1/11/2010 - From Mario Caro

Dear Res Artis Members:

It was a great pleasure to see so many of you in Montreal. The Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec, our generous hosts, made this general meeting a truly memorable experience. I especially want to thank Bastien Gilbert for his vision in developing the original proposal, and Mathieu Beauséjour for his thorough and thoughtful direction in making the event possible.

In light of the success of this general meeting, I am glad to announce that our next general meeting in 2012 will be held Japan.  The winning proposal was prepared by Yusaku Imamura, the director of Tokyo Wonder Site.

I am also delighted to announce that four new members will be joining our board. The following new board members were voted into office by Res

Artis members in attendance at the meeting:
    •    Leena Vuotovesi, KulttuuriKauppila Art Center, Finland
    •    Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Poland
    •    Naomi Beckwith, Studio Museum in Harlem, USA
    •    Yusaku Imamura, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan

We also introduced our new website, which will launch on November 14. I want to thank Julie Upmeyer for her efforts in making this transition possible. Most of you know already Julie’s work, since it is through her efforts that we are able to communicate with you, our members, and with our wide audience of artists around the world.

The meeting was also an opportunity to update our membership on the various initiatives that we are continuing to develop—ResSupport, Res Artis Awards, and our Visa Policy development.

ResSupport

We were able to announce the availability of our first ResSupport fellowship, which has been offered by Jean-Baptiste Joly, the director of Akademie Schloss Solitude. We anticipate that other members will participate in this feature of our ResSupport mentoring program by considering the opportunity to host representatives from emerging organizations.

Res Artis Award
We are also looking forward to replicating the past success of our Res Artis Award. We will continue to expand possible venues for these awards, as well as identify more of our members as hosts who will make these awards possible.


Visa Policy
In partnership with freeDimensional, we are participating in the development of a coalition focused on addressing the many challenges faced by artists whose mobility is constrained by restrictive, and at times arbitrary, visa regulations.  To that end, we collected testimonials that document many of these challenges faced by our member organizations in order to develop recommendations to reform visa policies mindful of cultural exchange at a global level.


Future Meetings

We are continuing to develop opportunities around the world for our members to meet. Next year, we will hold a meeting on May 23-26 in Debrecen, Hunbary, hosted by the MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts. This regional meeting will explore different approaches to residencies being developed within the field. We are also looking at the possibility of a regional meeting in Latin America next spring.


Membership Increase
During the conference, we also polled our membership on the amount by which our membership fees would increase. Our fees have not changed in more than five years and at this time we require an increase.  The recommendation from our membership is that our membership fees increase by 50%. We understand that for some of our members this may be a significant increase. However, we are grateful for the encouragement we received on our new programs and look forward to continuing to serve our members while maintaining our sustainability.


I look forward to the next opportunity to see you in person.
Yours,
Mario A. Caro
President



Letters from the Board

4/7/2011 - Leena Vuotovesi
25/4/2011 - Tatsuhiko Murata
1/11/2010 - Mario Caro
6/10/2010 - Mario Caro
4/1/2010 - Mario Caro
18/12/2010 - Maro Caro
5/3/2008 - Maria Tuerlings
7/4/2008 - Rudolf Brünger
4/11/2006 - Clayton Campbell