The LAB at ArtYard

Jul 16—23, 2023

The LAB at ArtYard is a new social practice residency that brings together artists from different disciplines to learn and experiment with ways to integrate social practice work with new art forms. The residency is a partnership of Frenchtown-based ArtYard and New Brunswick-based coLAB Arts.

Selected artists in residence in 2023 include Vanezza Cruz, Jin Jung, Elsa Mora, Catie Rogers, Ghislaine Sabiti, and David Seamon.

In its inaugural year, the residency will center on veterans and veteran issues. Invited artists will learn how to conduct and document oral histories and will be paired with local veterans who will share their story. The artists will work with researchers and experts to look into overlapping themes from the stories, providing insight into how personal experiences tie into larger structural or policy challenges facing community members.

The artists will then come together for a weeklong residency in Frenchtown to turn the stories into Crankies, a hand-cranked box that reveals a paper scroll that tell a story as it unfurls. The residency culminates in a live performance at ArtYard’s McDonnell Theater.

ArtYard’s partner in the residency is coLAB Arts, an arts organization which engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.