Cannonball’s Residency Program is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary program that empowers Miami’s cultural producers and sustains the city’s position as a hotbed for contemporary art by infusing the community with artists and arts professionals from around the globe. In an effort to create a new model of cultural exchange in a city popular for its beaches, night life, and art fairs the Residency Program offers artists the first formal live/work environment in Miami. The primary focus of the Residency Program is two-fold: 1) provide long-term, affordable live/work space for Miami artists and 2) offer international artists, scholars, designers, and other cultural producers year-round opportunities to research, create new work, and respond to issues at stake in South Florida.
Founded in October 2010 and generously supported by major grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Residency Program is comprised of six live/work spaces. Three of the studio spaces are dedicated to year-long residencies for Miami artists and cultural producers and three are for one-to-three month residencies by visiting national/international artists, curators, writers, scholars, museum professionals, designers, and other cultural producers.
Hosting approximately 15 residents per year, Cannonball complements the Residency Program with a broad menu of educational and professional development services for residents. In Fall 2014, Cannonball will inaugurate its R.A.D. program, an alternative school that will host a faculty of international artists, theorists, and curators. Semester-long courses and intensive seminars will be offered throughout the year. Residents are welcome to participate in all R.A.D.-related programming. Through regular, structured programs such as workshops, presentations, and one-on-one consultations with attorneys, gallerists, and arts professionals, residents receive the tools and knowledge to advance their careers. In addition, residents receive technical and administrative support as needed from Cannonball staff.
Current and previous participants in the Local Residency Program include: Carlos Ascurra (Viking Funeral), Reed van Brunschot, Felecia Carlisle, Domingo Castillo, Pachi Giustinian, Patricia Hernandez (the end/spring break), Jiae Hwang, Lucas Leyva (Borsch Corp.), Monica and Tasha Lopez de Victoria (TM Sisters), Jillian Mayer, Joseriberto Perez, Manny Prieres, Olivia Ramos, Amanda Sanfilippo, and Pioneer Winter.
Housed in a former warehouse built in 1924, Cannonball is conveniently located in downtown Miami, Florida. Residents occupy the third floor of the building which was renovated by artist Daniel Arsham and architect Alex Mustonen, co-founders of Snarkitecture, New York. Each live/work studio (measuring approximately 600 square feet) is outfitted with polished concrete floors, large warehouse windows, high-speed internet, and other modern amenities. In addition to the six residency studios, the third floor features a communal kitchen, dining, and lounge areas designed as an open, flex space to facilitate organic movement, use, and interaction among residents. The fourth floor is also designed with an open-floor plan and accommodates Cannonball’s administrative offices and program space.
Cannonball is located at 1035 North Miami Avenue in downtown Miami. The transitional, urban neighborhood is home to commercial, residential, and cultural activities, including restaurants, bars, and night clubs. The cultural landscape is rooted by established arts organizations, such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum Miami, and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). These amenities, coupled with nearby artist-run studios and exhibition spaces, enrich the live/work experience of Cannonball’s residents.
The Call for Applications for the 2015 Local Residency program is now open. Applications will be accepted through August 4, 2014. Applications for the 2015 Visiting Residency will be available in late August. Check back soon!