Labor Residency 2020

Far right image: courtesy of Stephanie Syjuco

Applications for the 2020 Labor Residency are now closed. The 2021 Residency Theme will be announced January 2020.

From January 2020 through November 2020, SFAI is bringing together artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world that consider what vitality, prosperity, and sustainability might look like beyond profit; to envision new systems for “making a living” that elevate all of humanity and infuse our world with freedom, compassion, and harmony; and that reflect the profoundly generative acts of labor.


Labor Jurors

Roberto Bedoya / Manager, Cultural Affairs, City of Oakland

Liz Cohen / Associate Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Edie Dillman / SFAI Board Member / Director Strategy + Communications, Innovate+Educate

Eliza Myrie / Founder, Lecturer, Artist

Andrew Simonet / Founder, Artists U

Andrea Steves / Artist & Curator, Fictilis

Guiding Questions

  • How can art and creative action conscientiously expand public discourse around the intersections of gender, race, and class with the economic and political dynamics of labor?
  • How might artists’ enduring relationship to emotional, intellectual, and immaterial labor improve the recognition and valuation of invisible or marginalized forms of social and cultural production?
  • How can we creatively envision and enact bold new models of labor, distinct from dominant global reliance on wages, commodities, and privatized production, and which instead embrace radically humane, inclusive, and collaborative efforts.


The core of SFAI’s International Thematic Residency Program is a curated community of diverse creative practitioners living and working together within a shared space, and which requires good interpersonal abilities. All of our programming and partnerships are designed to support thought-provoking conversations and inspire action around social justice, cultural freedom, and environmental responsibility in a safe and supportive space where the sharing of diverse experiences and approaches is celebrated.

SFAI has a zero tolerance policy on discrimination and is deeply committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectation, and expression, physical ability or disability.

SFAI asks our staff, residents, fellows and board members who identify as white to openly acknowledge our privilege and take responsibility in educating ourselves – not to rely on people of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, or otherwise marginalized, underrepresented or oppressed communities to do the work for us – and instead to actively cultivate our sensibilities and behaviors as true allies.

Before applying, we ask all applicants to consider their own cultural sensitivity, emotional intelligence, and the ways in which they will personally contribute to and benefit from engaging in this environment.

To read more about SFAI’s values and ongoing efforts to foster inclusivity, please visit About.