Applications Open for 2017 Season at SPACE on Ryder Farm

SPACE on Ryder Farm - a nonprofit residency program for artists and activists housed on a 221 year-old working organic farm in Brewster, New York - announces open applications for all programs for its seventh season, which will run June through October, 2017. Individuals and groups in all creative disciplines are encouraged apply for SPACE's signature programs:

The deadline for applications is 11:59PM on February 7, 2017. Applications are now available at

Residencies at SPACE range from one to five weeks. Residents are provided housing, meals, artistic support and access to 130 acres of organic farmland. Led by founding Executive Director Emily Simoness, SPACE on Ryder Farm provides residents the opportunity to create away from the stress and noise of everyday life and work in the company of others in a bucolic and inspirational setting. Ryder Farm has been in the Ryder family since 1795 and was at the cutting-edge of America's green movement by becoming one of the first farms in the country to go organic. SPACE's programming is centered around residents gathering together for three farm fresh meals daily.

In 2017, SPACE is emboldening and recommitting to its 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.

In support of these values, SPACE will:

  • Make all individual and small group residences free in 2017.

  • Endeavor to grant 50% of our residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices.

  • Double the number of spaces for our fully-subsidized Family Residency, in association with The Lilly Awards.

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 family-run organic farms on the East Coast. In six seasons, SPACE has hosted over 1,000 residents, including Oscar, Tony and Obie Award winners, Pulitzer finalists, Guggenheim Fellows and MacArthur Geniuses. Past residents include playwrights Young Jean Lee, Adam Rapp, Anne Washburn and Lucas Hnath, theater companies Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fiasco Theater Company, Pig Iron, The Mad Ones and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, musicians Shaina Taub and Cesar Alvarez, Dance Company Monica Bill Barnes & Company, visual artist Alta Buden and photography roundtable RLK photo.

SPACE has received generous support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund, Putnam County Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, as well as hundreds of individual donors.

For more information, visit

Related Articles View More Central New York Stories   Shows

More Hot Stories For You

Before you go...

Like Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Follow Us On Instagram instagram