There is a limited number of Scholarships available with partial reduction of the residency fee. Scholarships are only considered for applicants for whom this is crucial for their participation in the program, and require a separate application.
Online application. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to [email protected].
Applications are reviewed within 14 days post deadline. Any questions regarding the application can be sent to: [email protected].
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 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.
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.
The Artist in Residence Program consists of 4 seasons. Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks and all weeks has to be within one season.
COVID-19 Update: This calls for new ways of navigating and opening spaces for people to share experiences and works. Not being able to physically be in the same space together is new for all of us. We are asking, what are the questions of now? How do we embrace the huge unknowns and continue to build communities, to bring people, works, voices, and thoughts together? In this time of great uncertainty our mission remains; to bring people together and embrace the unknown.
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.
This will be the 9th summer at Arts Letters & Numbers and it is a great joy to announce Summer 2020. This summer they will have multiple programs, each with their own unique character, time frame and structure with lots of opportunities for collaboration. Running in parallel and close proximity, the programs offer space for people to pursue their questions in conversation with others and create emergent works within a creative community. The Summer 2020 programs have been organized in continuity with the year-round programming, affording people the opportunity to continue their work beyond the summer season.
Artists in residence are accommodated in the House on the Hill or the Twins with shared kitchen, bathrooms and communal spaces. Although residents are responsible for their own meals, it is always encouraged that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together, or prepare dishes for the community events. 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.
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, the Studios and the Shop. With a variety of different sized studio spaces, a wooden barn and the outdoor grounds, they welcome artists to think of these spaces at sites they can work with and within. The shop is equipped with basic woodworking tools and an assortment of power and hand tools. Additional equipment are digital media, musical instruments including a 9’ concert grand piano, a 5’ baby grand and upright piano all available for artists to use.
Because each artist's studio needs differ, each artist is encouraged to find the best possible working space for their time here. All of the spaces are shared and no private studios are offered.
Wood and metal workshop, outdoor and indoor working spaces, WiFi, grand piano, library, industrial kitchen.