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Cultivarte Laredo is Daphne Art Foundation's Artist-in-Residence Program

The program was initiated in 2019 to foster a supportive culture for visual, performing, and media artists in our border region. The vision of a thriving creative community where artists are inspired by the exchange of ideas, feel supported as they cultivate their intentions through their artistic practices, and help develop re-imagined spaces of art with access to meaningful resources is what inspired Cultivarte Laredo.

Today, the program provides opportunities for artists through residencies (offered virtually and in-person), art and artist features, exhibitions, panels, and artist talks.

Cultivarte Laredo Residency Programs

Artists are invited to apply to two artist residencies–virtual and in-person–during an Open Call for Proposals held in the first quarter of the year.  

We welcome proposals from individual artists, collaborating artists, and collectives. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Artists' proposals are reviewed and selected by a jury composed of Daphne Art Foundation staff and other creative professionals based on the quality of the applicants' artwork, presentation, as well as their ability to outline how they want to use the residency.

Our residencies are designed to contribute to the professional and artistic growth of selected artists, and encourage self-identified up-and-coming and emerging artists to explore new ways to approach their concepts, and to create in a space conducive to focused work. Residents are all expected to make full use of their time.


Each year, our residency programs culminate in a group exhibition inclusive of the AIR Cohort in the Fall. 

In 2024, Cultivarte Laredo will host seven (7) artists.  

V-AiR, Virtual Artist-in-Residency


  • V-AiR is open to artists who live and work in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley

  • 3 artists will be selected

  • Selected Artists are granted a $1,000 stipend each

  • Remote/virtual residency to create a new body of artwork/project

  • Selected artists must share their work and process virtually 

  • Selected artists will host one community engagement each, and participate in an artist talk

  • 3 month-long residency

  • Residency Dates: June 1-August 31


C-Studio, Cultivarte Studio Residency



  • C-Studio is open to Laredo-based artists

  • 4 artists will be selected

  • Selected Artists will be granted access to a shared studio space and will each receive a $800 stipend

  • Studio residency to create a new body of artwork, or further develop a series in progress

  • Selected artists will host an open studio night, and participate in an artist talk

  • 2.5 month-long residency

  • Residency Dates: Round 1– May 1-June 30 & Round 2–July 15-September 15 


Artist Expectations

  • Able and available to attend a maximum of 3 virtual meetings prior to beginning residency to plan and schedule, including a virtual meet-n-greet with AIR Cohort and staff

  • Able and available for weekly check-ins / studio visits with residency mentor

  • Participate in constructive critiques with other AIR

  • ​C-Studio Residents must host at least one (1) Open Studio Night during their residency

  • V-AiR Artists must host at least one (1) virtual community engagement (live session) on social media with a goal to engage Cultivarte Laredo followers

  • V-AiR Artists must actively document and share their residency experience on social media, blog posts, website, videos, photos, etc. and tag @cultivarte.laredo

  • Present artwork and attend the AIR Cohort Group Exhibition in the Fall

  • Make efforts to engage with other Daphne Art Foundation programming​

How to Apply

Application is a Google Form.  Applicants will need to have a Gmail account in order to apply.  

Last day to apply is March 24, 2024.

Click HERE to apply.

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