Good Hart Artist Residency
The Good Hart Artist Residency offers 10–21-day residency stays to visual artists, writers, and composers at any stage of their career. Tucked into the woods along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route, residents can walk into the village of Good Hart, enjoy Lake Michigan and the nearby sand dunes, and explore Northern Michigan’s inland lakes and wetlands. The Good Hart Artist residency generally hosts one resident at a time, offering each artist the time, space and quiet to focus and create.
Community is central to the mission of the Good Hart Artist Residency. Open Studio Saturdays offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work with local residents for one Saturday during their stay, and the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book connects resident writers to both local and literary communities. Each artist collaborates with a local nonprofit organization during their stay to lead an educational event, workshop, or exhibition. Please visit our local partnerships page for additional information about these collaborations.
Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve are just a few of the many nearby parks that offer inspiring landscapes and diverse habitats. The widely varying weather conditions and unique scenery provide dramatic content for artists, writers and composers. Applicants who will draw inspiration from the natural setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are especially encouraged to apply.
Part of their mission is to connect the artist with the local community. They do this by facilitating collaboration with one of the local community partners. Typical projects include an artist workshop or talk during the residency. They currently have partnerships with the following organizations: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Harbor Inc, Little Traverse Nature Conservancy, Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Big Water Creative Arts, and Springfed Arts.
Detached Studio Space:
- approximately 14 by 24-foot studio space,
- 10 by 10-foot outdoor covered porch
- 9 by 8-foot studio hydraulic lift door
- workbench with basic tools
- bathroom/storage area
- natural and track lighting
- easels including a travel/field easel
- basic miscellaneous art supplies, drop cloth, mineral spirits, rags, waste disposal
- high-speed WiFi internet
Each artist is housed in a private residence with a detached studio, a kitchen stocked with basic foods, a few home-cooked meals from local hosts, and a quiet setting along the shores of Lake Michigan. The house is a one-bedroom contemporary space with beach access to Lake Michigan a short walk away.
- Main floor master bedroom with queen size bed, dressers and a desk
- Main floor full bath with roll-in shower.
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Washer and dryer on the main floor
- Main floor living room with a futon
- Concrete floors on the main floor with in-floor heating
- Open upstairs loft with a reading area and queen size sleeper sofa
- Half bath in the loft
- Covered porch entry with ramped access
- Patio with small grill
- Outdoor firepit and outdoor furniture
- No television
- high-speed WiFi internet