Retreats & Residencies for Artists & Writers

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National Parks Arts Foundation - Visit website for a list of participating National Parks

The National Park Arts Foundation started their Artist-in-Residence program in 2006 to provide opportunities to artists to live and work in National parks to create a body of work. Programs are specifically tailored to the artist’s project and the selected park. Residencies are one month and can accommodate artists from multiple disciplines such as sculpture, ceramics, dance, theatre, textiles, writers, new media, printmaking, and film.



Back to Basics Residency Program 2019

Back to Basics residency program gives artists the opportunity to clear their mind, get back to focus and (re)discover the very basis of their creative practice and being. Stop the information overflow, go offline and get back to focus in a supportive, natural environment in the middle of the Northern summer.


The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists

Eight-week artist's residency, just a short walk along the river Rance from Dinan, a "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire." The selection committee and program directors seek four to eight artists whose mix of media, approaches, styles, and focus will create a dynamic and collegial community.


Art Quarter Budapest’s International Artist-in-Residence Program

Art Quarter Budapest offers varied services to integrate their residents into the local art scene and assist in establishing professional connections that best support their work and career. AQB personnel provide assistance through the program, catering to practical needs related to life in Budapest, to obtaining the necessary materials, equipment and more. All entering participants are offered a fully furnished room within a communal apartment located on the AQB premises, as well as a studio space catering to the project’s requirements.


Heima Art Residency 2019

Heima is a multidisciplinary art residency for The physical space is a 350 square meter combined house and studio/exhibition space. In 2019 Heima will offer two 3 months residency periods, each involving six artist carefully curated. The program offers complete access to Heima’s facilities for ninety days.

NES Writer’s Retreat

This writing retreat is hosted by the Nes Artist Residency in the village of Skagaströnd, in Iceland’s north-west. Nes is a well established residency with 11 years experience hosting over 900 artists. In this 10-day writing retreat, you will learn from established Icelandic authors and gain an authentic experience of Iceland away from the main tourist routes.


Bogliasco Residency Program

An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month residential Fellowships to gifted artists and scholars of all ages and nationalities. During their month-long stay at the Center, Bogliasco Fellows are provided with living quarters, full board, and a separate private studio.

CRETA Rome Artist Residencies

C.R.E.T.A. Rome offers self-funded residencies to international ceramicists, visual artists and writers for periods of 4 or 5 weeks. The residency includes a semi-private equipped studio, housing in the historical center of Rome, and technical assistance in procuring materials for your work, firings, etc., advice on museums, galleries and sites in Rome and beyond.

Offshore Residency - Northern coast of Sardinia and the southern coast of Corsica

The Offshore Residency offers an extensive one-week program where artists live, work, and travel together aboard a sailboat. Each Offshore journey navigates to a specific, historic region, where participants engage with local communities through special exhibitions, projects, talks, screenings and events coordinated by the program. Through these relationships, artists will have the opportunity to reflect upon their work and its objectives outside of marketplace demands and experience the rigors and rewards of sailing under the guidance of experienced captains.

United States


Alderworks Alaska - Skagway, AK

The purpose of Alderworks Artist & Writers Retreat is to enhance the creative process. If you are accepted, how you succeed at creating new or better work is pretty much up to you. What we provide is a simple setting, secluded on the edge of wilderness, that is meant to inspire.


The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Open year-round, this colony in Arkansas hosts dozens of writers each year for residencies ranging from one week to three months.


Dorland Mountain Arts Colony - Temecula, California

Dorland’s mission is to provide a unique working retreat for visual artists, writers, and musicians inspiring creativity in a secluded, natural setting.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program - Santa Cruz, California

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one hour south of San Francisco. The program offers gorgeous architecture, the time and space to interact with peers, and critical dialogue for growing your own individual practice, in a pristine landscape. Best of all, the program is offered at no cost to artists, should you be accepted.  

Headlands Center for the Arts - Sausalito, California

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends.

Villa Montalvo Artist Residency Program - Saratoga, California

The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) is designed to offer artists from a range of disciplines an environment conducive to individual and collaborative creative practice. Seeking to stimulate an energetic exchange of ideas between culturally diverse Fellows and across varied artistic fields and scholarly disciplines, the residency has earned international recognition as a model of curatorial practice supporting the development of new and challenging contemporary work. 

Writing Between the Vines - Sonoma, California

Vineyard retreats for writers in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and poetry.


