Eastside International Community Artist in Residence Program

Unique low-cost, live/work residency opportunities for Los Angeles based artists.

The Community Artist-in-Residence Program at Eastside International (ESXLA) is offering residency opportunities to artists who currently live or attend school in the Los Angeles greater area, or who have some previous Los Angeles area affiliation such as prior residency. In exchange for reduced rent, the community artists in residence (CAIR) will assist in daily operations, maintain the upkeep of the communal facilities, and other light duties integral to all of programs of ESXLA. 


The CAIR will share in the responsibilities of the International Residency Program and exhibition space, act as liaisons to other residents, maintain the upkeep of the communal facilities, and other light duties integral to all of programs of ESXLA. In exchange for these responsibilities, each CAIR will receive a private bedroom and adjoining studio space within the ESXLA facility, which also has a communal kitchen and shared bathrooms, free laundry facilities, and all utilities and wifi paid, for the reduced rate of $975/month. In addition to reduced rent, CAIR will have the opportunity to meet artists from all over the world, learn daily operations of a contemporary art space and residency program, assist with programming, and make curatorial proposals with the possibility of organizing an exhibition toward the end of the residency.

Community residents must sign on for a term no shorter than six months, but no longer than a year. Six and nine month terms will have a renewal option for up to another six months. There may also be curatorial opportunities within the exhibition program during the term.


- BFA or MFA in Fine Art or currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program 
- Dedicated personal art practice 
- Some knowledge of the Los Angeles contemporary art scene, including museums, galleries, alternative and artist-run spaces 
- Socially good natured, collaborative, courteous, and friendly with a positive outlook/attitude 
- Organized and tidy 
- Responsible and reliable 
- Serious interest in learning about the operation and development of an arts organization 
- Desire to live and participate within a semi-communal art community 
- Interest in curating, organizing exhibitions, and/or arts program development

Interested applicants should submit a PDF including CV, statement as to why they are a good fit, images of their work and three references to jason@eastsideinternational.com with subject heading ‘CAIR’. An in-person interview will be required at the second stage of acceptance.

Full open call can be found here.