Since 1980, the Centrum Artists-In-Residence program has welcomed hundreds of artists and creative thinkers to immerse themselves in the historic charm and natural beauty of Fort Worden. The campus has sweeping views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges, miles of wandering beach and forest trails, and a peppering of World War I–era batteries and bunkers.
Creative professionals from all disciplines and backgrounds can take advantage of charming cabins, studio spaces, and a rich array of resources including Corvidae Press and Rainshadow recording studio. These self-directed residencies allow both individuals and collectives to customize experiences that range from creative solitary pursuits to collaborative productions.
Residents can expect semi-rustic experiences in comfortable cabins or apartments. Visual artists have their choice of a few studios of different sizes, including use of the printmaking studio at Corvidae Press for experienced printmakers. Their campus includes several organizations with whom a resident can arrange to connect such as: Rainshadow recording studio, Madrona MindBody Institute, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and the Port Townsend School of the Arts.
Residencies are application-based and scheduled in weekly increments between mid-August and the beginning of June.
Artists, writers, performers, musicians, and creative professionals of all disciplines are encouraged to customize their time and conduct self-directed residencies. Projects might be the creative work of an individual or encompass the collaborative work of a group. Centrum assists in making connections to community partners and organizations as projects may dictate, including proposals that involve locations on the Fort Worden State Park. Residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate in open studios and provide talks, readings, or other modes of engagement with the community of Port Townsend.
Studio spaces are in separate buildings and come in several shapes and sizes. Some spaces have access to sinks and wall space. Currently there are no studio spaces with ventilation, so the use of oil or toxic materials is discouraged. The Program Manager will work with artists on a case-by-case basis to determine the best location for various projects and mediums. Additional fees apply for studio spaces. All technical equipment or supplies must be provided by the resident.
Charming and semi-rustic cabins and apartments contain private bedrooms and shared kitchens. Each 2-3 bedroom unit has a living room/dining room space, a fully equipped kitchen, and full bathroom. Artists are housed according to availability and individual working habits, preferences and needs.
Centrum partners with Corvidae Press to provide a printmaking facility for those with previous printmaking experience. Corvidae is a cooperative-run printing studio and the studio is a shared space. If you are interested in using Corvidae, you must indicate this on your application to be considered. Also, if you are interested in connecting with Rainshadow Recording, Madrona MindBody Institute, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, the Port Townsend School of the Arts, or another organization on campus or in Port Townsend, please indicate your interest on your application.
Located within the Fort Worden State Park, Centrum residencies take place on a historic campus, formerly a turn-of-the-century army base. Shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, and cultural sites are accessible by public transit, biking, or a 5-10 minute drive away.
The park is 440 acres and full of hiking trails, beach access, and historical fixtures. It is possible to work in some of the unusual batteries and bunkers with permission from the State Park.