Applications Now Open For 2019 Residencies At SPACE On Ryder Farm
SPACE on Ryder Farm--a nonprofit residency program for artists and activists located on a 223 year-old working organic farm in Brewster, NY--announced that applications for all of its 2019 residency programs are now open for submission. Due to increasing demand, SPACE announced in July that it was changing its submission process to allow the organization sufficient time for review. The deadline to submit applications for the June-October 2019 season is now 11:59PM EST on October 8th, 2018. Applications are available at www.spaceonryderfarm.org/programs.
SPACE on Ryder Farm provides nearly 150 residents each season with the opportunity to focus on their work away from the stress and noise of everyday life. Residencies at SPACE are self-determined to meet the needs of each individual resident or group, and are centered around three communal farm fresh meals daily. Residents are provided housing, meals, artistic support and access to 127 acres of organic farmland, just ninety minutes outside of NYC. SPACE's main residency season is June through October each year.
New for 2019, SPACE will also accept applications from resident alumni to return to the farm for a Season Extension Residency in February 2019. Applications for the Season Extension Residency only are due by Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.
As of 2017, all individual and small group residences are provided at no cost to participants. Aligned with SPACE's core belief that inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality are not only important to creating art, but are vital in creating dialogue that leads to lasting change, SPACE endeavors to grant at least 50% of residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices.
Individuals and groups in all creative disciplines are encouraged apply for SPACE's signature programs:
- The Working Farm, SPACE's resident writers' group, offers eight playwrights, composers, lyricists and/or librettists five non-consecutive residency weeks on Ryder Farm to develop new work. Alumni of the program include Rob Askins, Jeff Augustin, Clare Barron, Adam Bock, Sarah Burgess, David Cale, Cusi Cram, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Dan LeFranc, Antoinette Nwandu, Max Posner, Jen Silverman, Shaina Taub, James Anthony Tyler, Mfoniso Udofia and Anne Washburn.
- The Family Residency, founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, supports working parents and their children by providing structured work time for the parent-residents and creative and nature-focused programming for their children. Alumni of the program include Tony-winning costume designer Linda Cho, visual artist Gail Biederman, writer Terrance Flynn, Obie-winning playwright Kirsten Greenidge, writer Pooja Makhijani, choreographer Yvonne Montoya, MacArthur Fellow and playwright Sarah Ruhl, composer Georgia Stitt and their children.
- The Greenhouse Residency offers seven early-career playwrights a week-long residency on Ryder Farm for writing and professional development workshops, including one-on-one sessions with playwright mentors.
- Creative Residencies provide individual artists, activists, organizers and small groups with one or two-week residencies. Alumni of the program include LGBT rights activist James Lecesne; theatre artists Lisa D'Amour, Young Jean Lee, Mike Lew, Martyna Majok, Dave Malloy, Sam Pinkleton, Keith Randolph Smith and Ikechukwu Ufomadu; comedian John Early; poet Safia Elhillo; poet and activist Naima Penniman; sexual health educators Kimbritive (Brittany Brathwaite and Kimberly Huggins); author and performer Isaac Oliver; feminist fashion and beauty writer Arabelle Sicardi; and musicians and performers Sxip Shirey, Grace McLean and Shaina Taub.
- The Creative Solutions Symposium provides a week-long residency for social justice organizations to advance planning for social justice initiatives. Alumni of the program include criminal justice reform advocate Johnny Perez, 5 Boro Defenders, And Also Too, The Correctional Association of New York, The Gathering For Justice, H.O.L.L.A., Kings County District Attorney's Office Re-entry Task Force, NYC Anti-Violence Project, SPARK Movement, The TREVOR Project, UMass-Amherst Department of Economics and U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.
- The Season Extension Residency provides SPACE alumni with an opportunity to return to the farm for a two-week or month-long February residency. Applications are open to alumni of all programs who have spent two or more weeks at SPACE in previous seasons. Please note: applications for the Season Extension Residency are due by Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.
- Institutional Residencies provide arts and nonprofit organizations with time and space to hold strategic planning retreats, workshop projects and convene artist groups, fellows and grantees. Alumni of the program include The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Opening Act, The Dramatists Guild Fund, EST, Goodman Theatre, New Dramatists, Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre, Theatre Communications Group and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Two information sessions for prospective applicants will be offered in NYC and online with SPACE's program staff. The in-person session will take place August 29th, 2018 at 6:30PM at 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY. An online info session will be live-streamed on August 30, 2018 at 12:30PM via Facebook Live. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.spaceonryderfarm.org/applications.
ABOUT SPACE ON RYDER FARM
Founded in 2011 by Emily Simoness and Susan Goodwillie, SPACE on Ryder Farm is a one-of-a-kind residency located on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Putnam County, NY, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE creates an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and contributes to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.
Through its fully-subsidized residency programs, spanning playwriting to filmmaking to social justice, SPACE has hosted over 1,200 residents since its founding, and has developed a reputation as an incubator for some of our culture's most exciting and relevant creators. SPACE counts among its alumni Academy Award winners, Tony Award nominees and winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim fellows, Obie Award winners and MacArthur "Genius" Award recipients. Past residents include theatre artists Clare Barron, David Cale, Linda Cho, Lucas Hnath, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Martyna Majok, Dave Malloy, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Mfoniso Udofia and Anne Washburn; social justice activists and advocates Jeff Chang, James Lecesne, Carmen Perez and Johnny Perez; musicians and composers Cesar Alvarez, Grace McLean and Shaina Taub; filmmakers Janicza Bravo, Nia Dacosta, Josh Mond, Chioke Nassor, and James C. Strouse; and visual artists Alta Buden and Tiffanie Turner, to name a few.
Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm are made possible with generous support from the Amazon Studios, Anne Anastasi Charitable Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Deupree Family Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, Deann Dylandale Foundation, The Getter Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Lilly Awards Foundation, Marjorie Weil & Marvin Edward Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Michael Palm Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Putnam Arts Council's Arts Link Grant Program, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, UNCSA Foundation, Westchester Community Foundation, Tamara White Charitable Foundation and hundreds of individual donors. SPACE is a Playwrights Horizons Company in Residence.
For more information, visit www.spaceonryderfarm.org.