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To facilitate cultural exchange and long term connections between resident artists and the greater community of Central Texas.
Since 2014, Unlisted Projects has hosted international artists and leaders through an ongoing residency program based at the Museum of Human Achievement. UP facilitates transborder connections and international collaboration through friendship and the production of thoughtful new work. The community-driven nature of UP and its host location MoHA is firmly rooted in the idea of bringing people together to share their lived experience in a trusted and welcoming space. The empathy that stems from sharing stories and supporting new relationships are an essential step toward a healthy society.
We believe in the importance of communing and working together. Residents create work and live alongside an intentional local community of 35 artists and 17 organizations. Residents are invited to attend and participate in programming, workshops and events at MoHA. Each resident self-selects the ways they want to be supported and the program adapts to their needs by leveraging a strong social network of individuals and organizations. New artists receive an open arms welcome when introducing themselves as “the resident artist” due to the existing community's relationship to the program and the lasting international relationships that have resulted.
As a host site, MoHA provides affordable space and professional support to individuals and organizations that have historically lacked access to institutional resources. This support is tailored to meet people and organizations where they are and ranges from grant writing, legal assistance, production assistance, affordable or free office space, administrative assistance, financial planning, and individual micro-grants and commissions. Visiting artists are invited to workshops and individual sessions toward capacity building and long term strategies toward professional development.
At its core, Unlisted Projects’ impact is not limited to the resident artist: via public programming, studio visits and introducing residents to local leaders, we estimate that residents engage with 50+ local artists, 8+ arts organizations and hundreds of Austin locals during their stay.
Regional artists are provided grant writing support and professional connections toward international mobility. As a result of this program, regional artists have traveled to collaborate on projects in Mexico, Denmark, and Tbilisi, Georgia. UP is committed to being a leader in creative connectivity; we are positioned both to empower artists, and to build bridges between communities in Texas and abroad.