CTRI Innovations Residency
Providence RI USA 2018
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Apply now for the CTRI Innovations Residency, a limited residency program offered by Mothers News / Rhododendron Festival / Jacob Berendes, in which I take you out to a coffee shop and buy you a cup of coffee (or tea), we talk for a little bit, and maybe walk around a little, maybe not. There is no other aspect to this residency and it lasts for the duration of a regular "let's get a cup of coffee" session (an hour? half an hour?). There is no travel allotment or stipend beyond one cup of coffee (or tea), but depending on where we go, refills may be available at no additional cost. Fancy coffee drinks (latte et al) are not an option, sorry. Iced coffee OK. CTRI stands for "Coffee/Tea Rhode Island".
For the moment the residency is limited to people who operate (in any capacity) in a field in which residency programs are not uncommon- artists, writers, cartoonists, musicians, scientists, curators, etc.. You don't have to be "a pro" by any means but "So, what are you working on?" should be considered as viable baseline conversation. This residency is open to people I know, people I don't know, people I kind of know, and even to people with whom I already have a regular "let's get coffee" practice. Due to limited resources this residency is not open to people to whom I am "some random guy"-- strangers are very welcome but an awareness of previous works (Mothers News etc.) is required. You do not have to live in Rhode Island but you have to be able to physically transport yourself here somehow.
The residency can occur at any coffee shop in Providence except Starbucks, which I reject on ideological grounds. Dunkies ok. The default coffee shop is Seven Stars on Broadway, even though they have been consistently changing their operation in ways that make it worse (no more individualized hats, the new sign looks bad, the new white mugs are much worse than the old blue mugs). Although recently they switched their coffee to a worse flavor and then switched back, so who knows, maybe they'll bring back the hats. An incomplete list of possible shops is maintained here: [link].
This residency does not cost anything to do or to apply to. This is a real thing and people who have completed this residency are welcome to put this on their curriculum vitae.
To apply, please copy the below into an email, fill in the required areas, and send to email@example.com, with subject heading: "COFFEE RESIDENCY". Then we can hash out the details. Even for people that I already know (even if well) I would appreciate it if you would fill out the application completely. Otherwise we're like, "just hanging out", which is cool but different. It's OK to apply for a date way in advance, especially if there's a date in the future you know you're going to be in Rhode Island. Fridays are unavailable, sorry. "CTRI Innovations Residency" is an anagram for "ORDINARINESS CONNECTIVITY". The picture above is unrelated. Thank you!
Mothers News / RF
Copy this form into an email, fill it out completely, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
, with subject heading "COFFEE RESIDENCY". Most residencies don't tell you this but if you do a sloppy or casual job on this incredibly easy application, or indicate that you have not read all the text above, your application will not be considered.
SCREEN NAME / BAND NAME / COMMON PSEUDONYM:
COFFEE SHOP PREFERENCE / PLACE YOU WANT TO TRY (OK TO SAY "NO PREF"):
ZONE PREFERENCE [ EAST SIDE / WEST SIDE / SOUTH SIDE / OTHER / ANY ZONE ]:
LIST DATE RANGES YOU ARE OR MAY BE AVAILABLE:
IT HAS TO BE [ MORNING (9-10AM) / NOONISH / COFFEE II (4PM) / ACTUAL MORNING (7AM) ]:
HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS RESIDENCY PROGRAM:
PERSONAL MESSAGE / EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE / RELEVANT CONCERN / NOTE:
DELETE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING THAT *DON'T* APPLY FOR YOU:
-- I'M PROBABLY GOING TO GET A TEA
-- I NEED, LIKE, "GOOD" COFFEE
-- I'M ONLY DOING THIS TO GIVE YOU A HARD TIME
-- I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT YOU BUT THIS IS A NEAT IDEA
-- I'M COOL
A short and incomplete list of coffee spots in Providence is maintained here: [link]
A list of previous artists-in-residence is maintained here: [link]
Providence on Google Maps: [link]
Coffee on Wikipedia: [link]
Rhododendron Festival: [link]
influences for this residency program include:
Joong Boo Residency [link]
Robert Pickle listserv email that went something to the effect of "I will show up at your house with a six pack, we will sit on the porch and drink it, I will leave."