Please provide a description of the project. How will the project be implemented and what activities will take place?

The "International Yurt Art Residency" program was founded by artist Eriko Tsogo. The residency program explores artists relation to the built and natural world in the era of superabundant capital, in which corporate profits are disconnected from local economies and artists are deployed to grace and animate the enterprise. Far from benign, art and real estate intersect at a global crossroads of wealth creation that accelerates inequality and ecological degradation.

Against a backdrop of the ever-expanding portfolio of initiatives undertaken by municipal leaders and real estate developers in various urban centers in the US and internationally to deploy the arts as a catalyst for economic growth, through this residency, artists aims to look at what other more symbiotic models may look like.

The International Yurt Art Residency program aims to find creative solutions to the effects of inequality, lack of multicultural diversity and ecological degradation caused by the global crossroads of art and real estate.

The residency will take the form of a two way think-tank/rural and urban studio models of cross-discipline and cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

Selected artists will get support from the International Yurt Art Residency headquarters in Denver and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and have option to develop projects while taking part in weekly discussions, meetings, and mentored workshops with key professionals in the built environment, including climate and soil scientists, real estate financiers, municipal leaders, land use and policy experts, and others. Artists can apply and develop their creative practice and processes around issues such as climate change, sustainable housing, and the transitioning relationship of the city to exurban peripheries. Projects may range from litigation to public education to coalition building to grassroots mobilization to policy-driven research.

What problem or social justice issue does your project seek to address?

Artists today are key actors in bringing vitality back to the land, taking back their towns, and re-envisioning their communities future. The International Yurt Art Residency program explores artists relation to the built and natural world in the era of superabundant capital where corporate profits are disconnected from local economies and artists deployed to animate the enterprise. Art and real estate intersect at a global crossroads of wealth creation that accelerates inequality and ecological degradation.

In this project, what is the role that the arts play in addressing the problem or social justice issue you identified above?

The International Yurt Art Residency program aims to disrupt the status quo in order to create communal meaning and cultural integrity among indigenous cultural groups thereby allowing opportunity for creative solutions to social problems on a cross-cultural platform.

The residency program is part of larger effort to encourage artistic exchange, enrichment through diversity and cross cultural exchange between two distinct cultures to devise creative capitol art solutions to social issues surrounding theme of "urbanization and the loss of the natural world/man" through the exchange and merging of lands. The artist exchange acts as binding solution between two-exchange culture.

Timeline & Milestones of the Project

Project Dates (Start & End):

(Dates loosely proposed, will vary) Minimum 2 weeks to Maximum 3 month international art residency program running from (either) May - August 2019 (Summer Term) or January - May 2020 (Spring Term).

In which country(ies) will your project take place?

SECTOR 1: *USA Artist Exchange. Special sector reserved only for Colorado state artists. For this residency option, Colorado artists residing/based in "urban" locations will do an "RURAL INTERNAL HOME EXCHANGE" which consist of receiving fully funded one-month residency at the renowned Shambhala Mountain Center campus in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Based on the 2019 Colorado pilot residency year, the artist-in-residence program aspires to expand nationally moving forward which would allow artists to apply from around the United States.

SECTOR 2: USA and Mongolia, Mongolia and the World. Once SECTOR 1 pilot programming is successfully implemented, SECTOR 2 will take effect. For this residency option, per each residency term, two artists - one Colorado artist / one Mongolian artist will be selected to do an international "RURAL EXTERNAL HOME EXCHANGE" which will allow each artist to receive partial to fully funded, one to three-month residency experience in each others host countries as both artists live in a traditional Mongolian Yurt for shelter/studio use throughout their residency. The SECTOR 2 option of the International Yurt Art Residency program offers artists a fully immersive artistic and cultural exchange experience in a foreign cultural setting unknown to each other.

SECTOR 2 residency option is offered in two sub-program categories in either “advocacy" or "traditional" art residency formats. Both formats vary minimum 2 weeks to maximum 2 months. Traditional art residency experience focuses on experiential exchange experience between Colorado and Mongolia artists while the "advocacy" residency may be partnered with host country organization in the host country.

Residency specifications for proposed summer 2019 launch date:

Program host location A - Colorado, USA (Internal/Local. Only open to Colorado artists.)

Program host location B - Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (External/International. Only once SECTOR 1/local residency programming has been successfully implemented will SECTOR 2 Program host location B programming take effect.)

(*Host country locations vary based on available program funding and residency term dates.)

Program partnership selection criteria:

- Seeking cross-cultural organizations or businesses with land characteristics

- “Residency Program Host Organization or Place of Business” must have fully realized facilities and be willing to share with the selected Artist Residents. Facility options including food, amenities, host organization/business programming, and any other extracurricular cross-partnership/thematic activities.

- For each residency terms, one host location must be located in rural area and one in urban area to instigate artistic dialogue between two artists.