OVERVIEWFear No Joy, Zeelie Brown (Brooklyn, NY / Pollard, AL) Southern Constellations Fellow. July 2017. Performance documentation. Cello, bleach on denim, ribbons, roses. Photo Credit: Sophia Schultz

The application for the 2019 residency season is now closed.

Elsewhere is now accepting applications for 2019 Residencies (due July 27th) from creatives working across media, fields, and disciplines.

Annually, 35 residents are selected to collectively live and work within Elsewhere to create projects that activate the Living Museum. Work produced is site-specific and responsive, exploring Elsewheres environment, material inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past projects. All objects and artworks remain part of the museum, available for continued transformation by future creatives.

Residents have access to the enormous collection of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports public events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s international network.

Makers, thinkers and doers of all kinds working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, painting, emerging technologies, food) fields (art, healthcare, administration, coders, journalists, educators, curators, homesteaders, scholars, designers, writers, scientist) and discipline (futurists, cross-sector, interdisciplinary, conceptual, social, system-thinkers, research) are encouraged to apply.  Those with an interest in participation, co-creation, reuse, public practice, social engagement, intersectional critique, urban intervention, and experimental living are an excellent fit for this program. Collectives and collaborative groups, as well as residents who would like to live off-site, are also welcome!

Residents receive room & board, material, tool, and equipment access, as well as, public engagement and programming opportunities, documentation, promotion, online and in-museum representation of work. The Residency program is partially subsidized at a nominal cost with 10 curatorial based Fellowships available. Please see ‘fees’ and ‘fellowships’ tab for more information on costs, what they cover and accommodations. 

Elsewhere is an unparalleled site for creative inquiry, join in the experiment of building new futures from old things!


Residencies are available during 5 sessions, each 2-4 weeks long with up to 7 residents at a time. All residencies must begin at the start date indicated with each session. 4-week residencies encouraged; 2 & 3-week research-based residencies also available:

FEBRUARY | 2.7 – 3.5

APRIL | 4.11 – 5.7

JUNE | 6.13 – 7.9

AUGUST | 8.15 – 9.10

OCTOBER | 10.10 – 11.5

***Elsewhere does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, expression or parents/guardians with children. Elsewhere shares a radically expansive understanding of creative practice and identity. To decolonize systemic cultures of intersectional, institutional oppression, we encourage queer creatives of color to apply. We strive for a diverse representation of voices, life experiences, views, and interests to reflect the collaborative community we have and wish to serve.

For more opportunities please visit: goelsewhere.org/apply



Elsewhere’s environment is highly stimulating, conceptual, and social – a space of incredible material density and continuous public activity. Composed of layers of artwork and objects, there are no white walls or private studios. Residents respond to present orders to make visible possible futures. The century-old inventory of objects forms a natural resource, archive, and seemingly infinite set of incredible things, available for thoughtful transformation.

The Museum is a public space and home. Residents live on the 2nd floor, which includes the artist-built boarding house and other installation works. The kitchen is centrally featured in the museum’s most public 1st floor, and exhibits Elsewhere’s organized, cooperative, living practices to visitors. Studios include a wood and textile workshop, new media lab, storefront theater, garden, and public kitchen inside the 150-year-old building. 

Elsewhere is situated in Greensboro, NC, a mid-sized rapidly changing southern city with progressive roots. With 5 universities and a tremendous historical and social legacy of textiles and civil rights, there is creative, critical work happening here. Elsewhere is an anchor within the south end of the downtown, among other non-profits, shops, eateries, an activist church, and entrepreneurial co-working makerspace.

We partner with social and justice organizations, neighborhood associations, public schools, non-profits, universities, and city departments. Elsewhere shares space with the local chapter of #BlackLivesMatter (Gate City), Ignite NC, NCCJ and is a site for community building, social organizing, and direct action. As a post-industrial, southern city with progressive roots, Greensboro citizens are actively invested in fostering social, economic, and racial equity through burgeoning arts-led economic development. These concerns have always been part of the city’s fabric.

For more on Elsewhere’s history, please visit our Story page.




