Location: Averill Park, NY, USA
Mission: Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new pathways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.
The Residency at Arts Letters and Numbers is a space for individuals to have full creative agency to develop new works in a peaceful and evocative environment and to have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other artists. We strive to cultivate a space that encourages collaborative and individual creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. With the Residency Program, artists from wide range of disciplines will be able to come together, ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.
The facilities are located in Averill Park, a small hamlet within the town of Sand Lake, a 25-minute drive from Albany, New York.
Averill Park is close to Albany and Troy – both with very interesting urban fabrics to explore – and a quick hour drive to Mass MOCA, Art OMI Outdoor Sculpture park, DIA:Beacon, Storm King and the towns of the Hudson. There is much more to explore and draw from this wonderful little town nestled in between Vermont’s backcountry, the Hudson River Valley and the Berkshires.
The the local community has played an important role in the creative life of the work. More than being audience to the works, they have been actors/actresses, critics and hosts, lending an unexpected but essential dimension to the development of works and the discourse around it. Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, residents, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place.
Cost: Shared accommodation $175/week
Private room $275/week
Application Fee: n/a
Number of Artists: Between 4-12 at a time
Length of Stay: From 1 to 12 weeks
Accommodations: The Resident has a choice of either private or shared accommodation. (See price) The house holds 3 shared bathrooms kitchen and social spaces. There is a large industrial 6 burner stove for use by all residents. Although residents are responsible for their own meals, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.
Facilities include a wood working and metalworking shop (unheated), private and shared studio spaces in the house, and larger space for dance and installations in the barn. There are two pianos, one 9′ concert grand and an upright located in the house.
Because each artist’s studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time.
Demographic/Medium: Established and emerging artists from any kind of background are eligible to apply for the program.
Benefits: The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. We welcome artists and thinkers from all disciplines to develop their work at our facilities.
Deadline: Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.