El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artist Residency

Now through December 15, 2023, the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space will exhibit the instruments created by ECCRU Artist in Residence Steve Zwetsch, including the Artist’s "Local Artist Guitar Series", which he created in collaboration with other local artists during his residency. 

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The ECCRU Program was approved by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission (“ACC”) in 2015. The Program is funded by the Art in Public Places Program, established with the passage of the City’s Public Places Ordinance (Section 13.50 ECMC).

The program is intended to support local artists (in Contra Costa & Alameda Counties) who work with recycled materials, and to encourage environmental stewardship – specifically, resource conservation, recycling and upcycling - in the community through art that inspires people to think about sustainability and consumption.

The ECCRU Artist Residency provides the artist with: a stipend, access to certain materials at the City's Recycling + Environmental Resource Center for use in artistic projects, an on-site storage bin for materials, and support for an exhibition at the end of the residency. Artwork will be created in the artist’s own workspace, which is not provided.

We encourage artists working in all mediums to apply, including but not limited to, painters, textile artists, musicians, performers, photographers, printmakers, those working in film and video, and conceptual and installation artists.

In addition to the access to materials, the ECCRU Artist will receive a stipend of $100 per month of the residency (i.e., $900 for a nine-month term). 2021 Call for Artist Residency was closed on November 19, 2021. On January 24, 2022, ACC approved Steve Zwetsch as 2022 Artist in Residence. During the August 22, 2022 ACC meeting, the commission members approved to extend Steve Zwetsch's  residency for another year. 

For more information, please contact Arts and Culture Commission Staff Liaison Alexandra Orologas at (510) 215-4302 or by email.

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