HBMG Foundation Playwrights Retreat - Creede, Colorado

A playwright-based retreat, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat prioritizes the playwright, not the work being produced. Playwrights have an opportunity to have work read or sung, conversation over dinners and coffees, sightseeing in the San Juan Mountains, and an introduction to local theaters. The retreat provides respite and renewal for playwrights. Inevitably, the artist's rejuvenation finds its way into her work. In enabling the playwright freedom from expectations, we enable the art.

HBMG Foundation Actors Retreat - Crede, Colorado

A project of the HMBG Foundation and in conjunction with the National Winter Playwrights Retreat, the National Winter Actors Retreat invites actors to experience a two-week, conservatory-style program amid the natural beauty and mountains of Creede, Colorado. This unique acting intensive aims to cultivate skills to bolster the working actor, and to create a personal growth model by which actors can develop current and future professional goals. This is a retreat to develop your abilities and to strengthen your soul. We are interested in who you are.


Artspace 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence - New Haven, Connecticut

A one-year residency that includes studio space, a culminating solo exhibition of work created during the year, a monthly work exchange at Artspace, and the opportunity to get involved in public programs.


Kerouac Project - Orlando, Florida

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident—a Welcome Potluck dinner, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. 

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program - Smyrna Beach, Florida

Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world’s masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world.


Hambidge - Rabun Gap, Georgia

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

Ossabaw Island Writers Retreat - Savannah, Georgia

Set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific and cultural studies, Ossabaw Island’s unspoiled beauty has attracted writers, artists, and musicians to live on the island for short periods of reflection, research, and creativity since 1961. The Retreat spans six days and includes five nights lodging, meals, ferried transportation to the island, writing workshops, one-on-one manuscript consultations with nationally recognized authors, craft seminars and readings.


Seven Devils Playwrights Conference - McCall, Idaho

Even though this is technically a conference, it’s also kind of like a retreat! After all, it happens in the dreamy town of McCall, Idaho. Each June, since 2001, theater artists from around the country have gathered in the rural, mountain community of McCall, Idaho for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Now entering its 18th year, the Conference has developed and presented nearly 200 new American plays and has offered free playwriting workshops led by some of the country’s finest playwrights


Ragdale Foundation Residency - Lake Forest, Illinois

Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Each session, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work on a 5-acre historic campus beside a beautiful 50-acre prairie, 30 miles north of Chicago. With live/work studios, all meals provided, and unmatched staff support, Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work.


Mary Anderson Center for the Arts - Mount St. Francis, Indiana

For more than 25 years the mission of the Mary Anderson Center has been to provide time and place where artists can concentrate and work.  Each year talented, gifted artists come to the Center.  Here, in the serenity of the southern Indiana hills,  artists work to inspire and expand their own artistic vision.  Artists who come to the Mount can have a private room, studio space and the freedom to explore the 400+ acres of fields, woods, and lake. 

New Harmony Project - New Harmony, Indiana

The purpose of The New Harmony Project is to create, nurture and promote new works for the stage, television, and film that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. New Harmony Project also offers parent residency programs.


Bernheim Artist in Residence Program - Louisville, Kentucky

At once a haven for nature-lovers and artists alike, the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Center is founded on the mission of “strengthening the bond between people and nature by finding new ways to connect nature with people’s lives.” Situated within a 14,000-acre property with over 8,000 species of plants and 40 miles of hiking trails, this larger-than-Manhattan preserve welcomes artists from all backgrounds for one to three months for artistic exploration.

Kentucky Foundation for Women Residency Program - Louisville, Kentucky

Since 1987, the retreat and residency programs have served more than a thousand women and girls including artists, activists, feminists, eco-feminists, art critique groups, drumming circles, quilting groups, social justice groups, girls’ empowerment groups, arts organizations, and social service organizations.


New Orleans Writers’ Residency - New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Writers' Residency is a writers' collective in the heart of New Marigny, a culturally rich neighborhood close to the French Quarter. The Residency provides space for writers to step away from their lives and focus on writing in the comfort of a restored 19th century shotgun double.


Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture - Skowhegan, Maine

Skowhegan promotes engagement with peers and a focus on process and experimentation. Although the residency has become most widely recognized for its focus on painting, they accept artists working in a variety of mediums. The program gives artists complete freedom during their residency, but also provides resources and weekly lectures for guidance and feedback.


