For centuries, iconic neighborhoods have been inseparable from their artistic communities. Attracting creative minds with the promise of freedom, becoming sanctuaries of self-expression.


The Found Lofts Artist in Residency program is dedicated to providing artists across disciplines time and space to find inspiration and explore new possibilities for their work. The program invites artists to stay for 2-6 weeks between January-March in one of our live/work lofts. Each resident will have a private studio/bedroom and bathroom, kitchen, living space, and laundry; as well as access to building amenities like our rooftop deck, garage workshop and bikes. Set apart from the constant distractions and bustle of daily life, our residency provides the opportunity for artists to take advantage of the time, space, resources, and community we have to offer.


The application period for our 2024 Winter Residency is from June to October 2024.
Announcements will be made in November.

Applications should include the following:

  • Letter of Motivation / Project Proposal (what you’re interested in or planning to work on)
  • Artist Bio / Resume / Statement
  • Portfolio
  • Letters of Recommendation (optional)

Winter 2022

Joram Roukes

Born in 1983 in the small city of Lelystad, The Netherlands, Joram Roukes earned his BFA in fine arts at the Minerva Academy of Arts in Groningen in 2006. Since 2015, Roukes has been actively painting large-scale murals across the globe, applying his old love of painting graffiti on a larger and more mature scale. His work is often a dark humorous play on topics that range from popular culture, global affairs and personal experience—creating juxtapositions of imagery that produce abstract narratives and figures that evoke introspection and contemplation. His work has gained attention from international galleries like Thinkspace in Los Angeles, StolenSpace in London among others. Roukes now lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Joram's links:


the mural

Kicking off the residency program, acclaimed Dutch artist Joram Roukes was commissioned to paint a 60-foot mural along the north-side of the building—currently the tallest in north county. The inspiration and design of the mural was created in collaboration between the painting of Roukes and the storytelling of the local San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. Payómkawichum (“the People of the West”), are the First People of this area. Today they are known as the Luiseño and the local tribe to this area is the San Luis Rey Band of  Mission Indians. The mural was inspired by the spirit of journey and exploration, as well as the timeless Luiseño story, “How Coyote Killed Frog”, which was kindly shared here by the local tribe as a gift to the community. In the language Chamtéela, the word for “to discover or to find” is tolóowi.

The Story: How Coyote Killed Frog

Yumáyk, yumáyk, long, long ago in the early days, Coyote was walking with his bow and quiver of arrows. He was a man then. He soon came upon Waxáawut, Frog. Coyote greeted her, “Míiyu, Auntie!” Frog was weaving a big willow granary basket to hold her acorns when Coyote arrived.

She watched as he paced around her, holding his bow and arrows closely. Frog had special powers and knew Coyote’s thoughts. “Míiyu Nephew,” Frog said. “I know that you are thinking of killing me.” Coyote quickly replied, “No! You don’t know anything!” “Well, if one of your arrows hits me, so much water will flow from my body that you will drown,” said Frog. “No, that’s not possible! I don’t believe you!” Coyote laughed. “Tolóowi, Coyote, tolóowi. Find out, Coyote, find out,” replied Frog.

Coyote walked up to Frog, drew his bow and shot her! Immediately water began to rush from the spot where the arrow hit Frog. Coyote quickly ran away. He ran and ran. Finally, he came to a tall green tree and climbed it. Soon the water reached the tree and a big lake formed around it. The tree was surrounded by water! The water continued to rise and Coyote climbed higher and higher into the tree. As he sat on a high branch in the tall tree with the water still rising, Coyote thought that he would die. He started to sing his songs for his relatives and friends.

Birds flew up to the tree as Coyote was singing. They told him to jump from the tree and they would catch him and take him safely to dry land. Coyote was so happy! He trusted the birds and jumped out of the tree. The birds didn’t catch Coyote and flew away. Coyote fell into the deep water and drowned. Tolóowi, Coyote, tolóowi. You found out, Coyote, you found out.

Hamú’ táp — The End