What is the application process like in full?


Applications for Cycle 11 of AIR will open on January 14, 2019. Applicantions must be filled out, online, through the submission form by the deadline (March 19, 2020 for Cycle 11). The application asks basic question about your experience, interests, and – most importantly – your desire for participating in the program.  Make sure to sign up for TAC's mailing list to be alerted when the application opens.

After the deadline, all applications will be reviewed by a jury commitee. After this first round of selections, we will contact those we’d like to bring in for an interview. If you are not selected at this point, you will receive an email and we do encourage you to apply again in the future.

Interviews will be held during the month of April for Cycle 11. By June 1, all interviewed candidates will be contacted about their acceptance status. 

Accepted applicants must notify TAC of their official acceptance of the AIR seat no later than June 1.

Cycle 11 will start in the beginning of October 2019 with an official orientation.


What file format should submitted materials be?

The online application will accept most image, video and audio file formats.  If you are having trouble with the system, please let us know before the deadline via email! Do not wait until the last minute.

Portfolios should include up to 10 images of your best work, and the work that most relates to the residency and what you would hope to accomplish during the program. 


Who should recommendation letters be written by? And addressed to?


Your recommendation letters should come from those who know your creative work well, but also have an understanding of your work ethic, and ability to work in a community of artists and designers. We suggest that you let them see your application answers before writing your recommendation letter. Letters must include contact information for the author, so we can contact them if we have any questions.

Recommendation letters can simply be addressed to “the selection committee” or “to whom it may concern.”


What if I am not currently in New York and get invited for an interview?


We strongly prefer that candidates be able to have an in-person interview, but definitely understand that this is not always possible. In these cases we will schedule a Skype interview. We cannot hold phone interviews, and will need the video capability so we can actually “interact” with you in some way and get to know you. Phones just don’t cut it.


What are interviews like? Who conducts them?


Interviews are conducted by the Kelly Valletta and Isa Rodrigues, Co-Executive Directors, and possibly another jury member.

Interviews are typically about 30-40 minutes. Applicants should be ready to discuss their past work, and must be familiar with their application answers — particularly those related to the reasons for wanting to participate in the program, and what they hope to accomplish professionally and creatively.


How does financial aid work?


At the time, we are not able to offer any financial aid. However, we encourage applicants to begin researching third-party funding by the time of application, including artist grants, loans, credit, or other. Here is a brief list of some places to look for grants and resources:


Chenven Foundation 

Brooklyn Arts Council 

New York Foundation for the Arts

Handweaver’s Guild of America

Foundation Center

The Harpo Foundation

Fractured Atlas

New York Artists Online

The Awesome Foundation

Women Arts


What kind of time commitment is the AIR program? Can I work while going through the program?


We expect that accepted residents are making the program a priority for the full cycle. It is an intensive professional development program that will take a lot of your mental capacity and time. We believe it is worth that effort and investment in you and your work.

However, we do know life goes on and NYC is a tough place to survive and be creative. We want this program to work for artists and designers as a complement to their lives – not take them out of it, or bring them down. We absolutely accept candidates that have full or part time jobs. 

Critiques and class times are twice per week, generally which totals to about 6 hours per week. Monday evenings are critique nights, while class evenings vary throughout the cycle based on instructor availability (but are usually  on Thursday evenings or weekends) Residents are updated on dates far in advance, and given a calendar to work around.

We expect and recommend that residents spend about 15-20 additional hours per week in their studio on their work. Residents have 24/7 access to their studios, so weekends and late nights are totally okay.


Do you have applicants who have traveled to NYC just for the program?


Yes! We have had a few residents move to NYC just for the duration of the program. Generally, this is very doable for those who are US citizens, or are already here with a visa that is longer than a tourist visa.


If accepted to the program, what does the year look like at a glance?


Cycle 11 dates are October 2019 – June 30 2020. 


October – December are the “Play” period — residents go through a set of technical classes to get their creativity going, get aquainted with their studio and peers, and expose them to potentially new processes. Critical dialogue at this time is each week, as a group, and is also complimented by some writing workshops.

January – March is about History and Craft Theory. Residents have weekly classes in textile history and contemporary craft theory to help place their work in a larger context. Critical dialogue during this time is mostly with visiting guest critics on a weekly basis as a group. This is also the time to get serious about your final project — what will be exhibited in the fall after you “graduate” the program. Residents are paired with a mentor with whom they work with throughout this period as a continuous critical voice to help guide the visual and conceptual elements of the final work. At the end of March, each resident will present a proposal of their final project, which they will dedicate their time to during the last three months.

April – June is for professional development workshops, including grant writing for individuals, basics of business, approaching galleries and boutiques, and more. At this time, residents dive into their final project leading up to final crit in mid-June. 

The final group show takes place in the fall and dates are announced generally in March of each cycle.


Have a question for an AIR alum about their experience?


Here’s a few you should feel free to contact:



Lucia Cuba -



If you still have questions, feel free to email Isa Rodrigues,