The Residency program is partially subsidized but does have a nominal cost.  10 Fellowships are available (please see ‘fellowships’ tab for details). Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome but must be prepared to pay total costs/individual. A non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance, with the remaining balance due 3 months before arrival. All onsite residents must pay board: 

$500 flat Program Fee provides:

  • Elsewheres curatorial team who stewards the creative process, collection use and provides critical feedback, supports public events and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and our international network.
  • Access to museum tools, equipment, and workshops (carpentry, textiles, printing, paper, food, digital media). See Elsewhere’s list of equipment here.
  • Access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CnC routers, ceramics and welding facilities through Elsewheres membership with The Forge, a neighboring makerspace.
  • A budget of $50 for material incidentals necessary for artistic production.
  • Public engagement and programming opportunities.
  • Documentation, promotion, press and social media blasts. See examples here.
  • Presentation of work archived online and on-site. See examples of artist projects here.
  • Vast vintage material resources dating back to the early 20th century. Read more here.
  • A collaborative work environment to experiment and learn with fellow creatives.
  • Participation in E.T.C. (Elsewhere Tenured Collaborators), our international network of alumni artists. See past artists here.
  • Elsewhere Membership. See benefits here.

+ $70/week for Room provides 

  • A cozy private bednook in a shared boarding dormitory. See residential spaces here.

+$70/week for Board provides :

  • Access to the fully equipped Kitchen Commons. See kitchen info here.
  • Locally sourced vegetarian ingredients purchased and shopped for weekly through Elsewheres Food Co-op.
  • Organized community lunches 5 days/wk and do-it-yourself provisions 24 hours/7 days a week.

***All participants cook 1 day/wk, clean collectively after shared meals, join a weekly 30-min house meeting followed by a collective hr-long clean of common areas.

***We cannot accommodate significant others and/or collaborators, etc. who were not included in the original application. Non-Service pets are not accepted.

***Elsewhere, while rustic, had recent renovations, inclusive of HVAC, safety egress and evacuation systems (fire monitoring, alarms, sprinklers, exits), as well as ADA accessibility on the 1st floor. All bathrooms are single stall and gender neutral. Families and caregivers are welcome when possible. Please email for in-depth accommodations.



Resident RoomCreature ComfortsAngela Zammerilli (Easthampton, MA), Mary Rothlisberger (Palouse, WA), Jay Gamble (Greensboro, NC) 2012. Installation view. Museum collection textiles, assorted wood, found beds.

2011May24NH-Elsewhere0009Kitchen Commons, J. Morgan Puett (Beach Lake, PA) 2011. Installation view. Museum collection kitchen supplies, equipment, dishware.

FELLOWSHIPS Nameless, Hamida Khatri (Baltimore, MD) Baltimore Goes Elsewhere Fellow. August 2017. Process documentation. Marionette with found wood, piano keys, ribbon, wool. Photo Credit: Sophia Schultz

In 2019 Elsewhere is offering 10 Fellowships which sponsor the month-long residency (including room and board), provide a travel stipend, and $1000 honorarium. Fellows must be able to attend a whole session and commit fully to Elsewheres immersive residency experience.

Applicants eligible for these Fellowships are required to indicate so on the residency application and answer an additional question. Fellowships are strengthened through nominations from professional artists, curators, collectors, and university educators, but anyone eligible can apply.

Candidates are encouraged to express if they are interested in the residency without Fellowship support, as they are very competitive (10 offered, approx. 100 applications received).  Indicating interest in a residency regardless of Fellowship status will not factor in your review. 2019’s Fellowship programs are:

Southern Constellations (SoCo) Fellowships  | Provided to 5 applicants currently based or raised in the Southern United States (you must meet these criteria to be eligible to apply). SoCo strengthens the network of experimental art production in the South through dialogue with practitioners and organizers who have a relationship to its unique culture.

Exchange Fellowships  | Support connectivity between Elsewhere and an annually selected Metropol. The program seeks to highlight an exchange between Elsewhere and emerging ecologies of contemporary art production in select cities. This upcoming year 5 Exchange Fellowships are provided to Philadelphia creatives. To be eligible to apply for an Exchange Residency Fellowship, individuals must be based and actively invested in Philadelphia.



APPLYThe Still Lifes of Elsewhere, Dana Robinson (Gainesville, FL) April 2017. Handmade paper, transparency film, thread. Photo Credit: Gui Villalba Portel

The application for the 2019 residency season is now closed.

Elsewhere opens applications once a year in the Spring (2020 applications open Spring 2019). Please review all tabs on this webpage to ensure our program is the best fit for your needs. 


SELECTIONS: Elsewhere staff review applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are then reviewed by a dynamic group of arts professionals, neighbors and past residents. We take great care in this process to ensure committed, talented, diverse and engaged residents are chosen, and that all applications get adequate attention.

NOTIFICATION: All applicants will be informed of their status by December 2018. If you have not heard from us by this date, please contact residency@goelsewhere.org. 

PAYMENT: Finalists put down a non-refundable deposit of $250 (paid online) and sign a contract within a month of notification. This deposit and contract act as confirmation and are required to secure your spot. The deposit will go towards your residency fee with the remaining balance due 3 months before arrival.