Critics of Color Residency

Open Call for Applications: June 1 – June 18 2021

The Residency

This residency will pair four critics of color with editors and archivists to develop articles for, an online database of Creative Commons (CC0 or CC-BY) content from cultural heritage organizations. Editors and archivists will use their knowledge of the site to help each selected critic research cultural heritage content and develop up to 3 pieces of content of at least 1,000 words to be featured on The incoming critics will also become part of the Curationist community; their work will inform and expand the metadata for the items about which they write.

The residency will last from the beginning of August 2021 to January 2022. Writers will be compensated a total of $1000 USD for their contribution. is a human-driven open knowledge ecosystem, designed for selecting and sharing global art and culture. A team of curators/archivists contributes to by curating articles, providing context around images, videos, and/or cultural content pieces. invites and encourages storytelling and curiosity around cultural content through a social justice lens that is anti-racist, anti-colonial, feminist, queer, and anti-ableist.

This residency is all possible thanks to a grant awarded by Allied Media through their Critical Minded program in support of cultural critics of color in the United States.


Critics are writers who evaluate the merits, history, and contemporary context of cultural materials. Sector-wide, critics of color are underrepresented, which leads to lopsided cultural narratives and worldviews (or worse). This opportunity will be used to amplify the perspectives of these voices around arts and cultural content.


Applications will be open from June 1st to 18th, and the residency will take place from August 2021 through January 2022.


Complete your application by June 18th through this google form. For any application questions, please contact Carla Amaya at carla(at)