Reading residency


What is The reading residency?

A juried program designed specifically for agents of social change to dedicate a full weekend to themselves: to reading and self-care.

The awardee of each residency will receive free housing and amenities on site, in addition to a small stipend for food and reading material.

There is currently ONE residency per year. We are hoping to expand to multiple residencies in different cities.

The application has a fee of $6.00.


  • $150 stipend for reading material, food + drink.
  • ADDITIONAL $150 stipend (contributed by an anonymous donor)!
  • Available Spirits
  • Tea + Coffee
  • Light Breakfast + Snacks
  • Access to Candor Library
  • Heat
  • Guitar
  • NO Internet access
  • NO Television
  • NO Computer
Each resident will receive a gift bag of a few Candor publications and products in a STILL LEARNING tote.

Each resident will receive a gift bag of a few Candor publications and products in a STILL LEARNING tote.


  • The residency is entirely spent taking care of yourself, through reading and relaxing.
  • Stay from Friday evening to Monday morning.
  • Arrange transportation to arrive + depart on time
    • [This residency is located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, the address will be disclosed only to awardees.]
  • A short written reflection on your experience.


The judging panel will base their scoring on:

  • Candidate's working relationship to social progress.
  • What will be read at this residency and why.
  • Applicant's essay about why this residency is appropriate and timely for the candidate.

2017 Reading residenT:

Tasasha Henderson

Official Announcement

"When I arrived at the residency space that was to be my home for the weekend, I felt a sense of excitement as I took in the warm and cozy surroundings. The book that I had picked to read for the weekend was No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty. It had been on my list to read for a while, because the issues the book addresses are important and relatable to the work I engage in. The main thesis of the book is that when it comes to grassroots social justice work, our mindset shouldn’t be that we are saving people and that our education and privilege means we should be in charge of organizations and projects. We should follow the lead of those most impacted by oppression and center the needs of the most marginalized.
Throughout the weekend, I was able to reflect on how these ideas show up in my own work and reading No More Heroes was a great reminder to myself to constantly check-in about my own practices and mindset. In addition to reading No More Heroes, I had the opportunity to begin reading We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang, which was available in the residency’s amazing library.
I would highly recommend applying for the Candor Arts reading residency. It is a great opportunity to take some time away from our busy lives to devote to reading, resting, self-care and reflection. The reading residency is a great way to recharge yourself and prepare to continue your work with a renewed sense of purpose, energy, and passion."

Tasasha Henderson, 2017 Reading Residency Winner

2017 Honorable Mentions: 

Nina Yeboah

Michael Fischer



Tempestt Hazel — Writer, Curator, and Executive Director of Sixty Inches from Center

EJ Hill — Artist and Educator

Lynnette Miranda — Artist, Curator, and Writer, Founder of Present Futures and Make-Space

David Bell — Artist, Curator, and Writer, Director of Visitor Welcome Center and Notes on Looking

Etta Sandry — Artist, Educator, and Writer, Co-director of Make-Space

Jesús Mejia — Artist

Amir George — Artist, Filmmaker, and Curator, Founder of The Cinema Culture and Co-Curator of Black Radical Imagination

Justin Nalley — Artist and Educator, Author of TAKE CARE


2018 Applications now open!

Applications close January 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm.