Embajada 406 Residency

Extending the resources of AAI’s existing LES Studio Program within the Clemente building, this shared initiative includes 6- to 12-month fully-funded studio-based residencies to artists, writers, and curators living in or from Puerto Rico, along with programmatic opportunities, including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and additional site-responsive activities throughout their stay. To launch this new residency program, AAI and the Clemente are partnering with San Juan-based gallery/project space Embajada, founded in 2015 by Manuela Paz and Christopher Rivera.

Given AAI’s longstanding history of providing support for creative experimentation and Clemente’s continuous dedication to the cultivation and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latinx culture, this joint initiative marks a significant commitment from both organizations to provide meaningful opportunities to underrecognized and emerging Puerto Rican voices for whom resources are often limited. This new residency program, the first of its kind in the Clemente, will provide a platform for the development and presentation of new conversations, methods, and ideas.

The Lower East Side has a long history of creative and artistic innovation. AAI and the Clemente’s joint residency expresses both organizations’ commitment to reflecting the community in which they are embedded and aims to address the social and political forces that have impacted Puerto Rican and Caribbean culture-at-large.

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