Our Partners & Programs

The Good Hart Artist Residency works with a variety of local partners each offering a different opportunity for community engagement.  In keeping with our mission, these partnerships are designed to enhance the artist’s experience while engaging the local community.  Applicants to the residency should review the partners below and include their preference to work with a particular partner in their application for residency.  Artists are encouraged to carefully weigh their own abilities, capacity, and level of interest in collaboration with these partners.  In considering applications for residency, an emphasis is placed on the applicant’s description of proposed collaboration with community partners.

2019 Programs and Partners

2019 Programs

NEW for 2019:  K-12 Michigan Art Educator Residency Program

Residency dates:  July 31-Aug 14, 2019

This will be the pilot year for the K-12 Michigan Art Educator Residency program offered by the Good Hart Artist Residency.  Applications will be open to K-12 art educators in Michigan.

We believe that childhood arts education is critical for the development of well-rounded individuals and that K-12 art teachers are often unaware of or overlooked for artist residency programs. The goal is to give an art teacher the time and space to focus on their own art practice and to refresh themselves so they can be better prepared to go back to the demands of teaching. Workshop opportunities may also be available for the teacher to attend at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan or through Three Pines Gallery in Cross Village, Michigan.  Participating in an art workshop would provide the teacher with the opportunity to learn new techniques and expand their own art practice.

This residency program provides full room and board and a $500.00 stipend.  The resident artist will be required to participate in one open studio Saturday event on August 10, 2019, from 10am-2pm, and to connect with the community by offering a half-day workshop or event with a partnering organization.
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NEW for 2019:  Local Artist Spotlight Residency Program

Residency dates August 31-September 7, 2019

There are so many talented artists living and working in Northern Michigan and we wanted to offer an opportunity to showcase their art.  We decided to create a 1-week residency time slot and invite a local artist for a residency stay.  The artist will be provided free room and board and they will participate in an Open Studio Saturday event where we will show their work.
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2019 Partnerships

crooked tree logoCrooked Tree Arts Center –  is located in the Historic Gaslight District of Petoskey, Michigan and in the Central Neighborhood District of Traverse City, Michigan.  The mission of the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) is to inspire and enrich lives through arts. CTAC has worked in partnership with the Good Hart Artist Residency to host ten artist residents over the past five years.  

Artists interested in collaborating with CTAC are encouraged to apply through the Good Hart Artist Residency Program.  CTAC will provide an opportunity for the resident artist to connect with the community through a 1-2 day workshop at their facility in Petoskey.  CTAC will pay the artist for the workshop based on a typical tuition split of 65% to the instructor and 35% to CTAC.

Residency dates for CTAC collaboration  – June 14-28, 2019
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Harbor Inc. – The Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.) is a citizen based, non-profit, Michigan Corporation founded in 2001.

HARBOR, Inc in support of the arts will provide an emerging artist a business work space and mentorship opportunities on the business of art during their 2-week stay at the Good Hart Artist Residency.   The selected artist’s work would be exhibited at The Loft Coworking Space on Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs, Michigan.

HARBOR, Inc. is a citizen based, non-profit Michigan Corporation formed as a result of grass-roots effort by concerned local citizens focusing on technology development, recreation and alternative transportation, and community engagement and development.  HARBOR, Inc. serves the greater Harbor Springs area including residents and property owners of the City of Harbor Springs and the Townships of Cross Village, Friendship, Little Traverse, Pleasantview, Readmond, and West Traverse.  For more information, please visit www.harborinc.org.

Residency dates for Harbor Inc. collaboration – May 29-June 12, 2019
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LTC logoLittle Traverse Conservancy –  The Little Traverse Conservancy – a non-profit regional land trust – would like to collaborate with a writer in partnership with the Good Hart Artist Residency program. This writer should have an interest in land conservation and environmental issues such as native and invasive species, nurturing a sense of place, sustainable forestry, climate change, and similar relevant topics. The Conservancy would like to provide an opportunity for the writer to connect with the community by conducting an educational event with a school group or the general public on one of the nature preserves in the area, or a similar, mutually agreed upon event.

The mission of the Little Traverse Conservancy is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas, and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment. Our service area includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties. We Protect Land. Land is a living resource. When it is overdeveloped or misused, we all suffer. This is particularly critical in the North where natural beauty is our principal attraction and most people’s livelihoods are derived in some way from the region’s abundant resources. But in the last century, the landscape has been changing at a much faster rate than it has been protected in its natural state. In the early 1970s, the Little Traverse Conservancy was founded as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization to take action.

  • More than 270 private properties have been given permanent protection with conservation easements
  • More than 200 nature preserves open to the public
  • Several partnerships with local units of government have protected additional lands now open to the public

Residency dates for LTC collaboration – October 5-19, 2019 (could be extended to a three-week stay)
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Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Mission:  The Women’s Resource Center is committed to equality, justice, and the well-being of women. To that end we will engage and encourage our community to work with us toward those goals.


  • Eliminating the culture of violence
  • Quality programs and services
  • Understanding and respecting our diversity
  • Advocacy for those in need
  • Leadership in our community
  • Integrity in all we do
  • Taking action for social change
  • Yielding positive results

 Vision:  The Women’s Resource Center will be recognized as leaders for social change and respected as a strong voice for women, children and families.  Our community will see us as an inclusive organization known for excellent services, effective programs and a dedicated staff.  We will be responsible stewards and operate a fiscally sound organization, encouraging others to see us as a worthy investment and a valuable community asset.

Collaboration Opportunity:  The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan would like to collaborate with an artist or writer in a socially engaged art event in the community.  Artist or writer provides a stand-alone workshop, or in combination with a ‘Farm to Table’ dinner, to inspire attendees in the artist’s or writer’s medium-of-choice and how to use this medium to create an image or written work that addresses our vision of providing a strong voice for women, children and families.  We would promote the workshop to our donors, volunteers and WRCNM friends.  The art created during the workshop may be combined to create an art installation that will be displayed within our 5-county service area during October’s Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and/or April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Residency dates for WRCNM collaboration – May 10-24, 2019
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Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Since the first Festival in 2016, the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book (HSFOTB) has been celebrating the culture of books in a beautiful part of the world.

Their mission is:

  • To gather authors, readers, and artists together in Harbor Springs.

  • To support education and literacy through book events in the schools.

  • To enhance the economic and cultural future of Harbor Springs and neighboring communities.

The writer selected to collaborate with the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book would be invited to participate in the 2019 Festival activities, held September 27-29.  Such activities could include a classroom visit, public reading and session panel discussion.

Residency dates for HSFOTB collaboration –  Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2019

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We are interested in partnering with other organizations in the Emmet County area.