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BOOM Universe Residency 2021

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BOOM Universe Residency 2021



BOOM Concepts Presents: BOOM Universe Residency 2021


BOOM Concepts is a creative hub based in Pittsburgh dedicated to the advancement of Black/Brown, Femme, and Queer artists and creative entrenpenurs . BOOM Concepts serves as a space for field building, knowledge sharing, peer to peer mentorship, and storytelling. These actions in conjunction with our in house programs have provided a way for creatives to build their portfolio, expand their skill sets, and practice contemporarily for the past 7 years..

BOOM Concepts continues to adapt programming and be responsive to artists’ voices in an effort to maintain a strong presence in the Pittsburgh Arts community.  Working within the new norm of Covid-19 protocols, BOOM Concepts has continued to support artists in their creative endeavors and provide them a space to develop, expand, show and sell  their work.  

For BOOM Concepts’ 2021 season and in response to the COVID19 Pandemic, the Unblurred First Friday Gallery Crawl has been transformed into a new on-site residency program titled BOOM Universe.  BOOM Universe is supported by The Opportunity Fund, The Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Fund, and the R.K. Mellon Fund. The BOOM Universe Program offers the following supports to all selected artists:

  • 60 Day Residency
  • $1000 artist stipend
  • On-Site Installation support 
  • On Site Studio @ BOOM Concepts
  • Professional documentation of work
  • 7 Day BOOM Concepts Instagram Takeover 
  • 2 Proposal Development Sessions (grant, residency, public art RFQ)
  • 1 CV Audit 
  • BOOM Store BIGartSALE (1 full weekend artist focused sales push)
  • Access to BOOM Campus (wood shop, printshop, paint library, metal shop, recording studio, and more!)
  • Workshops on Legal Strategies for Creative Business provided by Law Office of Jacqueline Walker
  • Unlimited Yoga Motif Digital Yoga Studio Membership


Steps for Interested Artists:

  1. Learn about BOOM Concepts – follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  2. Ask yourself: Am I Black, Brown, Queer or Femme?  If not – maybe consider sending this opportunity to somebody who is. 
  3. Think about “what, why and how” you would like to work on a concept for 60 days.
  4. Submit the following items:
  • Artist CV or Resume 
  • Sample work: Submit sample work of past and current projects.  Sample work can include but is not limited to photos, videos, gifs, writing samples, audio tracks, etc. The work submitted should represent your aesthetic, values, and artistic direction. Files and Hyperlinks should be labeled as clearly as possible, including timestamps if needed.  
  • Provide a 1-2 paragraph cover letter describing your proposed residency project.  Identify areas of growth and how BOOM Concepts can support and incubate your creative practice. Please be as detailed as possible. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Please submit your CV/Resume to boomconcepts1@gmail.com, subject “BOOM Universe Residency 2021”