Blue Light Junction (BLJ) opens a third round of applications for the Ibura Art and Research Residency located in Central Baltimore. 

In 2022 Valerie Onifade and Ọmọlará Williams McCallister worked on the administration and support that led to a successful year of residencies. BLJ is grateful for their work and will carry on this success in 2024. Blue Light Junction is seeking two people for the 2024 Spring residency, March 29 - June 28.

The residency provides a studio, financial support and thought partners for researchers to explore their work and practice through the lens of people, plants, and place. This residency includes access to a 10 x 10 ft studio space for three months, a $2500 stipend, and an opportunity to organize at least one community offering. 

“There is something to the combination of imagination, faith and work. Imagination holding all of your hopes and wildest dreams. Faith carrying you to and through the how and when.  And work as the constant activation and pursuit of faith and hope.  The work we have collectively brought forth over the last several years is the bedrock of Blue Light Junction.  We are forever grateful for the hands and hearts that continue with us on this journey” –Kenya Miles, Director and Founder of Blue Light Junction

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

All application materials must be submitted online through our Submittable portal no later than 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 1, 2024

Selected artists will be notified by March 15th.

Questions? Email Rosina Saqib at, Program Coordinator, with the subject line: “Ibura Art + Research Residency Call.”

Required Application Materials

  • Application form
  • 5 work samples, Work samples can be a combination of high resolution jpgs, time-based media (*up to 10 minutes total), pdfs, and word docs.
  • Image List, describe the work samples you submitted
  • Question responses which can be written or uploaded via video or audio file

About 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 K. Ibura. From the spark of an idea that grew Blue Light Junction, K. Ibura 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 which currently funds this residency.

Ibura Art & Research Residency will welcome researchers and artists from all backgrounds. We define a researcher as someone who is curious, questioning and actively pursuing a line of inquiry. Any person who asks questions and undertakes actions to answer those questions is a researcher! Researchers 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.

The residency provides space, financial support and thought partners for researchers to explore a question or line of inquiry that is related to their 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. 

Residents 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 $2500 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 
  • This residency does not provide housing.

Resident Responsibilities Include:

  • 15 to 20 hours/week in the studio
  • Providing one Communal Offering 

Learn more about the Ibura Art and Research Residency.

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

Blue Light Junction is an independently run studio  located at 209 McAllister Street in Central Baltimore’s Station North/Greenmount neighborhood stewarding Hidden Harvest “annex” dye garden.

Learn more about Blue Light Junction at or on instagram @blue.lightjunction

Special Thank You to Parks and People Foundation for fiscal sponsorship and VisArts Center for partnering with us to make this application available to prospective residents without an application fee. Learn more about the Ibura Art and Research Residency and Blue Light Junction.

The Ibura Arts and Research Residency is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To support Blue Light Junction’s work in Baltimore City please check out our Go Fund Me page:  – with gratitude Team BLJ

Welcome to Representative Jamie Raskin’s 2024 Congressional Art Competition.

High school students who reside in the 8th Congressional District of Maryland represented by Congressmember Jamie Raskin, are eligible to submit for this juried exhibition.  

See Rep. Raskin’s website for more details.

The submission deadline is Monday, March 25, 2024 by 5:00 PM (EST).    

Each student may submit one piece. Artwork entered in the contest must be 2-dimensional, no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in depth when framed. 

DO NOT SUBMIT USING A TEACHER’S NAME. Students must submit using their name NOT THE TEACHER’S NAME.

Artwork submitted must be accompanied by a completed, signed, Student Information & Submission Form

If you have questions or require additional assistance, please contact Nina Weisbroth or Hailey Roh in Congressmember Raskin’s District Office at 301-354-1000 or, or