Residency Policies & FAQ’s


Please help us be a good neighbor.  Quiet hours are from 9 pm until 8 am daily. Please consider volume when playing music.  

Pets are not allowed on the residency property.  Service Animals specifically trained to aid an individual with a disability will be accommodated.

The use of fireworks, firearms, candles, incense, illegal drugs, excessive use of alcohol, and smoking are not allowed on the residency property.  

The Good Hart Artist Residency reserves the right to terminate a residency if there is an indication that a resident’s behavior during the residency jeopardizes the quality of the experience for the host family, partnering organizations, or the community. 

COVID UPDATED INFORMATION – COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: After thoughtful consideration the Board of Directors for the Good Hart Artist Residency voted to require that all residents be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before attending a residency in Good Hart.  A person does not have to be vaccinated to apply to the program; however, if selected for a residency, the resident would need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arrival in Good Hart.  Medical exemptions to the requirement for COVID-19 vaccination or consideration of an off-site residency can be considered on an individual basis.



Which airport should I use and do you provide a pickup/drop-off service?  Do I need to rent a car? The closest airport is the Pellston Regional Airport which is a 35-minute drive from the residence, and the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City is a 2 hour drive.  You can request pickup and drop-off service from both of these airports. You do not have to rent a car during your stay but this is at your discretion. Transportation to community events and occasional trips into town can be provided upon request.  A bike is available for use in the local area.

COVID UPDATED INFORMATION: Currently transportation to and from the airport is the responsibility of the resident. There are two local shuttle services operating out of the Pellston Airport – Up North Rides 231-350-1248 and Mackinaw Shuttle 231-539-7005. Shuttle transportation is not available from the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.

What should I bring?  You should bring the basics for traveling and be sure to dress for the weather.  Good shoes for hiking and walking the beach as well as slippers for the concrete floors are recommended.  Please bring art supplies and whatever professional materials you need for your creative work. We do have some basic art supplies, office supplies, tools and cleaning supplies that you can use.  If you are a visual artist and you will be participating in an Open Studio Saturday during your stay you should bring some examples of your work to show.

Is there WiFi and cell service onsite? There is high speed Wifi internet available at the residency. Cell service may be undependable and varies by carrier. You may be able to connect to the internet for WiFi calling.

Can I receive/send mail? All incoming resident mail should be sent to the host family address 1159 N. Lamkin Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 and we will bring it to the residence. There is no mailbox at the residence (910 N. Lamkin Rd). Outgoing mail can be dropped off at the Good Hart General Store which is also the local post office.

What food is provided? About a month before a resident’s arrival they will be sent an orientation email which includes a form for the resident to list groceries that they would like to have on hand. A resident can also notify us of any food allergies or dietary restrictions at that time.  We can accommodate most dietary preferences. We stock the kitchen with basic groceries that the resident can use to prepare meals. Many items are homemade and locally sourced. When in season, fresh produce is provided from the host’s garden. A dinner is provided by the host family or by community volunteers once a week. The residency is known for great food and a nurturing atmosphere.

COVID UPDATED INFORMATION: The residency will be stocked with groceries that the resident can use to prepare meals. A welcome dinner will by provided by the host family during the residency stay. The dinner can be dropped off at the residency or it can be shared in an outdoor setting.

Where is the closest town with shopping? Good Hart is home to three shops including The Good Hart General Store (and post office) Primitive Images (open seasonally) and A Studio (open seasonally). The Good Hart General Store is a short walk from the residence and provides some deli items and baked goods but the grocery supply is limited.  There is a small IGA grocery store in Harbor Springs about a 25-minute drive away and there are many larger grocery stores in Petoskey about a 40-minute drive.

Is there air conditioning/heat? The residence has in-floor heating and a split unit for supplemental heating and air conditioning.  We ask that you operate both in an environmentally friendly manner.

Can I do laundry at the residence? Yes, there is a stacked washer/dryer unit in the residence and laundry detergent is provided.

Will I have the residence and studio space to myself?  If you applied as an individual you will have the residence and studio space to yourself. The exception is that the public is invited to Open Studio Saturday events and we host occasional local meetings such as book clubs at the residence. You are a guest in our residency space and there are times the community will have access. You will be informed at the start of your residency stay of any scheduled community events. If an interested artists or writer contacts us to arrange a tour of the facilities while we have a resident, we would work with the resident to arrange a convenient time.

Can I share the space with another artist, writer or composer? If residents want to share the space or collaborate with another artist, writer, or composer both individuals would need to apply separately to the program and indicate their preference.  The stipend would be shared.

What is your guest/visitor policy? The intent of the Good Hart Artist Residency is primarily to provide a solitary residency experience so the resident can focus on their creative work.  Overnight guests/visitors are not allowed without prior approval.  

What is it like in the winter/summer in Good Hart? Michigan weather can be unpredictable so please check weather websites for the forecasted conditions.  In the winter there will be ice and snow and some days it will be difficult and maybe not possible to get into town. Dress for the weather and layers are recommended.  You may need to shovel walkways and the porch though we have a service to plow the driveway. Winter is a very quiet time in Good Hart and residents should be ready for solitude.  The summers can be wonderful – bring your swimsuit! There are some pests to be aware of such as midges, mosquitoes, and ticks. The months of July, August and October are the busiest months of the year for tourism.  

Parent Artists

Would a parent-artist residency option that allows for bringing dependents and a partner or caregiver be considered for other residency offerings besides the June dates? No.  The other option is to request, during the application process, additional stipend funds to help with childcare costs at your home base during a residency stay. One of the primary goals of the Good Hart Artist Residency is to provide a solitary work environment that allows the resident undisturbed time to focus on their creative work.  For more information please see our parent residency page.

Medical Information

Would a disabled person be allowed to bring a caregiver or support person? Yes, if that is what a resident would need to feel comfortable and productive in their living and working environment.  The facilities have been designed with accessibility in mind. Please contact Bill Klco to review our accessibility plan and to determine if the residency and studio space would meet your needs. 

Where is the closest medical center/pharmacy? We are located about a 45-minute drive from McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and there are other walk-in clinics in the Petoskey area.  The closest pharmacy is located 25 minutes away in Harbor Springs and there are major chain pharmacies in Petoskey 40-45 minutes away by car.  Good Hart Artist Residency hosts cannot provide medical care.

Expenses / Funding

Do you provide scholarships or financial aid? Most artists, writers, and composers are awarded a $500.00 USD stipend upon successful completion of their residency stay.  Thanks to a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation additional funds are available for applicants selected for the parent artist residency program.  Unfortunately, additional scholarships or other sources of financial aid are not provided by the Good Hart Artist Residency.


What is the selection process? We use Submittable for the on-line application and selection process. Applications are reviewed by a panel of qualified jurors. We offer one curated residency time slot for the Elevating Diverse Voices Residency program.