Artists. Musicians. Thinkers. Writers. Makers. Scientists. Architects. Dreamers.
Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency, a place to create new linkages and pathways of understanding in an interdisciplinary environment. It is a place where people come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination.
The Residency is a space for individuals or groups to create new works while developing meaningful relationships with other artists. We welcome artists and thinkers from all disciplines to explore their practice and give them the opportunity to initiate discussions, solo or group exhibitions, performances, film screenings, or workshops. While none of the above is required, sharing has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience in-progress or completed works.
Located between woods, lakes, and the industrial architecture of Upstate New York, artists evolve their practice in tranquility and proximity to nature. With the freedom to shape your workspace in the historic Faith Mills complex and the ability to work outdoors, the Residency cultivates a space not only for individual explorations but also collaborations, shared dinners, and bonfire conversations as other dimensions of the creative process.
Arts Letters & Numbers relies on a unique community of committed local friends. More than being audience for the works, they have been actors, actresses, critics, hosts, and continuous supporters of the artists in residence. Arts Letters & Numbers is not only constructed by those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, fellows, residents, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it continues to be built by everyone who walks through the door. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is fundamental.
When people are free to act, interact, and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the Summer Workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.
DURATION OF RESIDENCY
Our Artist in Residence Program runs all year with the exception of July 1st - August 15th. The Program is put on hold due to our annual Summer Workshop.
Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks.
Arts Letters & Numbers facilities are a collection of buildings once part of the former textile complex Faith Mills along Burden Lake Road in Averill Park, NY: The House on the Hill, The Twins, The Barn and The Mill. With a variety of different sized studio spaces, a wooden barn and the outdoor grounds, we welcome artists to think of these spaces at sites they can work with and within. Because each artist's studio needs differ, we work with each artist to find the best possible working space for their time here.
We have an assortment of power and hand tools, digital media equipment, and musical instruments including a 9’ concert grand piano and upright piano all available for artists to use.
RESIDENCY FEE ACCOMMODATION
Shared accommodation sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private accommodations $275/week
Couples accommodation $375/week
Artists in residence are accommodated in The House on the Hill or the Twins with shared kitchens, bathrooms and communal spaces. Although residents are responsible for their own meals, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.
Day Residency - no accommodation included: $95/week
The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.
There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available with up to 50% reduction of the residency fee. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer and require dedication to the tasks that are taken on weekly for exchange. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange.
EXPECTATIONS TOWARDS THE ARTIST
Everyone staying at Arts Letters & Numbers is expected to treat the facilities with care and consideration as well as be mindful of each other’s space. Whether it’s in a living or working situation, everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves, and to lend a helping hand when needed. Arts Letters & Numbers is based on the value and reward derived from communal efforts.
AVAILABLE WEEKLY HAPPENINGS
Monday afternoon: T-time; serious casual conversations in the ‘Shack in the Back’, making linkages with other minds through critical enquiries, abstractions and thoughts.
Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community
Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast
Other possible happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)
Apply at http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/programs/residency-1
Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not have one, please send samples, writing or images directly to email@example.com
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at firstname.lastname@example.org