Frame & Frequency is an ongoing International Film & Video Art Screening Series presented by VisArts located in Rockville, Maryland (just outside of Washington DC) that highlights artists whose new media, experimental film, and video works explore contemporary visual culture, and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today.

This years edition will take place in the Kaplan Gallery from May 7 - May 8, 2022

Frame & Frequency aims to present a diverse group of artists representing multi-generational and cultural backgrounds, nationalities and personal histories, while demonstrating the artists’ impressive command of video and new media technologies.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2022

Submission specifications:

  • Video: You may submit up to 3 works. Videos must be in .mp4 file format. Maximum length of 15 minutes. Upload files below through our online platform or provide Vimeo links for video previews. All foreign language moving image artworks must have English subtitles.

  • Resume/CV

  • Artist Bio (100 word max.)

  • Artist Statement (100 words max.)

  • Selected artists will receive screening fees for participation

About VisArts

Transforming individuals and communities through the visual arts. From our beginning in 1987 as Rockville Arts Place operating in a converted garage to our current contemporary, state of the art facility in Rockville Town Square, VisArts has served local residents, students, art lovers, professional artists and others with an interest in the arts. Each year, VisArts welcomes more than 30,000 visitors through our doors to visit one of our four galleries, observe our studio artists on our second floor Artist Concourse, or to participate in art education classes, camp programs, and special events in our Buchanan Room.


Ibura Art and Research Residency



Ibura is a Swahili word of Arabic origin meaning

“something wonderful, a miracle, a very rare occurrence”

Ibura Art & Research Residency honors the work, practice, long time mentorship, deep love and friendship between Kenya Miles and Kiini Ibura Salaam (K. Ibura). From the spark of an idea that grew Blue Light Junction, Kiini has played many roles in supporting and furthering the work and mission of BLJ. K. Ibura has been an integral part in the writing of multiple grants for BLJ including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant that will fund the inaugural year of this residency.

Learn more about K. Ibura here:

K. Ibura is a writer and visual artist from New Orleans, Louisiana—which is the traditional territory of the Chitimacha Tribe. The middle child of five, she grew up in a city full of music and culture, a neighborhood full of oak trees and mosquitos, and a home full of arts and activism. She writes in all genres, publishing essays about identity, race, and gender and fantastical short stories about mystical happenings, ancient histories, and future imaginings. She has written two short story collections for adults: Ancient, Ancient—Winner of the James Tiptree Award—and When the World Wounds. Her debut novel and first book for young people, When the World Turned Upside Down, is forthcoming in February 2022. In her work as a visual artist, Ibura employs bold color, inventive form, and varied textures to explore themes of female power, magic, and transformation through both abstract and figurative paintings. Her recent work reimagines paper, stone, and plant matter to create transcendental collages cast in resin. Her collage prints and paintings can be found in private collections in the United States, Brazil, and Japan. She shares her work through her workshops, Patreon posts, ebooks, Etsy shop, and websites and A member of the first generation of African Americans to grow up without segregation, she lives in Brooklyn, NY—which is the traditional territory of the Lenape Tribe.

Ibura Art & Research Residency provides space, financial support and thought partners for you  to explore a question or line of inquiry that is related to your work and our work at Blue Light Junction. It is also a space to paint, record, experiment with dyes, and to follow any other artistic musings. Your participation as a resident in this inaugural year will help shape the future of this program.

What does the residency provide?

Ibura Art & Research Residency is a two month long research residency at Blue Light Junction.

Residents will receive:

  • a 10 ft  x 10 ft  studio space which can be furnished with a table, chair and flammables cabinet upon request.
  • 24 hour access to the “annex” dye Garden and Studio Blue
  • A $2000 stipend (for the duration of the residency) which will be paid in biweekly installments. The first installment will be paid two weeks into the residency and the last two weeks after the residency has ended.
  • support from an actively engaged community of artists, researchers, and farmers.
  • opportunities to participate in on-site workshops

Who is this residency for?

