Call for Artist in Residence

El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artist Residency Program

The 9-month program runs from November through July. At this time, there is no open Call to Artists. The next Call to Artists will be issued in May 2020.

The purpose of the program is to support local artists who work with recycled materials, and to encourage environmental stewardship – specifically resource conservation, recycling and upcycling – in the community through art that inspires people to think about sustainability and consumption.

The El Cerrito Creative ReUse (“ECCRU”) Artist Residency provides the artist with: a stipend, access to materials at the RERC for use in artistic projects, an on-site storage bin for materials, and support for an exhibition at the end of the residency. Artwork will be created in the artist’s own workspace, which is not provided. We encourage artists working in all mediums to apply, including but not limited to, painters, textile artists, musicians, performers, photographers, printmakers, those working in film and video, and conceptual and installation artists.

Application Requirements

The City requires that all submissions be provided in electronic format only.  If files are too large for email they can be submitted using either 1) a link to an online file sharing site - sent by email or 2) on one flash drive/usb stick – delivered in person. The flash drive should be clearly labeled in ink with the artist’s name, current email address, and telephone number.

The ECCRU Artist must:

  • Be either a resident of or work in Contra Costa or Alameda County
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate a commitment to upcycling and creative reuse

 Additional Considerations:

  • Artists must attend a tour of the RERC (see website for tour dates)
  • Artists must demonstrate that creation of the artwork will be conducted in a safe workspace with the proper tools required for the chosen mediums. If deemed appropriate, the Artist must conduct a site visit to their workspace as part of the interview process.

Length of Term
The ECCRU Artist Residency is a nine-month term, starting in the late summer or early fall. However, at the discretion of the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission (“ACC” or “Commission”), the term is negotiable up to 12 months.

The Artist will receive a stipend of $100 per month of the nine-month residency.

All questions regarding the ECCRU program are to be directed to Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager, City of El Cerrito, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. (510) 215-4318. Email: