Cafe Con Leche and Most Wanted Fine Art are partnering The Bloomfield Garfield Corporation to present a Latino Artist Residency in Pittsburgh, PA.

Application is now closed. 

Cafe Con Leche creates tools that connect Latinos and build community. A Pittsburgh based social innovator, we work to increase diversity, build capacity and execute the vision of a steel town that is a thriving world class city. Since our founding in 2014 we have used a mix of art, community events and marketing to elevate the Pittsburgh Latino community, support local businesses and bring people together. In 2015, Cafe Con Leche was awarded the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's (PCRG) Community Development Award. To see more of our work, please visit the Galeria.

Most Wanted Fine Art is often called a community service organization disguised as an art gallery. Located in the heart of the Penn Ave Arts District at 5015 Penn Ave, PGH PA 15224. In 2014 the gallery launched the MWFA residency as a partnership with the non-profit Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation to provide a platform for diverse voices, artistic vision, and neighborhood building. Since opening in 2007, this gallery and performance space has received the 2015 “Community Development Award”, “Power of Work Award”, and “Best Art Gallery” 2014 & 2015.

The goal of this artist residency program is to 1) increase Latino artist presence in Pittsburgh 2) support Latino artists in making art inspired by Pittsburgh 3) encourage artistic relationships between Latino artists and non-Latino Pittsburgh artists.The residency will occur March to August of 2016. Application deadline is Thursday, January 21st; artists will begin to be notified by February. Local artists as well as artists from all over the country and internationally are encouraged to apply!

The Pittsburgh region is leading the way in reinventing the idea of what is to be a "Rust Belt City".  With these changes comes new people, innovation and investment. The region is home to one of the largest senior citizen populations and one of the smallest diversity indexes in the country. Our hope with the Latino Artist Residency is to explore the importance of place as it pertains to Latino identity and experience as well as the relationship between generations and cultures. To learn more about Pittsburgh read this article, for more information on Pittsburgh's booming art scene check out this articleYou can also check out this article about the Pittsburgh Latino community and the winners of the Best of Latinoburgh 2015.

Latino is defined as a person from or identifies with Latin American and Caribbean countries/territories that speak Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language. Note: Artist does not need to be bilingual. 

What the artist gets as a part of the residency:

  • Artist stipend
  • Place to stay: Individual bedroom with shared bathroom, kitchen, work space. Artist can bring family/close associates to stay with them.
  • Marketing & Public Relations Support
  • Event Planning Support
  • Gift certificates for local restaurants
  • Transportation Assistance in the city of Pittsburgh
  • Networking Opportunities with Pittsburgh arts community
  • Community/family style dinners with artists in Pittsburgh
  • Possibility of help with travel costs - fill out the travel request form below

As a part of being a resident, the artist is required to:

  • Stay in Pittsburgh for the duration of the 30 day residency except in the case of an emergency.
  • Gallery Art Installation (if you are a performance artist you will be paired with a visual artist).
  • Make art inspired by your experiences of living in Pittsburgh.
  • Be available for a two events - opening event night at Unblurred & an artist dinner hosted by Cafe Con Leche.
  • Host a third event focused on displaying their work in Pittsburgh.

Artist can be any of the following mediums:

  • Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Visual Arts
  • Maker
  • Musician
  • Dance
  • Theater
  • Media: Videography, Photography

We are interested in seeing artists whose work is influenced by:

African Diaspora; Indigenous people; Urban Latino; Pan-Latino; Youth; Pittsburgh; Latinx/Queer Trans People of Color; Immigration; Black Lives Matter; Artivism; Reproductive Justice

Application is closed.

Thank you to The Heinz Endowments for their support! They support efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.