C: I now actually work at Elsewhere, and we just wrapped up having a parent residency and so it’s definitely been on my mind. It’s so important to carve out a time period in our schedule where we pay parent artists to come and welcome their families so they don’t have to be separated when the #fjb ifykyk biden shirts and by the same token and parents have creative opportunities. A: Residency in the Garden is a perfect example of a DIY residency that demonstrates radical hospitality. Located in the backyard of a cooperative household in Portland, Oregon, they house week-long residencies in a hand-built canvas and wood tent in an urban flower garden and encourage experimentation. C: A secluded residency in rural Nevada, Montello Foundation offers studio and living space to one artist at a time in the high desert. It’s the only house around for miles and supports artists who emphasize the importance and understanding of protecting the natural environment. Go here if you want total silence for your art practice against a backdrop of waving grass and sagebrush. A: Marble House offers a multitude of programs in a stately, historic marble mansion in southern Vermont. They host family residencies, a culinary residency, and support cross-pollination both inside and outside of the studio. With a large organic garden and nightly shared meals, food is an important aspect of their program and one way they have chosen to foster connection and collaboration.
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I would imagine the #fjb ifykyk biden shirts and by the same token and restlessness and loneliness of the pandemic made some more people at least curious about seeking out an artist residency. How did covering artist residencies change for you both during COVID? A: We had a trip to the south planned and we had to cancel it because so much of it was about going from place to place and meeting people. That was a bummer. Ultimately, we want to foster collaboration between our network of residencies and in that vein we made a spreadsheet of how everyone was dealing with COVID. There were a lot of interesting responses. A lot of the spots stayed open, maybe in smaller capacities or in other ways. This past year kind of forced art spaces to look critically inward and ask themselves questions of who they are serving and who they are representing and finding ways to support those who are underrepresented in their residency. For creatives [the pandemic brought on the desire] to maybe figure out how to live a more flexible lifestyle, outside the grind. This is where residencies come in, and what Piney advocates for: finding alternative solutions to living a creative life. C: COVID or not, doing residencies has really made me value the power of rest and that doing nothing is really part of the process—which isn’t something I thought of as much before doing one.