Ibura is an opportunity for a researcher to embed themselves into our community of people, our spaces and our ongoing work. We welcome researchers from all backgrounds. We define a researcher as someone who is curious, questioning and actively pursuing a line of inquiry. If you are a person who asks questions and undertakes actions to answer those questions then you research! You may also identify as an artist, organizer, scientist, architect, designer, healer, archivist, curator, dancer, performer, etc. We privilege research practices that focus on learning through doing and hands-on experimentation. We love research that produces more questions and deepens existing knowledge.

What do we expect from researchers in residence?

We are interested in supporting people who will immerse themselves in the Blue Light Junction community, be a regular presence in the studio and make use of the many offerings of our spaces. In more concrete terms we would love to host someone who will spend a minimum of 15 - 20 hours per week on site (part of this time being dedicated to community engagement).

There are no restrictions or expectations of what form your work takes. The resident is required to host one offering for our community. Our two requirements are that the offering be in some way related to the research that took place during the residency and that it be something that community members are invited to participate in.

Offerings might take the form of:

  • a sound bath made from sounds collected in the neighborhood and/ or on BLJ and BLJ partner sites
  • a walking tour of plant ancestors growing within a mile radius of BLJ
  • a workshop that teaches introduces a skill, materials, or way of working
  • an archive of stories, images, or objects from in and around BLJ
  • a physical enhancement to the space ( in collaboration and with approval from BLJ director)
  • a thought framework
  • a performance piece
  • a notebook of drawings made in the garden everyday at noon

Other required engagements for Researcher in Residence include:

  • Check in, Orientation, Key hand off ( First Monday of Residency)
  • A thirty minute introduction to BLJ during which the researcher will participate in a walking tour of the space, receive the keys to the studio and a copy of the studio handbook.
  • Ongoing Indigo Vat Care
  • a once or twice week, 15 minute long indigo vat care check. The researcher will be part of a team of people who care for the vats.
  • Welcome dinner (first Friday of the residency)
  • A small, informal sit down dinner at BLJ with BLJ staff and community members.
  • Maggie Pearl’s Fish Fry
  • A large, open meal with our extended community.
  • Exit Interview (last week of the residency)
  • An hour long conversation in which the resident will have the opportunity to give feedback about their residency experience.
  • You Ain’t Got to Go Home… Dinner
  • A meal at BLJ with BLJ staff and community members. This is the closing event for the residency.
  • Check out walk through (last day of the residency)
  • A walk through of the resident’s studio and hand off of studio keys.

Application Timeline

5 Dec 2021 Application Opens

15 Dec 2021 Residency Info Session + Video Tour, 7pm EST

4 Jan 2022 Application Co-working Session, time TBA

5 Jan 2022  Application Closes, 11:59 PM EST

19 Jan 2022 Notification of Selected Researcher

Jan 2022 Share evaluation scores + notes with applicants

27 Jan 2022 Public announcement of selected Researcher

Residency Timeline

14 Feb 2022 Residency begins, Check - In and Orientation

18 Feb 2022   Welcome Dinner

25 Feb 2022 First Stipend Payment

Mar 2022    Maggie Pearl’s Fish Fry

Apr 2022    You Ain’t Got to Go Home… Dinner

Apr 2022 Exit Interview

15 Apr 2022  Residency Ends, check out walk through

22 Apr 2022 Last Stipend Payment

About Blue Light Junction:

Blue Light Junction is an alternative color lab, natural dye garden and educational facility focusing on growing, processing and preserving the history of natural dyes and their enhancements and use in everyday objects.

Blue Light Junction is a community of curious people who are invested in caring for each other and cultivating knowledge while stewarding cultural traditions, the land and the spaces that we share. Experimentation and learning by doing are at the heart of the work that we do.

Core to our programming is connecting and tending to people, plants, and place. We activate this connection through shared knowledge and experiences, listening, tending the land, workshops for school groups and the general public at Blue Light Junction’s natural dye facility and garden.

Located at 209 McAllister Street in Central Baltimore’s Greenmount West neighborhood and working in Hidden Harvest “annex” dye garden, Blue Light Junction is an independently run studio that draws from the education, experiences and relationships of the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative.

