Artist in Residence (AiR)

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Artist in Residence (AiR)

The residency program at Casa provides an opportunity for artists from across all disciplines to pursue their practice in a supportive, concentrated, community-based atmosphere. Open to artists with diverse experience levels, backgrounds and a variety of media including those in or recently graduated from undergraduate programs. 

Workshops, installations, open houses and artist talks are part of AiR community engagement program. Informal and friendly workshops allow you to create alongside artists. Open houses and artist talks with visiting artists allow for learning new perspectives and ways of seeing.  

Follow the AiR programming within the seasonal Casa Program Guide and events calendar for upcoming events.  

Maria Madacky stands in front of her artwork.

Who is in Residence?

This Winter, Casa will be hosting Noah Crowder, who creates textile art under the moniker Monster Boy, as part of the Artist in Residence (AiR) program from February 14 to March 14. 

Monster Boy creates fiber art sculptures that tell personal stories of his experiences with life, death and human performance. His art expresses how it feels to have a trans-male body, and how dehumanizing that can be. Using the soft material of wool to face the ‘soft-boy’ stereotype that comes along with being a transgender man. It’s important to Monster because the medium is thought of as crafty. When he was attending college for visual arts, mediums such as this one were looked down upon, and shunned. Seen as less than. Finding that kinship in felt, He uses it to face his own fears of being viewed as more feminine for creating with textiles, even though art mediums are ultimately ungendered. Through this, he works on the idea of dismantling unnecessary gender-biases for himself, and others who view the work.

Join Monster Boy for an ARTIST TALK & OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, February 23 from 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Casa Community Room.


Monster Boy will be leading a FELTING A FEELING WORKSHOP on Saturday, March 4 – $20 to register.

Application Process

Emerging artists find the Casa AiR program to be a welcoming place for those wanting to experience the residency process. Mid-career and established artists are also encouraged to apply as Casa provides space free of charge and will help to co-ordinate a number of public engagement opportunities. 

Please seek funding for travel, lodging and per diems from granting agencies as necessary. Successful candidates may request letters of support for their grant applications. 

Application deadline:  

Application deadlines occur January 15 and June 15 of each year. 

Submissions for the January 15 deadline will be programmed for a residency between June 15 and December 31.

Submission for the June 15 deadline will be programmed for a residency between January 15 and June 14 of the following year.