Project description:

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CENTRO) is calling on artists of all disciplines to present research proposals, using CENTRO’s Library and Archives, that will inform their creative processes. 

Artists have been instrumental in the creation of the Puerto Rican identity, the understanding of our realities and the reimagination of our future. It is for that reason that, each semester, we aim to provide an Artistic Research Residency whose creative results are informed by doing research at CENTRO. This semester, we are looking for art projects proposals that want to explore the theme of FEMINISM

Key words:

feminism, activism, change, female leader, social justice, women studies, Puerto Rican diaspora, advocacy, women rights, equality


This call is aimed at artists of all disciplines, over 21 years of age. The artist must identify as Puerto Rican and should be able to work at CENTRO Library & Archives location (2180 3rd Ave, 1st Floor, Rm. 120 New York, NY 10035) during weekdays. 


  1. This is a three month long residency and will start on March 15th and will end by June 15th.
  2. The artist agrees to investigate in the Library and Archives of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies and its digital collections, with the intention of informing the development of their artistic project.
  3. The Center for Puerto Rican Studies will provide a work space for the artist to carry out their research and will offer preferential and personalized support.
  4. The artist agrees to coordinate with local artists and area residents for conversations, panels, interviews, or other types of interaction that extends their research outside the walls of the archive and traditional sources of information.
  5. The artist will share their findings of their research process at the end of each month with CENTRO staff.
  6. At the end of the residency, the artist will publicly present the research process, an advance or the finished work and will participate in one or more panels coordinated with CENTRO.
  7. The selected artist will deliver a digital document with the documentation of their artistic research. The document must include a narrative of the important findings, documentation of the creative process and audiovisual material. Copies of this digital document will become part of the archives of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies.
  8. The artist has the option of presenting their work directly in the community and can also make use of some spaces available in CENTRO and Hunter College.
  9. The artists will receive a stipend of $5,000.00 for research conducting to the creation of an artistic project.
  10. All project expenses must be covered by the amount awarded for the commission. This includes the fees of the artist, materials and equipment necessary for the execution of the work. 

Selection committee:

The selection committee will be made up of: Ángel Antonio Ruiz-Laboy (Associate Director of Arts and Culture); Anibal Arocho (Librarian), Lindsay Wittwer (Digital Archivist), Cristel Jusino Diaz (Director of Digital Humanities) and a community representative.

How to apply:

The application form will ask you to provide the following:

  1. CV (maximum 3 pages) 
  2. A digital portfolio (can be a link to your website or an online platform) or sample of your work.
  3. Proposal:
  1. Description
  2. Collection(s) to be used
  3. Timeline of the residency
  4. Timeline of the final project (not covered by the residency)

Sending the application implies acceptance of all the conditions established in this call.

Complete the Application Form HERE 


Proposals must be submitted on or before February 15th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.


The selected proposal will be announced on February 28th, 2022.

CENTER for Puerto Rican Studies:

The CENTER for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) at Hunter College, City University of New York, is a research institute dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States by producing and disseminating relevant interdisciplinary research and collecting, preserving, and providing access to archive and library resources that document their history and culture. CENTRO seeks to link scholarship with social action and political debates, and contribute to the enrichment of Puerto Rican studies.

CENTRO is dedicated to the comprehensive collection of data, graphic arts, and library and archival resources that document the history and legacy of Puerto Ricans in the United States, to the study of critical and relevant social issues and conditions affecting this culturally diverse nation. for the purpose of promoting effective community and public sector interventions, and supporting the intellectual and educational advancement of young scholars.

CENTRO’s Puerto Rican Diaspora Archives contain more than 5,000 cubic feet of materials and include documents from artists, writers, politicians, activists, and other prominent community figures and organizations. The archives document the diversity of individuals and communities that reside in the city and have sought to focus their efforts on historically Puerto Rican enclaves such as the Lower East Side (Loisaida), East Harlem (El Barrio), the South Bronx, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition, it houses the records of the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States, which record the migration and working conditions of Puerto Ricans from the early 1930s until the closing of their offices in the mid-1990s. and document the formation of Puerto Rican communities in neighborhoods throughout the Northeast, Chicago, and Florida, with a special concentration in New York City.