Edward Dean Robinson Youth Artist Residency








Applications are now closed for the 2022 program

What is the residency?

The Edward Dean Robinson Youth Artist Residency is a 7-week arts intensive for select Richmond Public Schools students taking place over the summer. The program fosters self-exploration, creative expression, leadership, individuality, and supportive relationships while working in a collaborative and safe environment. Students will gain professional artist development, and explore healthy and sustainable ways to create art while prioritizing mental health and wellness.

Applications are open to sophomore and junior students of color attending one of the following schools: Armstrong High School, George Wythe High School, Huguenot High School, John Marshall High School, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Franklin Military Academy, or Richmond Alternative School. 9 students in total will be accepted into the program and will receive 80+ hours of artistic development, a professional portfolio, art supplies, free studio space, a $1350 stipend, and mentorship from a professional artist.

Students will spend Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 20 through August 11 at ART 180's Atlas gallery. The student residents will be working with this year's teaching artist-in-residence, Nadd Harvin as they create artwork and deepen their artistic practice. A
s part of the residency program, youth artists will collaborate on a community project and showcase individual and collaborative works in ART 180's First Friday Exhibition in September. Students chosen to participate in the program will receive a $1350 stipend, studio access, a materials stipend, and a professional portfolio.

The program is named in memory of long-time ART 180 participant, Edward Dean Robinson who transitioned on June 21, 2018. The residency is inspired by Edward's talent and aims to support young artists in their artistic creation and mental well-being.

What do I need to apply?

Interested in applying? AWESOME! Before you do, be sure to prepare the following:

  • You must provide digital copies of your artwork no more than three years old. Most file formats are accepted.

  • You will need an adult from your school (a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal) to complete a recommendation form on your behalf. There is a space in the application that will ask you to provide the name and email of this person and once submitted, the recommendation form will be sent to them.

  • Have a parent or guardian present when completing the form.

About the residency's teaching artist

This year's Edward Dean Robinson Artist Residency Program will be lead by Richmond-based artist, Nadd Harvin. Nadd is a self-taught painter, illustrator, muralist, and art instructor from Newport News, Virginia. As a teacher and artist, Nadd utilizes art as a tool to explore and open perceptions of reality, giving students opportunities to center creativity as an expression to gain balance in their life’s process. Their work has been featured in public art murals in Cleveland, Miami, Tidewater, and Richmond’s Mending Walls. 


“Oftentimes marginalized groups, people who look and live like me, are not given the space, resources, or simply the encouragement to pursue creative endeavors or soul freeing projects. It is my firm belief that everyone must, for themselves, explore and cultivate their inner gifts and learn how to channel and express them.”


Also, supporting this year's residency is Teaching-Artist Assistant, Chloe Hagins, a former ART 180 teen leader and teaching artist.