Twelve Literary Arts 

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Glenville Artist-in-Residence Program


Twelve Literary Arts seeks three artists who will be provided apartments at the newly-renovated Madison Building in Cleveland's historic Glenville neighborhood. The apartments are offered at a reduced rental rate of $700 per month.

The Glenville Artist-in-Residence program is for emerging and mid-career artists working in various media arts disciplines, including drawing, film, installation, literature, music, new media, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

Artists interested in applying for the residency must provide the following:

  1. Bio and Description of proposed arts project
  2. Artist Resume or CV
  3. Work Sample
  4. Two current professional work references (a reference from a current employer is preferred, but not essential)

Twelve Literary Arts, an organization that has developed what it calls “an ecosystem for literary artists of color in Northeast Ohio and beyond”. In so doing, TLA seeks to ensure that the artists residing in the apartments of the Robert P. Madison Building at GAC will contribute to the GAC ecosystem as artists-in-residence; making it a true “arts campus” in every sense of the term.

Residents selected for the program will explore ways in which their work can impact campus, community, and city alike. In selecting the resident, preference is given to artistic practices that:

  • Examine themes relevant to the Glenville community
  • Encourage open, ongoing, and active community participation in culture-based collective transformation and change
  • Engage issues of race and ethnicity, including, but not limited to, questions of discrimination, anti-racism, and institutional manifestations
  • Privilege teaching methodologies as an integral part of the creative process
  • Deepen understandings of race, class, gender, and sexualities, as well as their interconnections and implications

About Robert P. Madison Architect of the historic Madison Building

Robert P. Madison is the first African American architect in the state of Ohio. In 1954, Madison founded the architecture firm that still stands today, Robert P Madison International, Inc. In 1962, Madison designed the first office in Ohio for Black medical professionals and has since been remodeled and renamed The Madison in his honor. 

To schedule a viewing of the apartments, or for more information about The Glenville Artist-in-Residence Program

contact Twelve Literary Arts Executive Artistic Director, Daniel Gray-Kontar at

[email protected]

The Glenville Artist-in-Residence Program is made possible thanks to the generosity of The ClevelandFoundation.