Fine Arts Work Center - Provincetown, Massachusetts

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is a nonprofit organization dedicated  to encouraging the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers and to restoring the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown. The Work Center is internationally known for it acclaimed 7-month residency program granting fellowships to 20 emerging writers and artists, as well as its open enrollment Summer Workshop Program, an online writing program 24PearlStreet, and an extensive series of year-round cultural events and exhibition.


Ox-Bow Fall Artists and Writers Residency - Saugatuck, Michigan

The Ox-Bow’s Fall Residency is designed for artists and writers at many different points in their careers. This residency is an incredible opportunity for emerging artists looking to launch their career with the help of dedicated time, access to resources and mentorship. The fall residency offers a wider variety of studios that can be used for artists of different mediums to collaborate.


Anderson Center - Redwing, Minnesota

The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. 

Tofte Lake Center Residency Programs - Tofte Lake, Minnesota

Tofte Lake Center provides a broad range of options for artists and arts organizations to participate in week-long residencies. There are many residency options to choose from as well as guided retreats.


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - Nebraska City, Nebraska

The mission of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is to support established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers by providing working and living environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth and to present and support arts-related programming that expands public awareness and appreciation of the arts. 


The Neon Museum 2019 National Artist Residency - Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Museum National Artist Residency (AIR) is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the collection while providing artists the opportunity to create new work in an unconventional setting. Each residency is accompanied by programming to engage the community and museum visitors, providing exposure to new artists and a fresh perspective on the collection.

Roger’s Art Loft Residency - Las Vegas, Nevada

During a Rogers Art Loft residency, artists will reside at The Lucy and have a studio space at surrounding partner locations, dependent on their studio needs. An orientation of the area will occur over the first few days in residence, allowing artists to engage with community, to give historical and geographical context to the Las Vegas valley, and to provide resources available throughout the residency period. We consider the artist residency to be a place of research, development and creation for artists and an offering of time, space, and support for exploration.


The Harrisville Atelier for Theatre, Creation and Hypothesis (HATCH) - Harrisville, NH

HATCH at the Schoolhouse brings female-identified and non-binary artists to bucolic southern New Hampshire to begin development on a new piece of theatre. This week-long artistic retreat is designed for those with a seedling of an idea to begin experimenting in the creative, historically preserved mill town of Harrisville, New Hampshire, away from the distractions of home.

MacDowell Colony - Peterborough, New Hampshire

Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony mission has been to create a space where inspiration happens on a daily basis. They do that by providing essential support for emerging and established artists by bringing together diverse, multidisciplinary talent to exchange ideas and pursue creative work.


Blue Mountain Center - Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Supporting writers, artists, and activists, this artist’s community offers three different month-long sessions in the summer and early fall, including free room and board. 

Byrdcliffe 2019 Artist Residencies - Woodstock, New York

Byrdcliffe Artist Residencies offer uninterrupted time and space for artists of all disciplines to work in a creative community on the 250-acre Catskill mountain historic campus just two hours north of NYC. The AiR Program offers several residency options ranging from four weeks to five months in duration, with various live/work spaces available for each session; Ceramic artists are able to apply for 1, 2, or 4 month residencies.

ChaNorth Summer Residency - Pine Plains, New York

ChaNorth is a New York State artist residency aimed at providing a nourishing, focused environment for emerging and established artists as they continue their committed practices.

Family Residency at Ryder Farm - Brewster, New York

Now in its fifth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency, founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, provides a weeklong residency on the farm for working parents and their children. The Family Residency offers an artist-parent with structured time to create, while their child(ren) participate in nature-focused arts programming under the guidance and expertise of professional theatre educators. All family residents (parents and children) enjoy three communal farm-fresh meals daily. The residency culminates in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished by both parents and children while in residence at SPACE. As of 2018, SPACE welcomes artist-parents with children who are 3 to 12 years of age to apply.

The Edward F. Albee Foundation - Montauk, New York

The Edward F. Albee Foundation exists to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance. Using only talent and need as the criteria for selection, the Foundation invites any and all artists to apply. 

HERE | HARP Artist Residency - New York City

One of the most robust residency programs in the country and serving as a national model, HARP provides a commission, development support, career planning, and a full production to hybrid artists, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. HARP provides significant long-term support, as well as $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in space, equipment and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs. Through significant investment of time and resources, dynamic work within a strong community is created. (Must me a resident of the NYC metro area.)

