Camika Spencer, Ebony Lewis, Jessica Bell, and Linda Jones are the recipients of the South Dallas Cultural Center’s Juanita J. Craft Artist residency for 2022. Spencer, Lewis, Bell, and Jones are the third cohort of artists to participate in the neighborhood-based art program.
The residency aims for artists to “contribute to the cultural and artistic impact of the South Dallas community.” The program encourages artists to approach their work through a multidisciplinary perspective, conducting engagement and research from community members as well as local organizations and institutions to help inform their work.
Spencer, Lewis and Bell will produce work in the fields of visual arts. Jones’ project will draw from the disciplines of writing and performance art.
Nitashia Johnson, alumni of the Junita J. Craft residency, created The Beauty of South Dallas during her time with the program. Her project chronicled the history of South Dallas through images and stories from residents, small business owners, and community leaders. Johnson was the inaugural recipient of the Juanita J. Craft residency in 2020.
Inyang Essien, Glyneisha Johnson, Adriane McCray, and Laura Neal were the recipients for 2021.
Each recipient receives a budget based on the honorarium for their residency period. Artists have the ability to determine the duration of their residency. After completing their projects, artists will showcase their work to the SDCC staff and community.
Spencer and Bell’s residency runs from August to September. Jones’ and Lewis’ residency starts in October and ends in December.
Click here to learn more about the artists selected for the program.