During 2017, we will offer residency to a total of 20 creative people — 19 writers and a pilot residency with a visual artist. We’ll host three two-week residency periods for a total of 12 writers/artists and two special one-week residency periods for a total of 8 parent writers during September, through a special program we’re debuting with support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Our application period will open up in December 2016 and run into February 2017, via Submittable.
We provide accepted applicants with space and time to create new work without the interruptions of normal life and with the bonus of healthy meals prepared by culinary volunteers, with menus designed to accommodate residents’ food challenges and including as much local and organic food as we can reasonably source. Past volunteer chefs have included organic farmers, graduate nutrition students from Bastyr and Colorado-based dietetics programs, as well as food-savvy board members. We have worked with Furrow Horse Farm and Best Family Farms for most of our produce.
During each residency, we host visiting authors at presentations open to the public. Additionally, during each residency period we hold a resident reading/art sharing evening — this is not mandatory, but is a fun way to share new work with the local community and gather feedback from fresh eyes and ears.
Each resident lives in an 800-square foot former classroom that offers peekaboo views of Mineral Lake and Mt. Rainier, and that will double as a writing studio, with desk and chair, lighting, bookcase, etc. Visual artist residents may improvise a studio anywhere on the grounds, work plein air in the area, or use the gym or covered patio as studio space. The main school building has bathrooms with showers, as does the neighboring gym. Residents will be served all meals. The town of Mineral features a swimmable fishing lake, a tavern, a historic bed & breakfast, a general store, two churches, and a post office. It’s a 20-minute drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.