RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) builds awareness about sustainability issues through art and design by presenting programs and exhibitions, acting as a materials supplier for artists and designers, and offering a residency program that provides artists on-site access to recovered materials and a studio space to produce work. RAIR: Live at the Dump, funded by the Center in 2015, invited audiences to a series of films, performances, and discussions intended to increase public awareness of the waste stream as well as the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness. In 2017, RAIR received a Center Discovery grant to engage with a team of social scientists to explore the recycling facility as a site for field research on contemporary urban life. In 2019, RAIR received Center support to work with artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles and a group of interdisciplinary artists on a project exploring the environmental history and artistic potential of a former scrap metal facility through a series of widely distributed creative newsprint publications.
RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) presented an interactive, site-specific program that utilized a series of films, performances, and discussions to increase public awareness of the waste stream and the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness. For the first time, RAIR hosted this programming at its location within Revolution Recovery, a Northeast Philadelphia recycling center. Modeled after the experience of a RAIR artist-in-residence, Live at the Dump moved from an exploration phase, featuring the screening of films on post-industrial society, to an immersion phase, with interdisciplinary performances and interpretive tours, to reflection, with the transformation of the recycling center's dumping area into a lounge and cinema environment. Live at the Dump offered audiences a look into the reality of post-consumer processing and questioned how the creative process may feed it. For the workers at Revolution Recovery, the project provided exposure to the creative work happening at RAIR and a new perspective on their labor.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*