Bethany Arts Community offers short term residencies attracting artists at different stages of their careers from around the world for the development of both new works and works in progress. BAC welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. During their time on site, these artists will develop new works while engaging with local artists and the public. The spirit of the program is to provide a collective environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions with their peers, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the harmonious cross-fertilization of disciplines. Successful applicants are typically mid-career or established artists. However, emerging artists who believe their work is of exceptional merit are eligible as well. We accept applications from individual artists and small groups of up to 4 members. If you have more than 4 group members please email BAC staff at [email protected]. We will need to know all team members name and contact information when you apply.
BAC residencies have three important parts:
Evening Meals: All residents must attend evening meals (provided by BAC) with their fellow artists.
Residency Plan: All residents must have a plan of action for what they will complete during their time at BAC.
Public Component: All residencies must include a public component accessible to the outside community that connects to their residency plan. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching a class/workshop, works-in-progress showing, exhibition, or other outreach or community engagement project. BAC will help you schedule your public component but it is up to you to plan how you will execute this event and identify any outside community partners that you are interested in working with.
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
Notifications: April 24, 2020
Residency Dates: September 18 – October 15, 2020 and October 20 – October 31, 2020
Residency Length: Artists may apply for residencies of 7 days, 14 days, 21 days or 28 days in length. Artists that are accepted would be notified of their residency dates and length of time accepted for on April 24, 2020.
The public component of your application must relate to your artist residency and engage the local community. BAC encourages artists to engage in studio visits, group commentary, and presentations of other resident artists during their stay. BAC will help you schedule your public component but it is up to you to plan how you will execute this event and identify any outside community partners that you are interested in working with in your application. Please make sure that the public component you identify is able to be completed in your selected time frame.
Artist Live/Work Spaces
The artist living spaces are inviting and comfortable with expansive views of our scenic property. Residents have access to our facilities and 25 acre grounds offering a fruit orchard and meditation trail. At the heart of the campus is our commercial kitchen and dining area where artists in residence and visitors of BAC can gather for daily meals.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided during your stay. All residents must attend evening meals with their fellow artists. These dinner gatherings encourage the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative relationships with other residents. This allows the artists to gain familiarity with each other’s’ work and establish a vigorous, engaging dialogue that supports collaboration and connection. We will do our very best to accommodate all food allergies and sensitivities, please let us know of any concerns you may have or specific needs in your application.
Resident artists will receive a $150 subsidy per week.
Bethany’s grounds consist of a 44,000 sq ft building situated on 25 verdant acres with sprawling lawns, orchard, and wooded trails. The wooded trail includes numerous outdoor spaces suitable for developing works, presentation, or installations. The building includes dance studios, galleries, a former-chapel performance venue, and numerous nooks and crannies waiting to be activated by you!
How to Apply
You will need to have a free Submittable account in order to apply.
Here is a quick guide on how to get started if you don’t have a Submittable account already: https://submittable.help/submitters/making-new-submissions/how-do-i-submit
After you have an account you can save a draft of your work and finish filling out the form at a later date.
We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure the email address you used to sign up for your Submittable Account is one that you check regularly.
Please reach out to Submittable’s Customer Support team with any technical questions or issues submitting at [email protected]
Please reach out to BAC with any specific questions about the residency program at [email protected]
You must be at least 21 years old to apply. You may only apply and be part of one subsidized residency program at BAC per year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of staff and working artists. All of BAC’s programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Bethany Arts Community residency program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.