator at (319) 643-7866.
How to Apply
To apply, send a cover letter stating your preferred period of residence (two to eight weeks within the available time period) with four (4) collated sets of the following:
Applications must be post-marked or delivered to the park by Friday, February 1, 2013. Mail your application to:
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
A panel from the park and the local arts community will select the Artists-in-Residence from the pool of applicants by March 2013. Selections will be made based on merit and how the artists' work can communicate the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors.
Applicants will be notified of the selection as soon as possible. All samples will be returned at the end of the selection process. You do not have to include a self addressed stamped envelope.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) will be enrolled in the Volunteer-in-Parks (VIP) program after reading and signing OF-301A, Volunteer Services Agreement. The agreement may be terminated by either the AIR or the National Park Service at any time.
During the residency, the AIR will provide:
The National Park Service will provide:
The AIR is expected to work on-site an average of 40 hours a week, including travel time and programs. "On-site" refers to the 187 acres of the National Historic Site, or in adjacent facilities, schools or other locations pre-approved by the AIR Coordinator. The AIR will provide his or her weekly schedule to the coordinator one week in advance. The AIR will also notify the Visitor Center staff of his or her likely whereabouts at the beginning of each work day.
The AIR will be lodged for free in of the several historic houses used for temporary staff quarters. Utilities are included. Free parking is available either behind the houses or on the street. Accessible housing for disabled persons may be available.
The temporary staff quarters are designated as shared housing for singles. The AIR's family members will not be lodged in park housing. Visitors may stay overnight with prior approval. The AIR will have his or her own bedroom with shared common living areas, bathrooms, and a kitchen. The AIR may be sharing a house with members of the opposite sex. Smoking and pets are not allowed.
The houses are furnished and air-conditioned. Each house has a shared telephone line for local calling. A washer and dryer are available. Kitchens are fully equipped. The park will provide sheets, blankets, and towels. The AIR may want to bring an alarm clock, a fan, and a light blanket.
The houses have exterior locks and an alarm system. There are no locks on the individual bedrooms. If park staff need to enter to do maintenance work, they will contact you 24 hours ahead of time. In case of an emergency, park staff will contact you immediately before entering.Churches, medical care, and groceries are available in West Branch (population 2,100). Iowa City (population 70,000) located 10 miles west, offers excellent medical care, cultural, and recreational activities.
Visitor Services and Public Presentations
Artists are encouraged to interact with park visitors as they interpret the variety of cultural and natural resources of the park, including historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscape, the creek, and tallgrass prairie vegetation and wildlife. Identifiable portraits of persons are not permitted without their written permission. The park may provide a model release form to obtain permission.
Artists will present at least one 60-minute public program during their residencies. Programs may be tailored to an individual's medium, interest, and experience. Programs may be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. In addition, artists are requested to give at least one public presentation in their communities about their residency experiences.
Studio Space, Storage, and Access
The park does not have a dedicated studio or storage space for artists. The AIR coordinator will work with the AIR to find suitable places in the park to work and to store equipment and supplies.
The AIR will be given a key and an alarm code only to his or her quarters. The AIR will not have access to the park's computer network.
The AIR may have access, with permission from the Chief Ranger, to public historic structures during park operating hours. He or she may work behind barriers if there is no apparent risk of damage to the structures and museum collection, and no safety hazard for visitors. Furnishings and museum objects may not be rearranged or touched without the permission of the Chief Ranger.
Access to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the administrative office of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, a private not-for-profit organization, is excluded from this arrangement.
Terms of the contributions are:
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