Blue Light Junction consists of three adjacent physical spaces, one an outdoor garden and two indoor studios.

Annex Dye Garden

The “annex” dye garden, the outdoor space, is located in an alley on a ¼ acre plot of land that is part of Hidden Harvest Farm. It is home to a variety of native plants as well as those with historical and cultural significance as sources of natural dyes and plant medicines. The annex garden is stewarded by members of the BLJ community with key support from our Studio Manager and avid volunteers. We offer an open space for tending the dye garden and invite anyone to join us in stewarding this plot of land. The “annex” dye garden is directly adjacent to the Blue light Junction building which houses the Blue Light Junction Alternative Color Lab on the first floor and Studio Blue on the second floor.

Blue Light Junction (ground floor)

Blue Light Junction is a large, open multi-purpose space housed in a 2400 square foot ground level building that was  formerly an auto body shop. Blue Light Junction includes space for communal meals, a lounge, seed germination station, plant processing area, a dye kitchen and a large open flexible workshop space for residents’ use.  Additionally, Blue Light Junction offers clients botanical support through The Alternative Color Lab.

Studio Blue (second floor)

Studio Blue are 6 semi-private artists studios on the second floor of Blue Light Junction. Each studio is approximately 10’ x 10.’ Ibura residents are provided with studio space for a 2 month period with 24-hour access. In addition to the studios there is a shared photo documentation space, a work sink, and a communal eating and meeting space.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Blue Light Junction is committed to supporting and celebrating diversity in community and craft. Diversity is core to Blue Light Junction’s mission. As we work to rewild urban landscapes and bring biodiversity to the foreground, we activate staff, consultants and volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds. We understand that traditional wisdom is grounded in the lineage of many different ethnic groups and is held by people of many different economic backgrounds. As such our leadership as well as the plant knowledge we research reflect a range of racial and cultural groups, bringing diverse talent, skills, and perspectives to our work. Finally, the BLJ Dye Garden is a physical space open to everyone. Through our community work, we value involvement from all our neighbors and dedicate our efforts to make sure the Dye Garden is a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging. In our staff, the plant histories we research, and the communities we serve, we are dedicated to recognizing, celebrating, and promoting the wisdom and value of peoples of all cultures and backgrounds.


Blue Light Junction is committed to equal employment opportunities without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Blue Light Junction is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We prohibit discrimination or harassment, and work proactively to ensure that all relationships among persons in the facility and the garden is free of bias, prejudice and harassment.

Acccessibility Information

Physically navigating the spaces

The Annex Dye Garden has sloped paths of uneven widths. The paths are covered in mulch and may be difficult to navigate for people using mobility aids.

To enter Blue Light Junction you must step over a  2 inches high, 1 inch wide hump at the bottom of the door frame. There is a three inch high step up into the bathroom.

To access Studio Blue there are 4 - 6 inch high steps with rounded lips that slightly protrude. These steps have a sturdy rail and lead to a landing. After the landing there are 12 6inch high steps with a sturdy handrail on one side.

Scents & Chemicals

We work with a variety of plants, organic matter and naturally derived chemicals. This is not a scent free space.


The Annex Dye Garden, Blue Light Junction and Studio Blue are all open layout spaces. Sound carries across the spaces, unobstructed. There are often multiple layers of sound happening in the space simultaneously. Additionally some sounds from outside bleed into the space.

Blue Light Junction Current/Ongoing Projects

  • Growing Natural Dye Plants
  • Processing Natural Dye Plants
  • Researching Traditional Uses and Applications of Natural Dye Plants
  • Utilizing the whole plants through medicine, ceremony and healing
  • Developing the physical space to meet our needs
  • Cultivating Relationships with our neighbors and neighborhood
  • Sharing our collective knowledge
  • Documenting our Space, Processes, Partners and People
  • Building a Retail Space for local goods related to our work
  • Growing a co-operative network of natural dye farmers in Baltimore City

Artists with studios at Studio Blue

Kenya Miles

Omolara williams McCallister

Rachel Rusk

Application Questions

These are all of the questions that you will be asked to answer in the application.

