Call for entries
Deadline: 1 May 2011

La Practica Residency
Puerto Rico
Sept 211 – June 2012

La Práctica is an experimental study and production program for individuals coming from an art, design, architecture background, or from a related field. The program is aimed at people who are interested in thinking through the work itself and who are critically engaged with the here and now. There is a strong emphasis on production and collaboration. La Práctica is specifically designed for those interested in creating new conditions, relations and positions that will allow them to work in other contexts, not necessarily the established art circuit, and who, because of the particularities of a place’s adverse conditions or a lack of well functioning professional art structure support, have the need to create their own practice and space. Visiting artists, program directors, program peers and workshops give shape to each year’s program. La Práctica is flexible enough to sustain the kind of organic relationships that we hope take place between participant s and visitors to Beta-Local from many fields.


La Práctica is one of Beta-Local’s programs. Beta-Local is an independent organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico founded in February 2010. Beta-Local fundraises for its programs through the general public, private foundations, and individual donations, from 10 USD dinners to larger grants. Beta-Local was founded by Tony Cruz, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz and Michy Marxuach, who are its current directors.

As we are a new organization, Beta-Local receives no government support, and has no institutional affiliations. We do not offer degrees or certificates. Beta-Local arose out of a local need for support structures for art production, critical thought and social engagement. We welcome participants who are interested in developing work under these circumstances, and contributing to transform these circumstances through their work.


208 Calle Luna esquina San Justo

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

La Práctica

The program is one (1) academic year in length (September 2011 – June 2012) and represents a committment of at least 20 hours a week during which each Fellow participates in a group seminar, attends visting artist lectures or workshops and develops their work. The program costs are 6,000 USD per participant; Beta-Local fundraises the cost of the program in order to make it effectively free of charge. Travel and living expenses are covered by the participant. There is a modest collective production fund to which participants may apply during the program. These funds are granted on a case by case basis. Production funds are not guaranteed. Our flexible work space is available to all the participants to use in the development of their projects. Besides focusing on their projects, every participant must offer at least one class through La Ivan Illich [an open school]. Visiting artists during 2010/11 included: Tania Bruguera, Javier Arbona, Carla Zaccagnni, Ashley Hunt, Jea nine Oleson, Ethan Spigland and others. Applicants should be able to converse in both English and Spanish to get the most out of the program. The one-year program is open to US citizens and residents who currently reside in Puerto Rico or can relocate without assitance; we do not provide lodging.

International artists may apply to the three-month program. Beta-Local offers lodging in San Juan, Puerto Rico (an apartment shared with other participants) for the duration of the 3-month program. We cannot offer a stipend, travel or living expenses to participants. We have no institutional affliations through which to ensure a work or education visa, so international applicants must jump into the fray in the shortened program.

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