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. Since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.
Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways 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.
We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.
Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.
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.
Duration of Residency
The Artist in Residence Program consists of 4 seasons. Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks and all weeks has to be within one season.
Winter: Dec 1 - Feb 23
Spring: March 1 - May 24
Summer: June 1 - August 24
September 1 - November 24
Residency Fee and Accommodation
Shared accommodation sleeps 2 to 4 people $225/week
Private accommodation $325/week
Couples accommodation $425/week
Day Residency - no accommodation included: $75/week (For commuting residents only)
Arts Letters & Numbers facilities are a collection of buildings once part of the former textile complex Faith Mills along Burden Lake Road in Averill Park, NY: the House on the Hill, the Twins, the Barn, the Studios and the Shop. With a variety of different sized studio spaces, a wooden barn and the outdoor grounds, we welcome artists to think of these spaces at sites they can work with and within.
The shop is equipped with basic woodworking tools and an assortment of power and hand tools. Additional equipment are digital media, musical instruments including a 9’ concert grand piano, a 5’ baby grand and upright piano all available for artists to use.
Artists in residence are accommodated in the House on the Hill or the Twins with shared kitchen, bathrooms and communal spaces. Although residents are responsible for their own meals, it is always encouraged that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together, or prepare dishes for the community events. Everyone staying at Arts Letters & Numbers is expected to treat the facilities with care and consideration as well as be mindful of each other’s space. Whether it’s in a living or working situation, everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves, and to lend a helping hand when needed. Arts Letters & Numbers is based on the value and reward derived from communal efforts.
Studio / Workspace
Because each artist's studio needs differ, each artist is encouraged to find the best possible working space for their time here. All of the spaces are shared and no private studios are offered.
Expectations Towards the Artist
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.
Available Weekly Happenings
Monday afternoon: T-time; serious casual conversations in the ‘Shack in the Back’, making linkages with other minds through critical enquiries, abstractions and thoughts.
Tuesday Evening: Ping Pong gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community
Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast
The third Thursday of the month: 3rd Thursday a public event where residents, fellows and the community are invited to exhibit/perform/share their works in an informal setting with focus on personal interactions.
Other possible happenings: Opportunities of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references through; talks, exhibitions, performances, workshops, dinners, excursions etc.
Throughout the year Arts Letters & Numbers will hold programs in parallel to the residency program, each of these have to be applied for independently of the residency.
Disciplines Support and Technical Information
Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website, but if the works are not on a website, samples in pdf format can be sent directly to: email@example.com
Applications are reviewed within 14days post deadline. Any questions regarding the application can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a limited number of Scholarships available with partial reduction of the residency fee. Scholarships are only considered for applicants for whom this is crucial for their participation in the program, and require a separate application.