The Millay Colony for the Arts - Austerlitz, New York

Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center. Their mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by supporting artists with rural retreats and workshops, and to support students, our artists-to-be, with a range of free arts programs and mentorships. In all that they do, the goal is to encourage creative intensity and exploration and foster community among artists from every background and at every stage of their career.

The Orchard Project - Saratoga & New York City

The Orchard Project is one of the preeminent performance laboratories in the United States, designed to fuel innovation in performance and support bold voices and big new ideas. Founded by Artistic Director Ari Edelson in 2008, the Orchard Project supports professional artists and helps them to develop their bold ideas. It has birthed 250+ shows that have been performed for more than 2,500,000 people in New York, London, and as far afield as Tokyo and Stockholm.

Omi International Arts Center - Ghent, NY

Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. 

Residency 108: Spring Session 2019 - Clermont, New York

Residency 108 invites artists, writers, and thinkers to immerse themselves in their creative practice. They particularly welcome those who work with nature, ecology and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The program accommodates three artists at a time. Each resident will be asked to present their work during the residency and weekly critiques are held as a group, sometimes with a visiting critic.

Residency Unlimited - Brooklyn, New York

RU fosters customized residency environments for artists and curators in all disciplines and at all stages of practice. Participants receive critical, production, and administrative assistance. Substantial emphasis is placed on building networking capacity for the residents.

The Wassaic Project 2019 Summer Residency Program - Wassaic, New York

The Wassaic Project is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting artists, performers, and writers. Artists create a body of work and participate in conversations, open-studios, and artist talks. To top it off, they also have a visiting curators and artists series in addition to your housing and studio space.

Yaddo - Saratoga Springs, New York

Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.


New River Dramatists - Mooresville, North Carolina

New River exists to nurture our finest writers of plays, screenplays, fiction and poetry, and to encourage them to create the best work of which they are capable. New River values distinctively original voices who write with a love of language and a compassion for the human condition, however troubled it may be. 

Wildacres Retreat - Little Switzerland, North Carolina

The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past eighteen years has hosted nearly 700 writers, artists, musicians and others. Wildacres offers one- and two-week residencies from April through October.


Ignition Arts - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Incubator Residency for Playwrights provides one artist a week-long residency in Oklahoma City that will culminate in a workshop performance of a new piece in development.


Fishtrap - Joseph, Oregon

Fishtrap is a week-long writer’s conference and residency that takes place in the summer. Fishtrap is located in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains with workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir. Year-long programming is also available.


Headlong Performance Institute - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Headlong is an activator of performance research, of cultural inquiry and of overlapping layers of communities.  We incubate projects by supporting and sponsoring artists and we engage audiences by asking people to participate in the work. The Headlong Apartments exist to offer artists comfortable and affordable housing for short-term stays. Situated above our studios at 1170 S. Broad St and located in South Philadelphia’s arts corridor only steps away from the Broad St subway line and number 4 Bus for easy access to other areas of the city.

South Carolina

SVAD Artists Residency Program - Columbia, SC

The School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina invites visual artists to submit applications for the spring session of the 2019 Artist Residency Program which is intended to address themes of environment and ecology.


Virgina Center for the Creative Arts - Amherst, Virginia

VCCA advances the arts by providing a creative space in which our best national and international artists produce their finest literature, visual art and music. This selective residency is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and accepts artists of all types. Residencies are offered year-round and last from two weeks to two months


Hedgebrook - Whidbey Island, Washington

Hedgebrook is expressly created for women writers. Featuring six handcrafted cottages located on Whidbey Island, outside of Seattle, 40 women attend each year to immerse themselves in free residencies of two to six weeks in length, running from February through October. 

Mineral School - Mineral, Washington

Mineral School nurtures literary, performing, and visual artists to generate new work and present that work to the public. We accomplish this through both an overnight artists residency program and public events. 

Willapa Bay AiR - Oysterville, Washington

Willapa Bay AiR, situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state. They offer month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year.


 Vermont Studio Center - Johnson, Vermont

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. 


Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts - Saratoga, Wyoming

Brush Creek Foundation for The Arts is a non-profit organization offering time and space for artistic exploration to visual artists, writers, musicians and composers from all backgrounds, level of expertise, media and genres. Two separate three week residency sessions are offered per year depending on availability and applicant’s ranking in jury process.

Jentel Arts - Banner, Wyoming

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.

Ucross Foundation - Northeastern Wyoming

Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides a rare gift in today's world – uninterrupted time – along with work space and living accommodations, to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers.