Since 2009, Houston artist Carrie Schneider has been working as an arts facilitator for refugee youth from Burma and, for the first time, is receiving funding from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance for the project. She is now accepting applications for six openings in the Sunblossom Residency Program.
Six artists will be selected to work with the refugee youth (mostly from Burma) and asked to share a “skill” which Schneider defines as “something that sparked your imagination when you were young, a trick you think is awesome, something central your practice now, etc.” The artists will not only work with the youth, but are encouraged to work with each other and, at the end of the semester, will share their own work alongside their students’ work at an exhibition and community dinner.
Schneider has been exploring and sharing under-known regions of Houston, most notably in the recent projects Hear Our Houston, public-generated audio walking tours (app available here) and the Human Tour, a ten-day group walking tour which recreated Michael Galbreth’s 1987 anthropomorphic route through Houston.
For those who would like to explore this particular growing segment of the Houston community, artists of all backgrounds and practices are encouraged to apply to the residency program. Artist residents receive a stipend; applications are due January 9.