10 days between May and October
Paid by host 
  • All food (does not include soda or alcohol)
  • Comfortable room
  • Shower, toilet, linens, other amenities to help you feel more at home
  • Transportation from nearest (to Rutledge, MO) train/bus station (LaPlata, MO; Quincy, IL; or Ottumwa, IA only)
Paid by artist 
  • all materials
  • transportation (if traveling by car)
  • transportation to train/bus station closest to Rutledge, MO if using public transportation
Application guidelines 

Please read program description for COMPLETE details online. You will be asked for:

  • application
  • resume/CV
  • photos + descriptions 10 work samples
  • $35.00 application fee

Milkweed Mercantile AiR Program

Milkweed Mercantile AiR Program

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage


The Artist-in-Residence Program at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage offers visual artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the inspiring landscape, people and mission of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Visual artists will create art, participate in the life of the village, and share his/her skills with members of the community. Selected artists stay in the Milkweed Mercantile Eco Inn for a ten-day period from May through October. No stipend is provided.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, begun in 1997, is a community demonstrating ecological sustainability. One of the world's foremost experiments in real-world ecological living, Dancing Rabbit’s 70+ residents have reduced their ecological impact by over 90% in areas such as transportation, energy and water use. Creative, cooperative economic models and an entrepreneurial base support the economic sustainability of the village. Education and research are integral to Dancing Rabbit’s goals. It actively shares its ideas and discoveries through visitor programs, publications and other media and has a mission of outreach and education. More info is available at

Accommodation Information 

The Milkweed Mercantile is quite possibly the only strawbale solar & wind-powered B&B in the United States. In addition to the three B&B rooms, the Mercantile features an organic cafe, a Healing Center (for massage, chiropractic and energy work), a store, and a seminar program. Since opening its doors in 2010, the Mercantile has hosted hundreds of guests, many of whom say that a visit at Dancing Rabbit has changed their lives. While this all sounds very serious, they also have a lot of fun! The mission of the Mercantile is to provide meaningful work and the demonstration of a life that is sustainable in all ways.

Artists will have his/her own room with a queen bed and a private entrance. Shared shower and toilet. Fresh organic and local (and delicious) food is provided from the cafe. Lots of room to roam. No private fridge space. More info on the Milkweed Mercantile here.

Studio Information 

There is not a separate studio but there are several private spaces from which you can choose to work. These include an airy, screened-in porch, a desk area and the guest lounge.

Technical Information 

The AiR program is located at an ecovillage and so your hosts ask that you consider this when choosing materials. Creative re-use is encouraged but not required. All electricity at Dancing Rabbit is renewable (solar and wind) and so equipment requiring electricity, especially heat-producing elements - such as kilns, electric irons, etc - are not encouraged. Items like sewing machines, which use far less electricity, are fine.


Northeastern Missouri, USA. The nearest towns are Rutledge (pop. 103) and Memphis (15 miles away, pop. 2,100). St. Louis and Kansas City are both approx. 2 1/2 hours away by car.

The area is rural, with gently rolling hills, on the edge of the tallgrass prairie. It is quiet, the nights are star-filled, and you will awaken to birdsong.

The Milkweed Mercantile
3 Dancing Rabbit Lane
Rutledge, MO 63563
United States
+1 660-883-5522

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