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Villa Albertine, in partnership with the Institut du monde arabe and the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, is launching a new program and prize to support artistic and intellectual exchange between the United States, France, and the Arab world.
The Recanati-Kaplan Prize will be awarded to one creator, cultural expert, or scholar in recognition of their achievements throughout their career, and in support of their proposed residency project in the United States. This project must be related to a major contemporary issue that affects both the United States and the Arab world.
A two-month residency in a US city shall be offered to the winner, along with a $15,000 grant.
Entries may be submitted by November 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (Paris time).[You can download the PDF document of the call for applications in arabic here.]
- Applications are open to any creator, cultural expert, or scholar from the Arab world proposing an original research project in the realm of arts and ideas that would require an immersive visit to the United States.
- Applicants must hold the nationality of one of the following countries: Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, or Yemen.
- Applicants must demonstrate fluency in English.
- Applicants must be available in the future to complete a two-month residency in the fall of 2023 (i.e. at any time between the months of September and December 2023).
- Applications may only be submitted on an individual basis. Group applications shall not be accepted.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age prior to the proposed start date of their residency.
- Applicants must be able to adapt to potential constraints of their proposed residency location. For example, it is strongly advised that they hold a driver’s license if traveling to large metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
- The residency shall take place in one of Villa Albertine’s ten cities. The resident will develop their project in conjunction with the region and the locals living in their chosen city.
- The cities where Villa Albertine has established a permanent branch are: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC. A summary of each city may be found here.
Residency project type
- Proposed projects must address a societal issue that resonates both in the United States and the Arab world.
- Applicants are advised to propose their exploratory residency project within a US city that would foster original artistic or intellectual reflection not likely to be developed elsewhere. The concept of the exploratory residency project should not be thought of as indoor desk work, but rather as a field investigation that inspires and builds new connections. The project’s value lies in its relationship to the location. As such, meetings, visits, events, and exchanges will all help enrich the work carried out.
- The residency is not limited to one specific form, e.g. material art, as would be the case with a production-based residency.
- All disciplines related to the arts, culture, and ideas are welcome: visual arts, design, architecture, performing arts, music, cinema, digital creation, fiction writing, comics, social sciences, etc.
Support from Villa Albertine
A schedule of meetings, visits, and events shall be drawn up for the resident, in accordance with their project and requirements. Villa Albertine will support the resident by offering its expert knowledge of the local artistic and cultural scene, as well as putting the resident in contact with its network of partners.
Villa Albertine will cover program-related travel and living expenses through the following arrangements:
– A residency stipend for daily living expenses, calculated according to the local cost of living (e.g. $100 per day in New York);
– Round-trip travel to the US from the resident’s home country;
– Car rental, if necessary, depending on the proposed location;
– Health, civil liability, and repatriation insurance.
Villa Albertine cannot cover any costs other than the above-mentioned travel and living expenses.
The criteria for assessing an application are:
- Quality of the applicant’s overall work – Do they practice their artistic or intellectual work on a professional basis? Are they recognized by peers in their field? Is their project for Villa Albertine a logical continuation of their research objectives? Do they match the desired “applicant profile,” according to the conditions defined above?
- Quality of the project – Does the project address a contemporary issue that resonates both in the United States and in the Arab world? Are the project’s artistic, cultural, and intellectual approaches clear and relevant? Does the project present a strong connection to the dynamics of the applicant’s proposed city of residency such that it would require them to travel to the United States?
- Project feasibility: Villa Albertine reserves the right not to accept projects that it would not be properly equipped to support.
Application process Applications are to be submitted by email to
no later than November 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (Paris time).
They must contain the following elements, each completed in English:
- Completed applicant information form, which may be downloaded via this link
- Presentation of the applicant’s career and work in PDF format, limited to 10 pages and 10 MB (e.g. résumé and summary of a small selection of projects related to the project thematic.) Statement indicating whether the applicant holds a driver’s license;
- Three-minute video of the applicant speaking in English – This video shall be used to confirm the applicant’s proficiency in English, but also presents an opportunity for the applicant to introduce themselves and speak about their project for the Recanati-Kaplan Prize, without reading from a prepared text. This should be uploaded as an “unlisted” video to a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, available to view only by those who have the required link. If the applicant decides to protect their video with a password, this should be provided with the application. The video link (and password, if applicable) must be shared at the beginning of the PDF presenting your project (cf. following point);
- Presentation text summarizing the proposed residency project (two pages or less) – The project must demonstrate the applicant’s interest in participating in the residency program, and propose an innovative research project on societal themes linking the United States, the Arab world, and France. The link to the video presentation in English must be indicated at the beginning of this document.
Any applications deemed incomplete or failing to meet these conditions will not be considered. Any untruthful representations will automatically render the application null and void.
Applicants will be informed of their status in December 2022.
Villa Albertine will not host any resident who is unable to meet the requirements for entry into the United States.
Created in 2010 by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati-Kaplan, the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation supports the development of initiatives of excellence in four areas: the protection of our biodiversity; research in medical sciences; the teaching of history and philosophy; and cultural, artistic, and intellectual bridge-building between the Arab world, France and the United States.
Institut du monde arabe
The Institut du monde arabe was founded in 1980 by France and the League of Arab States to promote and highlight Arab culture in all its forms. Housed in a building designed by the eminent architect Jean Nouvel and Architecturestudio, this genuine hub of encounters and exchanges opened its doors in 1987. For the past 35 years, the Institut du monde arabe has continued to strengthen cultural, political, economic, and social connections between France and the Arab world.