Calling Local Artists Looking for a Unique Residency Program – Application Deadline December 15, 2023

The City of El Cerrito is inviting all artists in Contra Costa or Alameda County to apply for The EL Cerrito Creative ReUse (“ECCRU”) Artist Residency, a nine-month program taking place at the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center (“RERC” or “Center”).


The purpose of this program is to support local artists 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 El Cerrito Creative ReUse (“ECCRU”) Artist Residency provides the artist with the following: a stipend, access to certain materials at the RERC 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.

The ECCRU Program was approved by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission (“ACC”) in 2015. The Artist selected for this term will be the fourth ECCRU Artist in the City’s history. 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).

View the most recent El Cerrito Creative ReUse Artist in Residence, Steve Zwetsch, and some of his work:



The City of El Cerrito requires all submissions to be provided online. For information about the program, eligibility, and to apply for the position:


Proposals are due by 4:00p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023.


All questions regarding this Call for Artists may be directed to El Cerrito Staff Liaison Alexandra Orologas, at (510) 215-4302 or Email: [email protected].