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Longterm Mission
Residency Partners
2019 Residency Program Location
Residency Vision Elements
Residency Program Evaluation Methods
IYARP Objectives
Program Timeline

Primary contact:
Eriko Tsogo

About "International Yurt Art Residency Program" (IYARP)

The "International Yurt Art Residency program" (IYARP) is founded by Mongolian American artist Eriko Tsogo in collaboration with Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado, Shambhala Colorado Mountain Center, Mongol Art Council US and Land Art Mongolia / LAM 360° rural artist residency program in Mongolia.

Longterm Mission

IYARP seeks to nurture artists and the creative process. The residency offers 2 artists (one artist from Colorado, one artist from Mongolia), 1-3 month partially funded cross-cultural residency exchange experience awarded to per each yearly quarter. IYARP is open to all 2D, 3D, digital, cross-disciplinary, experimental, film, video and writing art disciplines.

Selected artists get a chance to cross-exchange travel internationally to each others home countries and simultaneously share the experiential dwelling of both an open-air/land and a closed-studio laboratory inside the traditional Mongolian yurt for individual creative pursuits on rural land (Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather, Colorado and LAM 360° rural province in Mongolia). IYARP utilizes the physical container of a Mongolian yurt and the rural environmental setting of natural land and open air space as root inspiration for spatial and outdoor visualization of the relations between nature, culture, urbanization, and social practices.

Selected artists will get support from the IYARP headquarters located in Denver, Colorado and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and have option to develop their individual projects while taking part in weekly discussions, tours, meetings, and mentored workshops from esteemed professionals in their respective fields of application. Artists can apply and develop their creative practice and processes around issues such as climate change, sustainable housing, public education, cross-cultural inter communication, policy-driven research, relation to the built and natural world, and the transitioning relationship of the city to exurban peripheries.

IYARP aims to disrupt the status quo in order to create communal meaning and cultural integrity among indigenous and migrant cultural groups. Through the gifts of focused time, space, inspiration and resources - IYARP has three fold mission to (1) help bridge/encourage artistic and cross-cultural artist exchange between the East and West (Colorado and Mongolia), encourage (2) artistic and cultural enrichment through diversity while (3) promoting/inciting discourse, advocacy, social justice and creative capital on art, culture, social policy, and environmental sustainability issues on a cross-cultural platform/diaspora.

2019 Residency Program Mission

In its pilot year, due to funding limitations IYARP will stay in Colorado. With help from Imagine 2020 grant, IYARP will be able to award one local artist a fully funded one-month rural residency experience at the Shambhala Mountain Center campus in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

Residency Partners

Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado (Denver, CO, USA)
Shambhala Mountain Center (Red Feather Lakes, CO, USA)
Mongol Art Council (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Land Art Mongolia / LAM 360° rural artist residency program (Mongolia)

2019 Residency Program Location

In its pilot year, due to funding limitations IYARP will stay regional in Colorado. In 2019, IYARP seeks to award one local Colorado artist a fully funded one-month rural residency experience inside a Mongolian yurt at the renowned Shambhala Mountain Center campus in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

After completion of pilot year, IYARP international artist residency exchange program term will begin offering 2 artists (one from Colorado, one from Mongolia), 1-3 month partially funded cross-cultural residency exchange experience awarded twice every year.

In which City of Denver Council District will your program take place?

4 - (IYARP Colorado Headquarters is located in Denver)

Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado building, IYARP Denver Headquarter and Art Gallery for end of residency exhibition.

Residency Vision Elements

Integration: Artists will pursue new body of artistic work during the residency, ending with open studio for the public. Additionally, artists will have exhibition at the Denver headquarter gallery or TBD local art gallery.

Amplification & Lifelong Learning: IYARP offers emerging/established local/international artists opportunities to help cultivate, inspire and challenge their creative practices to boundary pushing heights of provocative, innovative, relevant contemporary art forms that examine social issues. IYARP promotes art appreciation/engagement through enigmatic artworks created with social implications, motivating civic pride and critical cultural dialogue.

Historically, Denver was the first city in the United States to have the largest Mongolian population. Denver continues to be a popular hub for influx of Mongolian immigrants and culture. IYARP commemorates this profound cross cultural bond. The artist exchange program is committed to the preservation, cultivation, advancement, connection, promotion of the arts and culture in Denver and Mongolia.

Accessibility & Local Talent: IYARP is an all inclusive program providing artist studio, time, accommodations, professional career development, and recognition opportunities to artists of all sex, race, gender, creed in all stages of career level and art disciplines. IYARP acts as a social equalizer and container for authentic expression promoting local artistic and creative talents.

IYARP seeks to become a nonprofit organization by 2020 with plans to forge regional, national and pan-international partnerships to spur cultural tourism and job creation for the arts community.

IYARP promotes "collective leadership" through capacity building. IYARP is made possible with the cross cultural partnerships of collaborating organization in Denver (Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado, District_4), rural Colorado (Shambhala Mountain Center), Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia (Mongol Art Council), and the Mongolian rural countryside (Land Art Mongolia).

Promotion: Carefully curated website, social media, podcast/video series, end of residency open studio/exhibitions, marketing materials, and press/media outlets for every term of new residency artists.

Residency Program Evaluation Methods

IYARP implements a systematic and rigorous evaluation process utilizing the meticulous application of methods to assess the design, implementation, improvement and outcomes of the residency program.

We are dedicated to consistently evaluating the nature of our work, goals that shape it, accomplishments and failures to inform the social change that we seek to effect.

1. Interviews with residency artists/community/partnering organizations.

2. Focus Groups:
- Strategy Focus contributors include government, nonprofit, private sector and philanthropic leadership related to IYARP vision statement.
- Public Survey's to determine how perceptions, barriers and community interest in arts, culture and creativity have shifted.
- Creative Community Survey contributors include key people within the arts, cultural/creative community,
Stakeholder Leadership group, and strong supporters and advocates of arts, culture and creativity.
- Partnering organizations survey.

3. Questionnaires/surveys: online, electronic, paper based

4. Checklist Analysis

5. Team Member Reports

6. External Documentation/Evaluation: media reviews and other online and printed coverage.

IYARP Objectives

1. Create global network of residency partnering organizations.

2. Provide career development opportunities.

3. Formulate innovative models for presenting, debating and encouraging the cultural production and the pursuit of knowledge.

4. Develop and implement projects that are either a model for/can from inception function on a local, national, continental and global scale.

5. Evolve IYARP programs to push the boundaries of the traditional ideas and practice associated with residencies while adapting to the changing needs of artists and residency partners.

6. Increase the number, quality and diversity of IYARP applications each year.

7. Implement a systematic, rigorous evaluation process.

Program Timeline

2019 NOTE: Regional USA Artist Exchange. In its pilot year, due to funding limitations IYARP will implement its mission on a smaller scale within REGIONAL bounds. Given the Imagine 2020 grant, IYARP will be able to award one local artist from Colorado to complete 2 weeks to one-month length rural residency experience inside Mongolian yurt at the renowned Shambhala Mountain Center campus in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.

Depending on grant notification in August 2019, Residency proposed dates will vary in Fall Term between October – November (priority start date), November - December, or December - January 2020.