betterArts is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts throughout the Thousand Islands Region and beyond through the provision of workshops, residencies, private instruction, studio and gallery space, broadcasting, performances, and events. betterArts offers the opportunity to artists, writers, performers, and musicians with a residency program based out of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands Region. Residencies are designed to offer artists of every discipline space and time to work on specific projects; whether a series of paintings, a composition, book, set of sculptures, or album.
The environment is simple and communal. Residents are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of Better Farm as well as its peaceful environment. Residencies are for two weeks, three weeks, one month, or two-month periods. Basic facilities at Better Farm will be provided; but betterArts residents are expected to provide the majority of materials and equipment they would need for the production of their work.
At the conclusion of each residency, an artist is invited to present his or her work to the public in a gallery show, reading, performance, or via some other appropriate medium.
Two-story, renovated barn functioning as gallery and studio space (seasonal use only—during the winter, they set residents up in private studio spaces inside the main house).
A private room, 24/7 access to a fully stocked communal kitchen, linens and towels, WiFi, parking, and round-the-clock access to the Art Barn are all included in a low stipend required of all residents.
Located 10 miles from the Canadian Border along the St. Lawrence River and Indian River Lakes System. There are three lakes within walking distance; an on-site pond; vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens; shop space; open-air sheds for pottery and painting; and a two-story, renovated barn functioning as gallery and studio space.