First Name*

Last Name*






Phone number*

Website (optional)

Demographic information

We are collecting this information so that we can be transparent and accountable. We work to ensure that our space and programs provide barrier free access to people who have been and continue to be excluded, exploited, marginalized and erased in craft spaces. This information will not be used to evaluate or select the resident researcher. This information will be used for internal and external assessment of and reporting about Blue Light Junction’s programmatic offerings.

Race (Checkboxes with the ability to check multiple boxes)

Check all that apply

  • Black
  • White
  • Indigenous
  • Person of Color


  • 18 - 21
  • 21 - 30
  • 31 - 40
  • 41 - 50
  • 51 - 60
  • 61 - 70
  • 71 - 80
  • 81 - 90

Gender ( check all that apply)

  • Cisgender
  • Transgender
  • Male
  • Female
  • Non-Binary
  • Genderfluid
  • Write in option

How did you hear about this residency?* (to help us to understand what outreach is working and where we can grow)

5 Work Samples + work sample list

We are looking for consistent commitment to inquiry, expression and experimentation. This can include in progress works, unfinished works, planning sketches, project notes, etc. Work samples should reflect an investigation and desire to relay or relate to focused themes, materials, histories, narratives, practices formally or informally. You can submit links to examples of your work online, a pdf of your portfolio, articles or links to articles about your work, and/or examples of your writing and research. Please include a work sample list that provides the: name, type of work sample, and a brief description of it.

How do you describe the mediums that you work in? ( free response)

The following questions can be answered in writing or in a 3 minute video/audio clip

  • Personal/ Artist Statement (250 words or 3 minute video/ audio clip)
  • How do you understand your practice to be connected to the work that we are doing at Blue Light Junction ? (250 word  or 3 minute video/audio clip)
  • What questions, ideas, materials, methods and/or other areas of interest would you like to explore during your residency?How does that relate to your existing work? (500 words or less or 3 minute video/audio clip)
  • What areas of Blue Light Junction would you like to use/ have access to? How do you think you would use the space? (Include ways that are related to your personal research or future visioning) What do you hope to gain by using those areas? (250 words or 3 minute video/audio clip)
  • Included in the experience resident artists will work to provide one opportunity for public engagement during the span of the residency. What are some forms that you could envision this engagement will take? (250 words or less)

What are your ideal studio working hours?  (click all that apply)

  • Midnight to 4 am
  • 4 am to 8 am
  • 8 am - noon
  • Noon - 4 pm
  • 4 pm - 8 pm
  • 8 pm - midnight

As an addition to our community at Blue Light Junction, resident artists will be asked to uphold and support a list of shared community agreements.

For questions and support in the application process please contact:

VisArts welcomes all of its students to submit their application to the VisArts Student Art Show to be held in the Concourse Gallery February 16 - March 20, 2022 with an Opening Reception on Sunday, February 27, 1 - 3 PM. All work submitted must have been created at VisArts between January 2021 and the time of application. All media are eligible. Up to two works of art can be submitted. Deadline for submissions is: January 28, 2022 at midnight EST (Eastern Standard Time).

All accepted applicants will be notified by e-mail by February 4.

If accepted, work must be dropped off to the Concourse Gallery between 10 AM and 5 PM on February 8. Artwork will only be accepted at these times. Artwork must be picked up from the Concourse Gallery on March 21, 10 AM - 5 PM. Work must be delivered ready for installation. Wall-hung work must be framed, or mounted and wired  for hanging. Work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.   All work is insured by VisArts while on the premises, to the extent that it would be if owned by VisArts. VisArts retains a 40 percent commission of the listed sales price, if the work sells during the exhibition, or as a result thereof.    

Contact for more information.


F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts 2022

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

Throughout the pandemic individuals have participated in supporting their community through actions spanning from helping a neighbor to creating a new free grocery delivery service. Artists and makers have dedicated their creative efforts for projects like the Auntie Sewing Squad, B'more Community Fridge, and the Wherewithal Grants distributed by WPA. The outpouring of altruism and empathy many felt during the past year has helped to protect individuals and communities in the midst of disaster. While we have each been permanently changed as a result of covid-19, the feeling of urgency is beginning to fade, as it often does after a crisis.

