Creative people such as artists, writers, dancers, composers, etc. need time away from the daily grind in order to think and create new artworks. The artist residency is such a place.
Artists residencies may be located in rural areas, deep in the woods, or may be located in the heart of vibrant cities. What they do have in common, is that they provide live/work spaces for artists to focus on their work for a short period like a couple weeks to even lengthier one year residencies.
And just like in the arts, variety is the key here. Some residencies focus on painting, while others focus on theater or digital arts. Here is a brief sampling of some of the artists residencies available in the United States. Click on the individual profile for detailed information about the residency.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center has a focus on ceramics as its founder invented American raku. The Colorado residency was established in 1968 and also accepts photographers, sculptors and wood workers.
Atlantic Center for the Arts near Daytona Beach in Florida is an interdisciplinary artists' community where master artists work alongside emerging artists in a nurturing environment for the creation of the arts.
Centrum Artist in Residence is located in scenic Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington. Both individual and collaborative projects are encouraged.
The Millay Colony for the Arts, located in the rural environment of Austerlitz, NY, was established in 1973. It was originally the home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.