Who we are

Monira Foundation, an independent  501(c)(3) nonprofit institution, functions as a radical experimental  laboratory, working in close collaboration with artists, curators,  musicians, producers, and writers to conceive, realize, and present  innovative projects in all media. Its aim is to spark, intensify, and  promote an evolving cultural and social dialogue between creators,  audiences, and institutions. Focusing on the unique potential of  interdisciplinary work in a context distinct from the distracting  pressures of academia and the market, Monira Foundation advances the  practices and products of today’s foremost artists, amplifying their  contributions to communities both local and distant.


Our mission is to expand the reach  and quality of art available to the public through residencies,  exhibitions, and educational programs that address urgent and ongoing  community needs, particularly as these needs evolve and change.


Through our vision we champion the  creation and understanding of art and its unique and vital contribution  to society. When, as now, creative individuals and collectives are under  political and economic distress, undertakings such as Monira Foundation  assume an even greater significance, becoming resources and advocates  for artists in ways that reflect their inestimable societal value.


At our core, we value:

Our constituents – Artists, Institutions, and Patrons

Dialogue – As the catalyst to innovation and understanding

Education – As fundamental to personal, professional, and societal growth

Community – As a place for encouragement and opportunity

Who We Are:

Since 2011 the Monira Foundation (formerly Mana Residencies) has awarded rent-free, non-living studio space to artists for 12 months periods at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City. Up to now these awards have been through invitation only, but for the first time in the summer of 2021 we will be accepting artists through an open call. 

Our mission is to provide a stimulating, rigorous, and contemplative environment in which talented and committed artists benefit from a large studio workspace and the support of a vital creative surrounding community. Studio space is still critical to the practices of the overwhelming majority of artists but remains at a premium, especially in the New York tri-state area; a residency at Monira facilitates continued production and helps strengthen professional and intellectual bonds among diverse individuals.

Monira Foundation Artist in Residence Program supports established artists who work in visual arts media. All applicants must be at least 21, American citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of their residency, have a 5 year public presentation or exhibition record, and be able to demonstrate a need for studio space. We encourage artists working in all visual media to apply.

The residency start will stagger start months for each awarded artist beginning October 15th 2021  through April 2022. 

Application Overview :

• Name, address, email, website, and practice discipline. 

• Artist statement which addresses you practice and process (200 words) 

• Residency statement which addresses how you will use your studio and what you might give back to the program through a public engagement. This can include a talk, digital presentation or performance, workshop, or anything that fits your practice and will connect with the Jersey City community. (300words)

• CV with at least 5 years of public presentations, exhibitions, or equivalent. 

• 8 Image based Work samples or 2 Audio/ video files or links 

• An portfolio description sheet that includes title, date, medium, scale, and notes.

Why a Fee?

This modest $15 helps  pay our reviewers / curators for the time spent reviewing and thoroughly considering each submission. It also supports the program so that it can continue year to year. If this is truly a hardship please contact us at info@monirafoundation.org. 


We are happy to help if you need guidance on the application. While we cannot give feedback on portfolio or writing specifically we can answer questions or concerns about the application itself. We are also happy to help if you need accessibility assistance. Please email Emily Sussman at emily@monirafoundation.org. 

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