Artist in Residence 2018-19

Artist Christine Wong Yap is the Haas Institute's first Artist in Residence

We are excited to announce Christine Wong Yap as the Haas Institute's first Artist in Residence. Yap is a project-based artist who explores psychological wellbeing through mediums that include printmaking, drawing, sculpture, installation, and social practice.

Yap's work was chosen out of 70 applicants whose work represented a wide range of practices, disciplines, and mediums. The review panel was composed of visionary practitioners and thinkers in the field; Diana Falchuk (artist, Manager of Arts and Racial Equity, City of Seattle, and member of the Government Alliance for Racial Equity), Brett Cook (artist, educator, and board member of A Blade of Grass), and Roberto Bedoya (writer and Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland). 

During her year as the Institute's Artist in Residence, Yap will oversee a participatory, site-specific project that aims to reveal the pivotal places, activities, communities, and experiences that shape Bay Area residents’ connectedness to a neighborhood and region. Through writing workshops and an open call, Yap will map out where participants feel belonging and commemorate these places with letterpress printed, hand lettered certificates, as well as an atlas of belonging featuring maps and participants’ descriptions in their own words. 

"I've been exploring belonging as a way to understand how people feel connected to a place and a country, and how this connection shapes their authentic selves and subjective wellbeing," Yap explained. "I hope to develop a project that reflects the best of the Bay Area: thoughtfulness, experimentation, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion."

The Artist in Residence is a new position created to further the Haas Institute's work in Othering and Belonging and integrate with our focus on arts and culture as a way to advance our vision of inclusion and belonging. The residency supports artists to create original work that illuminates and advances our understanding of belonging in new and complex ways. 

As the Institute's new Artist in Residence, Yap's work will be presented at our bi-annual Othering & Belonging conference in 2019, as well as on our various online and print channels.

About the Review Process

The first Artist in Residence call was met with a tremendous response of artists that covered a wide array of practices, disciplines, and mediums. The reviewers were asked to review the applications according to the following rubric:

  • Does the project explore the relationship of structural belonging and the dynamic qualities of being human in powerful and clear ways?

  • Does the project have dialogue as a core component of the process?

  • Does the project demonstrate a process that is inclusive and transformative?

  • Does the project result in visually compelling, high quality outcomes?



First image photo credit: Ramina MacGregor
Second image photo credit: 
Apolo Gomez


The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is pleased to announce an open call for its first Artist in Residence program. 

Photo: Taro Hattori's Rolling Counterpoint at Othering & Belonging, 2017

About the Haas Institute

The Haas Institute is a vibrant network of researchers and community partners. The Institute is a national leader in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement to produce change and make a meaningful impact.

The work of the Institute is guided by a focus on “Othering and Belonging.” We seek to deter, prevent and remediate othering, while promoting, expanding and institutionalizing belonging as not only a core value, but as policy, best practice, and an opportunity to envision an inclusive and fair society. 

The Othering and Belonging framework has allowed us to better articulate intersections that generate unique positions of marginality, domains in which othering occurs as well as the forces that generate inequality from public finance to immigration and incarceration.

The Haas Institute's work promotes belonging by designing systems of structural inclusion and identifying fundamental structures, systems, and institutions that inhibit a genuine and inclusive sense of belonging. The Institute's diverse array of work and inquiry areas are uniquely aligned to create belonging and identify its barriers.

About the Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence is a new position created to further our work in Othering and Belonging and integrate with the Institute's focus on arts and culture as a primary way to advance our collective vision of inclusion and belonging. The first Artist in Residence will be selected by a diverse group of public artists, advocates, and partners from the Haas Institute and its network. The work of the selected Artist in Residence should seek to advance and expand our concept of belonging at the nexus of being human and the systems and structures that operationalize structural inclusion. 

Belonging is deeply ontological—it speaks to who we are and who we can be. We recognize that stories, symbols, relationships, and rituals are central to a sense of belonging. They also motivate, frame, and ground the systems, political parties, laws, and actions that either advance belonging or enforce othering. 

The residency supports artists to create original work. The chosen artist’s project and process will illuminate and advance our understanding of belonging in new and complex ways. In particular, we are interested in works that explore practices of dialogue. The work will be presented at the Institute’s bi-annual Othering & Belonging conference in 2019, but should engage a broader audience through process and/or outcomes.

The Artist in Residence will be awarded with $10,000 in unrestricted funds.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Artists or artist collectives working independently of a 501c3 nonprofit are eligible. If you are working under a registered 501c3, you are not eligible to apply.

  • If you are a collective, you must submit one application. Multiple applications for collectives are not permitted

We are interested in projects that:

  • Explore the relationship of structural belonging and the dynamic qualities of being human

  • Have dialogue as a core component of the process

  • Demonstrate a process that is inclusive and transformative

  • Results in visually compelling, high quality outcomes

What you can expect as the artist:

  • A platform for sharing completed work at the Othering and Belonging conference (expected 1,500 in-person visitors)

  • Amplification of the work through our online presence and publications such as the Journal of Othering and Belonging, the Haas Institute news magazine, and other methods of digital media

  • Support from the Institute’s Arts and Cultural Strategy Coordinator Evan Bissell and Communications Director Rachelle Galloway-Popotas throughout the process

  • A $10,000 honorarium (Additional funds for materials will be considered based on the selection of the project)

The first round of our open call requires you to submit the following:            

  • A 500-word letter of intent that describes your proposed project

  • A link to a website that showcases your project or body of work. If no URL is available, submit 10 or fewer images, or up to three  minutes of video that shows your body of work.

  • A CV, or multiple CVs if applying as a collective

  • Submit all the above to with the subject line: Application for Artist in Residence

Timeline (Note, updated dates as of 9/18/2018)

  • Sept. 10, 2018: Applications are due to by 11:59pm

  • Week of October 1, 2018: Short listed candidates will be notified and receive request for interview

  • Week of October 8, 2018: Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place 

  • Week of October 15, 2018: Final decision will be made and communicated to the chosen artist

The period of the residency will be November 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019.

The Artist in Residence will be expected to be in person at the Othering & Belonging Conference on April 8–10, 2019 in Oakland to showcase their work as part of the residency. Expenses for travel and lodging will be covered.

For any questions about the Artist in Residence contact Evan Bissell.