Summer 2019 | July 6th - August 4th 2019 | Averill Park, NY

We are pleased to announce a new dynamic structure for the Summer at ALN and we invite people to join us in a new framework of programs. Each of these programs will have different durations, tones and possibilities, they will be run in parallel while overlapping, they will be autonomous and interdependent, the hope is that the multiplicity of programs will allow a wider spectrum of experiences, of searching in depth and breadth and afford participants the time and space to explore their curiosities and create works in a multitude of ways. While each of these programs will have its own unique character, they have a shared aspiration of making space for people to pursue their questions in conversation with others, to embrace their curiosities and explore the emergent works within a creative community.

Summer at ALN offers the following programs: Thesis at ALN and Summer Residency program. These programs will be run in parallel and close proximity, each with its own autonomy and schedule, but with lots of opportunities for collaboration. Throughout the Summer at ALN there will be times for programmatic overlaps where artists from the programs will come together for collective sharing and learning. Summer at ALN will culminate in a two-day celebration. Concerts, performances, exhibitions, presentations, culinary explorations and all forms of expression that have emerged will be shared with an audience.

Below is a framework and outline of each of the programs of this summer. There are not a lot of rules at ALN, but one of them is if we know what’s going to happen we don’t do it! It is with precisely the same energy that we head towards this Summer, we are approaching this with all of the unknowing that we do all of our creative works and with the hope that it will bring insights to what has happened, what is happening and all that is to come.


Thesis at ALN is a new program led by David Gersten, to give artists, makers and thinkers of any discipline the time and space to explore their questions and to develop their personal works. The program includes a regular schedule of, one on one, studio visits with David, ALN Fellows and Visiting Artists, as well as, project-related explorations and events. Works can be pursued independently or in collaboration. The hope is that an organic environment emerges where people and their works can listen to one another

Revolution has many possible interpretations - it can signify a dramatic social, economic, political or scientific change, many of its meanings today originate with the title of Copernicus’, (1543) book: "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres." Revolution is placed as an invitation towards the scale, scope, depth and breadth of each individual’s curiosities, questions, explorations and works, it contains a gesture of multiple possibilities ‘turns’ to be discovered, at once, beyond us, around us and within us.


The Summer Residency offers a limited number of residencies for artists interested in the opportunity to interact with participants of ALN’s other ongoing programs and overlapping events. Residents are accepted either for the full duration of this summer season July 6th - Aug 4th, for the first two weeks July 6th - July 20th, or for the last two weeks July 21 - August 4th.

The Residency is designed to provide creative opportunities while developing meaningful relationships with other artists. With the freedom to shape one's workspace in the historic Faith Mills complex and the ability to work outdoors, the Residency cultivates individual and collaborative explorations as well as shared dinners, and bonfire conversations as dimensions of the creative process. We welcome artists and thinkers from all disciplines to explore their practice.

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.