Founded in 2016 by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, The Roll Up CLT is a neighborhood-embedded artist residency program that invites Black artists from outside of the state to collaborate with North Carolina-based artists and arts organizations.
Each year, The Roll Up CLT invites an artist of any discipline to stay for six months to one year. Artists are provided with housing, space to produce and exhibit work, an unrestricted honorarium, transportation stipend, food and meal stipend, and a supply and material budget. While in residence, artists are supported with opportunities to develop programming in partnership with other organizations and are encouraged to collaborate with our community of local artists and neighbors.
An extension of the residency is a Fellowship program and Internship component that support two Charlotte-based emergent artists/arts administrators under the age of 25 with compensation, mentorship, professional credentials and the practical experience necessary to establish a career in the field.
The Roll Up CLT is committed to collaborating with Black artists through every step of our process. Our Advisory Board consists of all Black women including, arts nonprofit CrownKeepers' Director Davita Galloway, The North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and The L’Louise Arts Foundation Founder La Keisha Leek.
The 2018 Roll Up resident artist was award-winning international photographer, physician and educator Zun Lee. Zun was supported by 2018 Roll Up Fellowship recipient Carey J. King Jr.
The 2019 Roll Up resident was visual artist, educator and freedom fighter $HAN Wallace from East Baltimore, MD. $HAN was supported by 2019 Roll Up Fellowship recipient Terry Suave.
Our 2022 Roll Up resident is multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer Seitu Jones from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seitu will be supported by Roll Up Fellowship recipient Jordan Robinson.