Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new pathways of understanding that embody their best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories. 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.
The Residency at Arts Letters and Numbers is a space for individuals to have full creative agency to develop new works in a peaceful and evocative environment and to have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other artists. The organizers strive to cultivate a space that encourages collaborative and individual creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. With the Residency Program, artists from wide range of disciplines will be able to come together, ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
Many artists who have come here have found that crucial to the making of new works comes the need to discuss it, the ideas around it, to receive response to it, to share the influences of it, and this has been exciting to facilitate what seems to be an organic development of the programming of the place as it becomes necessary. The important distinction here is that none of it is required; it has all emerged out of the creative necessity and desire of the work itself.
It is important to recognize the role the local community has played in the creative life of the work. More than being audience to the works, they have been actors/actresses, critics and hosts, lending an unexpected but essential dimension to the development of works and the discourse around it. Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, residents, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.
Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.
Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, they work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time.
Wood and metal workshop, outdoor and indoor working spaces, WiFi, grand piano, library, industrial kitchen.
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