What exactly is an art residency?

An art residency (or an artist-in-residency program) is a place that provides artists the time and space to create new work. Some residencies host one artist at a time; some host 50. Some are in the heart of a bustling metropolis; some are on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere. There are around 1,500 art residencies around the world, and there really is no one-model-fits-all.

Wait, so does Bubo Arts actually exist, or not?

On paper, yes. In physical form, not yet. In January of 2018 we filed for our 501(c)(3) status with the IRS and will receive a verdict by June.

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Why are you accepting applications if you don’t actually exist yet?

We’ve received a lot of applications from interested artists. We created a submission form to get a sense of what kinds of artists would be interested in coming, how long they would want to stay, what kind of projects they would want to work on, and generally how much interest there is in the idea of Bubo Arts. We’re pretty excited to have generated this much interest already.

What does “bubo” mean?

Bubo is a genus of owl (and also the name of the mechanical owl from the original Clash of the Titans). Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, always had a small owl on her shoulder. The exact meaning behind this has been lost over the centuries, but this is believed to be how the owl came to be synonymous with knowledge and wisdom. Also, bubo is just a fun word to say!