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Wassaic Project recognizes that artists who have families often opt-out of peer community building for practical reasons: residencies don’t often take children, events happen late at night, childcare is expensive. Bowie, Jeff and Eve (Wassaic co-founders) have kids; they’re all artists. They have families that they want to be with and not away from. And they ALSO want to connect with other artist peer groups and build community. While we can’t solve all these problems at once (yet!), we have solved the first one: we now offer Family Residencies from November – April from 1 to 8 weeks in length.
HOW TO APPLY:
We accept proposals for 1 to 8 weeks from November through April, and will work with each family to accommodate their specific needs. Each Family will be provided with a private house complete with a kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and three bedrooms. For more information, click here.
Residents are selected by a review committee composed of the board of directors and professionals in the field. They will be selected based on the quality of their work, commitment to their practice, and ability to interact positively with the community at large.
Notification of acceptance will be given within 60 days of the application due date. Accepted applicants will have 7 days to commit to attending the residency. After confirmation, resident’s security deposit and the first month’s fee are due.
STUDIOS + HOUSING:
The winter studios are located in the first and second floors of the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills. Residents will receive an adaptable raw studio that is roughly 100 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio. Artists also have access to the residency’s woodshop, located on the first floor of Maxon Mills. They also have the possibility to expand on large scale projects within the seven floors of Maxon Mills.
Residents are required to bring everything they need for their creative practice. Each studio is provided with a table, chair and limited lighting. They do not provide any art materials.
The Wassaic House Hotel, built in the 1850s by Noah Gridley of Noah Gridley and Son Ironworks, was a direct product of the railroad and functioned as a leisure location where upper class railroad passengers could rest, dine, and socialize. The hotel abuts the Maxon Mills and now serves as our winter residency studio space.
In an effort to serve and support emerging artists, they are able to subsidize residencies for all individual artists who do not have other forms of support. Thanks to the generous support of donors and grants, the fee for the Family residency is $900 per month, not including additional fees. They are open to shorter stays at a prorated rate.
For more information at The Wassaic Project’s Family Residency: