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Wassaic Project 2020-2021 FAMILY Winter Residency Program Open Call

Type: Residencies, Workshops, Exchanges [View all]
Posted by: Wassaic Project
Deadline: Tue, June 9th, 2020

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The Wassaic Project is accepting proposals for our Family Winter Residency Program (November 2020 – April 2021) for artists, writers, curators, filmmakers, and other creatives and their families. Residencies are 1 – 8 weeks in length and families are considered full participants of our residency program, with additional housing accommodations. 


The Wassaic Project broadly defines “family” as a group of more than one individual where there is an in-house dependent relationship as a necessary caregiver. The Wassaic Project recognizes that artists who have caregiving relationships, as providers or recipients, often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons. The Wassaic Project aims to provide accommodations which increase access to our residency program. Examples of caregiving may include, but are not limited to: parent/child (parent is caregiver), child/parent (child is caregiver), partner/partner (where one partner is a supportive caregiver of other and cohabitation is required for caregiving), recipient of caregiving, or a self-selection into this application for separate and additional housing space by identifying as a family applicant. 


Housed in historic, landmark buildings, the residency program offers approximately ten artists each month the opportunity to live and work in the heart of a rural community. The Wassaic Project seeks artists working in a diverse range of media who want to produce, explore, challenge, and expand on their current art-making practices, while participating in a community-based arts organization. We welcome and value participants of all identities and backgrounds. Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the Wassaic Project Co-Directors, our Residency Director, and professionals in the field.


Residents will receive an adaptable studio space in the historic Maxon Mills. All studios are roughly 80-100 square feet. Family residents will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodation which includes a private house. Residents also have access to workshop facilities: a wood shop and a ceramics studio. 


Two to three times a month, artists-in-residence are invited to sign up for one-on-one studio visits with Visiting Artists/Critics. Our embedded critics - Ghost of a Dream - also make group studio visits each month, along with our Residency Director and additional WP staff. All residents are invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations, as well as Open Studios towards the end of their residency.


The actual cost of each residency is $5,000 per month, which includes a semi-private studio, private bedroom, full use of our facilities, visiting artist program, studio visits, insurance, and staff support. In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, we attempt to subsidize residencies for all individual artists who do not have other forms of support. Thanks to the generous support of donors and grants, the artist’s contribution for a family residency is $900 per month.

We also offer need-based financial assistance to residents for whom it would be impossible to attend without financial support. Financial need is self-reported by artists in their applications. We ask that artists who are in a position to fully contribute towards the residency fee please do so.


For more info:


Application Requirements:

Contact information

Answer the following question: We believe our residency works best as a creative laboratory untied to outcome. We would like to hear about what makes you curious, what you are interested in investigating, and what your jumping off point would be. (200 words max)

1 – 10 work samples 

CV (3 pages max)

2 references 

$25 application fee




Posted on Fri, April 24th, 2020
Expires on Tue, June 9th, 2020

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