As a result we ask:

What if mutual aid organizations are the ones setting the precedent for a model of support?

How can we continue to nurture the treasured generosity we have seen since March of 2020?

How can we sustain mutual aid practices into our new future?

F.E.A.S.T. 2022 encourages artists, thinkers, and organizations to expand their everyday practice and create project proposals that address the theme of MUTUAL AID. Imaginative, sustainable, and provocative projects that explore mutual aid are welcome! F.E.A.S.T. 2022 advocates for proposals that join art with social, cultural, political, economic, historic, and environmental dynamics.

Project proposals offer opportunities for creative interaction within or between our communities. Great ideas specific to one community may also inspire action in another.

  • Restore active relationships with a wider community!
  • Cultivate many-sided experiences!
  • Join diverse partners for inclusive investigations!
  • Continue the generation of empathy and engagement!

Proposals are evaluated for artistic innovation, community impact, feasibility, proposal clarity, and content.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a bridge between artists and the community. F.E.A.S.T. is designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects that use art and creative thinking to impact the community. Participants will listen to & review a series of project proposals and converse with the artists and thinkers behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the event, the artist who garners the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of the event donations. This year we will be hosting F.E.A.S.T. on the VisArts Rooftop. Tickets by donation, $15 minimum, 100% of donations go to fund the micro grant of up to $2000.

F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts is based on F.E.A.S.T. in Brooklyn’s  ( model for sustaining artist projects directly through community participation.

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How to Submit a Proposal

You and your collaborators do not have to live in Rockville to submit a proposal. Great survival  vision in one place may fit perfectly in another place. Please consider the site you envision for your proposal.  Projects that blend mutual aid with practical, poetic, utopian, or idealist ideas will help frame, visualize, and shape ideas about survival.

Projects that may receive funding represent a diverse cross section of contemporary artistic, social, design and scientific practices. Performances, community events, visual, sonic, tactile, olfactory discoveries, documents, parades, paths, maps, participatory actions, poetic data analysis, interviews, stories, games, architecture, walks, teach-ins, platforms, songs, games, gardens, clothing… No project or medium is incongruous with F.E.A.S.T. We encourage artists, thinkers and organizations to move outside their everyday practice and produce work that encourages situations where interaction and participation are essential.  

Application content must include answers to all of the following questions:

1.     Title:       What is your project’s name?

2.     Summary: Describe your project in 250 words or less. Include statements on:

·       What will the F.E.A.S.T. funds be used for?

·       How will this project be implemented?

·       How does the project address the theme of MUTUAL AID?

·       Who is the community you are addressing? What is the community significance of your project?

3.     One sentence each:

  • F.E.A.S.T. Funding Request:  How much will you need to do this (up to $2000) and how will you be spending the micro-grant?
  • Project Budget:  If your project costs are greater than what you have requested, please briefly state how you will be able to implement your project.
  • Timeframe: How long is this project going to take?
  • Location: Where will this take place?

4.     Image(s): Attach up to five images to represent your project (300 dpi, no larger than 2 MB) and any relevant URLs.  Please include a description of the image.

Proposals are evaluated on these terms:

  • Artistic Innovation
  • Community Impact
  • Feasibility
  • Proposal clarity and content

Please note:  

Only complete proposals will be reviewed.  

Only finalists will be invited to the F.E.A.S.T.  This year’s event will be entirely virtual.

Applicants will be notified by the end of March, 2022 if they are finalists.

Artists who submit proposals must be present virtually at the April 10, 2022 F.E.A.S.T. to be eligible to appear on the ballot. This event will take place from 1:00 - 3:30 PM.

Should you win a F.E.A.S.T. grant, you must attend the next F.E.A.S.T. at VisArts (2023) to discuss the progress of your project.

Questions or advice:  Feel free to contact