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Artists communities : a directory of residences in the United States that offer time and space for creativity
Snell, Tricia.
Second edition.
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New York : Allworth Press, [2000]

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xxxiii, 219 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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NX110 .A78 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This revised directory includes more than 80 residence opportunities available to visual and performing artists, composers and writers. Each listing includes information on contacting the community, the art disciplines served, facilities, housing, meals, selection process and fees.

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Library Journal Review

This directory of artists' communities (also called colonies or residencies) is a thoughtfully designed and up-to-date source for visual artists, writers, musicians, and scholars seeking temporary residence opportunities in the United States. Assembled by the Alliance of Artists' Communities, a consortium organized to support such programs, it focuses on organizations that fall within the alliance's guidelines--essentially, nonprofit community environments that have formal admissions policies and support artists as their primary obligation. Organized alphabetically by community name, the 80 entries (up from 70 in the 1996 edition) provide extensive information, including facilities and programs, application statistics, costs, history, mission statement, statement from the community's director, list of notable past residents, and a photograph of each community. An additional section, "Other Venues," describes programs such as apprenticeships and single-person residencies and a directory of international residency programs. A collection of tables (called indexes) at the end of the directory provides an overview of the communities with respect to artistic categories, seasons and deadlines, and geographic location. The introduction's weighty commentary on the role of artists' communities seems out of place, but otherwise this is a comprehensive, well-organized directory. Similar titles include Artists and Writers Colonies: Retreats, Residencies, and Respites for the Creative Mind, which will be published in a second edition this June by Blue Heron, and Artists' Resource: The Watson-Guptill Guide to Academic Programs, Artists' Colonies and Artist-in-Residence Programs, Conferences, Workshops (1999), which is much broader in scope, including MFA programs and workshops. Artists Communities is recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with large fine arts collections.--Eric Linderman, Ida Rupp P.L., Port Clinton, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This directory lists in alphabetical order 70 communities in the US that provide studios and housing for artists in a community setting that support more than one artist at a time. It describes each, includes a photograph, and provides expected facts (address, phone, fax, fees, artist categories), useful added information (meals, selection process, special programs), and wonderful added paragraphs about the community, history and mission, quotes from the director and participating artists, and lists of past artists. A map of the US shows the locations of the communities. Introductory material includes Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stanley Kunitz describing his early experience in Yaddo (Saratoga Springs) and the need for artists' communities in the present US climate of opposition to art, an overview of artists' communities, and experience of artists in their own words. "Other Venues," which lists 201 programs around the world that support artistic creativity (single-person residencies, grants, workshops, etc.), is arranged alphabetically by country, with address, phone, and fax numbers only. Following this list, five indexes in graph form depict artistic categories, regions, seasons and deadlines, fees and stipends, and access for the disabled. The book concludes with information about the Alliance of Artists' Communities--history, policy, staff, and member lists (institutional and private). All levels. R. P. Sasscer; Catholic University of America

Table of Contents

Stanley KunitzTricia SnellMichael Wilkerson
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Preface: How to Use this Directoryp. xi
What Are Artists' Communities?p. xv
Overview of the Field of Artists' Communitiesp. xvii
Cultivating American Creativity and Interdisciplinary Innovation: A Blueprint for Actionp. xxiii
Residency Experiencesp. xxv
Directory of Artists' Communities
18th Street Arts Complexp. 2
American Academy in Berlinp. 4
American Academy in Romep. 6
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studiesp. 8
Anderson Ranch Arts Centerp. 10
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Artsp. 12
Arrowmont School of Arts and Craftsp. 14
ArtCenter/South Floridap. 16
Art Farmp. 18
ART/OMI International Arts Centerp. 20
ArtPacep. 22
Atlantic Center for the Artsp. 24
Bemis Center for Contemporary Artsp. 26
Blue Mountain Centerp. 28
Brandywine Graphic Workshopp. 30
Carving Studio and Sculpture Centerp. 32
Centrump. 34
Contemporary Artists Centerp. 36
Creative Glass Center of America/Wheaton Villagep. 38
Djerassi Resident Artists Programp. 40
Dorland Mountain Arts Colonyp. 42
Dorset Colony Housep. 44
Edward F. Albee Foundation/William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Centerp. 46
Exploratoriump. 48
Fabric Workshop and Museump. 50
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetownp. 52
Friends of Weymouthp. 54
Gell Writers' Center of the Finger Lakesp. 56
Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciencesp. 58
Headlands Center for the Artsp. 60
Hedgebrookp. 62
International Art Center, c/o Arts for Allp. 64
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and Schoolp. 66
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Arts/Industry Programp. 68
Kala Institutep. 70
Kalani Oceanside Eco-Resort, Institute for Culture and Wellnessp. 72
Light Work Visual Studiesp. 74
MacDowell Colonyp. 76
Mary Anderson Center for the Artsp. 78
Mattress Factoryp. 80
Medicine Wheel Artists' Retreatp. 82
Mesa Refuge, c/o Common Counsel Foundationp. 84
Millay Colony for the Artsp. 86
Montana Artists Refugep. 88
Nantucket Island School of Design and the Artsp. 90
National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Centerp. 92
Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Womenp. 94
Northwood University, Alden B. Dow Creativity Centerp. 96
Oregon College of Art and Craftp. 98
Ox-Bowp. 100
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Centerp. 102
Penland School of Craftsp. 104
Peters Valley Craft Education Centerp. 106
Pilchuck Glass Schoolp. 108
Portland Institute for Contemporary Artp. 110
Ragdale Foundationp. 112
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Programp. 114
Saltonstall Arts Colony/The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Artsp. 116
Sculpture Space, Inc.p. 118
Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreatp. 120
Sitka Center for Art and Ecologyp. 122
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpturep. 124
STUDIO for Creative Inquiryp. 126
Studios Midwestp. 128
Sundance Institutep. 130
Triangle Artists' Workshop (New York)p. 132
Tryon Center for Visual Artp. 134
Ucross Foundation Residency Programp. 136
Vermont Studio Centerp. 138
Villa Aurorap. 140
Villa Montalvop. 142
Virginia Center for the Creative Artsp. 144
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Artsp. 146
Weir Farm Trustp. 148
Women's Art Colony Farmp. 150
Women's Studio Workshopp. 152
Woodstock Guild's Byrdcliffe Arts Colonyp. 154
Yaddop. 156
The Yardp. 158
Other Venues
Other Venues in the United Statesp. 163
International Residency Programsp. 171
Artistic Categoriesp. 180
Visual Artsp. 180
Writing, Music, Dance, Performancep. 183
Architecture, Design, Scholarshipp. 186
Unclassifiable, Notes (related to all artistic categories)p. 189
Regionsp. 193
Mapp. 194
Seasons and Deadlinesp. 196
Fees and Stipendsp. 199
Accessibilityp. 208
About the Alliance of Artists' Communitiesp. 215