BCA Center ArtLab (formerly the Firehouse Center for Visual Arts Artist-in-Residence program) was created in 2004 to invigorate the dialogue between artists and the viewing public in downtown Burlington. After four successful residencies, we temporarily closed the fourth floor due to necessary renovations. However, in spring of 2007, we re-launched the residency program. Artists are invited to submit a proposal for the available residency periods, which range from one to three months in duration. During this time, artists can use the beautiful fourth floor studio at the BCA Center as well as Burlington City Arts' clay, photography, and printmaking studios. The resident works with Burlington City Arts staff to offer a workshop, lecture, or special project that engages the public in his/her creative process. The ideal applicant should be a local artist with a history of formally or conceptually rigorous work, excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for interacting with the public.