On this page you will find a list of artist residencies. Based on THEIR reported physical accessibility accommodations and/or description of facilities, a rating will be given to them. Ratings will be: Very Accessible, Moderate, Minimal, None. If I have personal experience or receive accessibility statements from attendees, that information will be included.
Very Accessible : no physical accessibility barriers. Paved/compact crushed stone paths to get to all main areas, studios are accessible by manual wheelchair, little to no assistance required to fully participate in residency/workshop.
Moderately Accessible: Some physical accessibility barriers. Some paved/compact crushed stone paths to get to common areas, however not to all studios/work areas; some studios accessible by manual wheelchair, all are accessible by using crutches/canes/braces/walker/other mobility aids; some assistance required to fully participate in residency/workshop.
Minimally Accessible: Lots of physical accessibility barriers. Few if any of the paths to common areas are flat or maneuverable by manual wheelchair; none of the studios/work areas are accessible by manual wheelchair, at least 50% of them are accessible by using crutches/canes/braces/walker/other mobility aids; daily assistance required to partially participate in residency/workshop.
Not Accessible: Lots of physical accessibility barriers. None of the common areas are accessible by manual wheelchair, none of the workshops/studio spaces are accessible by wheelchair, less than 25% of studios are accessible using crutches/canes/braces/walker/other mobility aids.
Additional accessibility information will be included in the listing for each residency including ASL availability, medical care access (time/distance), dietary accommodations, etc.
“Mudstone Studios was established in September of 2007 as a communal workspace for artists and novices working in the ceramics medium. Founded by Ceramic sculptor Ellen Blomgren, Mudstone Studios’ mission is to provide an affordable and nurturing environment for all levels. Every artist, whether potter, sculptor, tile artist or slip caster, learns and grows from the influences and inspiration of the membership. Each member brings as much to the table as they take away.” – http://www.mudstonestudios.com/
Application Deadlines: None. Ongoing classes and workshops available
“PLAYA offers residencies of soul-expanding space, solitude, and community to artists and scientists whose creative inquiry and innovative dialogue help bring positive change to our environment and world.” – https://playasummerlake.org/
Fields: PLAYA’s residencies are open to scientists, naturalists, biologists, designers, sustainability leaders, social practice artists, musicians, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and collaborations and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative work
Application Deadlines : February 15 – for residencies occurring in July – December of that year. September 1 – for residencies occurring in January – June of the following year
“Haystack is an international, non-profit, studio program in the arts, offering six
one- and two-week studio workshop sessions to craft-makers and visual artists
of all skill levels, led by prominent faculty artists. Haystack also offers
a residency program, conferences, a visiting artist series, spring and fall workshops specifically for Maine residents, and workshop series and mentorship programs for Maine high school students.” – https://www.haystack-mtn.org/
Fields: Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Graphics, Metals, Wood, Writing
Application Deadlines: March 1 – Open Studio Residency & Scholarship Sessions 1-6. April 1 – General Application Sessions 1-6
Personal experience – Haystack is situated right on the ocean, with the campus built on the side of a cliff. The parking lot is gravel. The campus has 1 ramp that leads up to the main deck. There is 1 accessible cabin with a shower that is on the main deck level. The cabin is connected to the main common area by a deck. All of the studios and remaining cabins are connected by a series of decks and shallow stairs. The Fab Lab and perhaps the glass making studio can be accessed by wheelchair. If you are able to do shallow stairs, you can access the remaining studios and cabins with other mobility aids. For those who can use walking sticks/canes/crutches, the campus has a series of walking trails that can be used.