Parent-Artist/Writer Residency Details

The Good Hart Artist Residency program offers a residency time slot that provides additional resources to parent-artists/writers in a supportive and nurturing environment. We strive to make attending a residency possible for those under served by traditional residencies.  In the case of parent-artists/writers we acknowledge that finding the time to attend a residency, while actively parenting, can be a challenge. We value creative people raising creative children and we want to support them by providing this opportunity.  

During the month of June, we will offer a flexible date 2-week residency in our new residency facility with an adjacent studio space.  Both visual artists and writers are eligible to apply. This residency opportunity allows for a parent to bring up to two dependents under the age of 18 and a partner, or relative or caregiver.  Please see the information on our website regarding the facilities to determine if the cozy space offered will meet your needs.  In general, there is one downstairs bedroom with a door, an open upstairs loft with a queen sleeper sofa, and a double size futon in the downstairs main living area. The loft space is accessed by a stairway with wooden stairs and may not be suitable for use by young children.  A gate can be provided to block off access. The residence is climate controlled and laundry facilities are available on-site.

The residency includes free room and board and up to an additional $1500.00 stipend thanks to a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. An applicant to the program must provide a detailed statement regarding how the additional stipend will be used. In the detail statement, please focus on what you will need to provide care and activities for dependents, so you will be able to focus on your creative work. The additional stipend will primarily be available for the June 12-30, 2020 time slot. If the additional stipend is not completely utilized by one resident the remaining funds would be available to provide for another parent artist/writer opportunity. The residence is stocked with good food for meals the resident or caregiver can prepare, snack foods, garden vegetables and fruits in season, and dinners are offered 2 times a week by the host family.  Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.  

During a resident’s stay visual artists will be asked to participate in an Open Studio Saturday event to be held on one Saturday during their stay from 10am-2pm.  A writer selected for the program will be asked to participate in a mutually agreed upon community event with one of our partnering nonprofit partners. Both of these types of events would provide an opportunity for the local community to meet and greet the resident creative and become familiar with their work.   

This area along Lake Michigan is a favorite destination for family vacation fun with many opportunities to explore nature through activities such as hiking, swimming and other water sports.  The Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island are located about 38 miles to the north. There are many recreational opportunities for children including local camps:

Please let us know what needs you have to make this a successful experience for you and those you bring with you.  We will do the best we can to accommodate your needs or we will be open with you when we cannot.