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.
When people are free to act, interact, and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
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.
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.
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, the organizers work with each artist to find the best possible working space for their time there.
Wood and metal workshop, outdoor and indoor working spaces, WiFi, grand piano, library, industrial kitchen.
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