Friday, April 30, 2010

ISLAND Announces 2010-2011 Hill House Residency

After five years of planning, ISLAND is proud to announce the Hill House Artist Residency. The Hill House Residency works to support two fields: emerging songwriters and writers at all stages of their career. Residents receive the gift of a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear. The musician residency also offers performance opportunities and a small stipend to aid in your professional development.

There are two application periods for the 2010/11 residency season. Round 1 applications are due June 1; residencies for this season run June 5, 2010 to October 30, 2010. Round 2 applications are due September 15; residencies for this season run November 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011.

For more information about ISLAND Hill House residencies, including applications, visit or contact Amanda Kik at or 231-480-4515.

What is a Residency?
Artists’ residencies (also called artists’ communities, colonies, retreats, workspaces, and studio collectives) provide dedicated time and space for creative work. Beyond this core value, these creative communities are a diverse group, and provide artists of all disciplines with many different styles and models of support.

Residencies can be found in urban or rural areas, serving one artist at a time or fifty. Some support one artistic genre while many are interdisciplinary, welcoming visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars and other creative individuals. There are programs that are active centers for public programs and others that offer solitude and retreat. Many provide room and board as a home-away-from-home; others offer not a place to live, but a community for local artists in which to work and be supported in the creation of new art.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be juried by a rotating panel selected by ISLAND. Residency awards are merit driven, based primarily on the quality of existing work, using the following criteria, in order of priority:
  • the creativity and integrity of the work
  • the strength of the artist’s statement and the perceived fit with the Hill House residency
  • the availability of the artist in the dates still open for residents
For an excellent overview of artist residency programs, including hints on the application process, visit the Alliance of Artists Communities website.

Interested in applying for the ISLAND Hill House Residency? We are happy to help you with this process! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Amanda Kik at (231) 480-4515 or amanda@artmeetsearth‌.org

The 2010/2011 Emerging Musician Residency Program is supported by a generous grant from the Begonia Charitable Foundation

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