Artist in Residence
Over the years we have provided creative space for artists of many different disciplines, including performing arts, clown, photography, circus, film, metal, textiles, dance, puppetry, theatre, writing, music, murals, comics, multidisciplinary, and more! We accept applications for solo artists as well as for groups, and our timelines can be flexible to fit your project.
Our largest indoor studio space is a 1,000 sq ft (22’ by 45’) dance studio. It has linoleum-topped sprung wood dance floor, sunlight, radiant floor heating, 15’ of mirrors, two beams for aerial rigging, a piano, and a stereo. This space is available and accessible 24 hrs a day (quiet hours from 11:11 pm to 8:08 am) except when booked privately (typically 0 to 4 hrs a week). The artist in residence may reserve up to 2 hrs of private studio time per day free of charge and can reserve additional private time at $15/hr. When not booked, the studio is shared with other permanent residents.
Additionally, we have a wood-stove-heated visual art and music yurt with a piano, various percussion, and other instruments, which has no noise curfew.
We have a sewing/craft nook in the studio causeway, and arrangements can be made to have access to printing and publishing equipment for printmaking and various other paper-crafts.
When the weather allows we have numerous covered outdoor spaces and curious structures, including a large covered festival stage, a rustic saloon stage, a lake with a large floating dock, a pirate ship, and 60+ acres of woods, trails, roads, and wetlands to explore.
Our dedicated artist in resident room is a small dorm room in the large shared community building. It has radiant floor heating, a lofted bed with bedding, a desk, chair, desk lamp, and a tiny couch. Artists may also request/propose tent camping, car camping, etc. Residents share a large communal kitchen space which is stocked with bulk organic dry goods (grains, oils, spices, baking ingredients, etc).
We offer a commercial-sized coin-operated washer and dryer. Indoor and (seasonal) outdoor shower. Indoor toilet and (seasonal) outdoor toilets. We have a community tool shed (with all the rusty screwdrivers and left handed gloves one could need!). Other spaces may be available by request so let us know about your project and we will see if we can accommodate!
When reviewing applications, our program facilitators will keep the following criteria in mind in choosing projects to accept. Projects do not need to represent everything below to be considered.
• Clear Focus (specific, achievable goals, clearly conceived proposals, vision for final showing)
• Artistic Experience (experience in the discipline, or a similar discipline to the proposed project)
• Relevant (work that is contemporary, new, exciting, fresh, experimental, thought provoking)
• Representation (the project’s representation and inclusion in age, class, race, gender, immigration status, sexuality, ability, etc)
• Timeline (dates must be mutually available, considering other residencies, festivals, etc)
• Community Integration (people or projects which are community minded and complementary to our resident community)
• Environmentally Conscious (projects utilizing reclaimed materials, cultivating a relationship to the land, etc.)
Accepted residents are expected to take part in our community for the duration of their stay through weekly work parties or cleaning chores.
We value the cultural exchange from hosting artists and to this end have subsidized the base rate of the program to be $150 per person per month. We also have equity-based scholarships for artists who identify as BIPOC, latinx, queer, low income, and/or other historically marginalized, oppressed, or underrepresented groups.
Most residencies culminate with a “showing” of the work. This can take the form of: a performance, a workshop, a listening party, pop-up gallery, a blog post or social media takeover, etc.
Duration of stay
Most residencies we book are one month in duration, but we’re open to proposals for longer or shorter stays.
The AIR team
We’re here to set you up for success by answering questions by email before the residency, orienting you to the space when you when you arrive, answering questions and checking in during your stay, and support for planning your showing.
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Our residency program coordinators may be reached by e-mail: email@example.com