Residency Overview

The Good Hart Artist Residency offers 1–3 week residencies to visual artists, writers, and composers at any stage of their career. Each artist is housed in a private residence with a detached studio, and provided with a $500.00 stipend, home-cooked meals, and a quiet setting along the shores of Lake Michigan. Tucked into the woods along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route, residents can walk into the village of Good Hart, enjoy Lake Michigan and the nearby sand dunes, and explore Northern Michigan’s inland lakes and wetlands. The Good Hart Artist residency generally hosts one resident at a time, offering each artist the time, space and quiet to focus and create. 

Community is central to the mission of the Good Hart Artist Residency. Open Studio Saturdays offer visual artists an opportunity to share their work with local residents for one Saturday during their stay, and the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book connects resident writers to both local and literary communities. Each artist collaborates with a local nonprofit organization during their stay to lead an educational event, workshop, or exhibition. Please visit our local partnerships page for additional information about these collaborations. 

Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve are just a few of the many nearby parks that offer inspiring landscapes and diverse habitats. The widely varying weather conditions and unique scenery provide dramatic content for artists, writers and composers.  Applicants who will draw inspiration from the natural setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are especially encouraged to apply.