Artist & Writer Residency

Mission: Our mission is to connect artists and writers from around the world with the local community to inform, educate and empower people through art in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan.


Good Hart Artist Residency and the Impacts of COVID-19

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during this uncertain time with the threat of COVID-19.  After the joy in early March of announcing the selection of such talented artists and writers for 2020/21 residencies, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of on-site residencies through the end of August 2020.   The board of directors for the Good Hart Artist Residency has determined that these changes are necessary to prioritize the health and safety of the selected residents, our volunteers, and the local community. But don’t worry – we will find creative ways to work with and support the artists and to share their talents virtually with you!  

We will certainly miss the opportunity to host the spring/summer artists in person here in Good Hart.  I have been in contact with each of the spring/summer selected residents.  We are offering “stay-in-place” residencies at the artist’s home studio during their scheduled residency time slot or possibly rebooking the residency in 2021.   We are committed to supporting artists in their creative work, and for those choosing the stay-in-place residency option this year, we will pay their stipends.

We will wait until later in the summer to determine if we can host the scheduled writers/artists in the fall and winter.  We remain hopeful that circumstances with the virus will change and we will be able to host the remainder of the scheduled residents.  We have modified the dates for fall and winter residences to allow adequate time between residency stays to thoroughly prepare/sanitize the residence.

We know how much the community we serve enjoys gathering with friends and neighbors to meet the artists and see their work, and we hope that we can get back to seeing you all soon.  With your help and understanding, we will continue to be an organization that supports artists and writers and a resource for our community to engage with the arts. 

Enjoying creative arts is certainly helpful as we adjust to this surreal time.  I want to extend my personal thanks to individuals and organizations that have shared their art whether it is a song, poem, painting or access to collections and performances.  These kind offerings bring us joy which is much needed.  My admiration goes out to all those helping others in this crisis.  

Let’s all stay safe and well!

Sue Klco

Executive Director

I have been able to enjoy the rare and rich gift of time to be, to rest, to take long walks, to make and to learn. This residency allows for much more than just space to work, it allows an opportunity to be slow, to look closely, enjoy the beautiful natural world, and return to the dailiness of life with a new energy and perspective

Amanda Hamilton – August 2017

an opportunity to be slow and look closely

For two weeks I have been alternating between moments of vast and unnerving productivity and moments of banging my head against these tree house walls. To any writers who read this in the future, remember that there is value in both – that the knocking sometimes dislodges in the imagination that which could never be found in stillness.

Bryna Cofrin-Shaw – September 2018

To the writers in residence