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Ragdale offers architects, artists, writers, musicians and composers of the highest caliber an inspiring, supportive environment where they can produce enduring creative works. More than 150 residencies and fellowships are offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country.
Ragdale was founded in 1976 in Lake Forest, Illinois by poet Alice Judson Hayes, the granddaughter of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. In 1897, Shaw had built the country estate where the Ragdale Foundation is located, on the edge of a beautiful 50-acre prairie. Ragdale was the family’s summer retreat, and included an outdoor theatre, the Ragdale Ring, where Shaw’s friends and family frequently performed for the Lake Forest community. Today, Ragdale draws on that rich artistic heritage, hosting performances, open studios, seminars and lectures that are open to the public as well as providing time and space for creative professionals to do their work.
For more information and to apply please visit their website: http://ragdale.org/residency/apply/