“What’s happening at SPACE is different. I came home feeling free or more settled inside myself than I ever have! The structure of the days that allows you to go away and work coupled with the mandatory meals where you can connect with everyone. And the opportunity to be of service! It’s the perfect trifecta!”

-Celisse Henderson, Creative Resident '19


Apply for a 2020 Creative Residency!
The deadline to apply to the 2020 Creative Residency is November 6th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

Creative Residencies provide individual artists, activists, organizers and small groups (up to 4 people) the opportunity to create and ideate away from the stress and noise of everyday life in the company of others. Residencies are centered around three farm fresh, communal meals daily, and residents have flexibility to structure their days to best suit their needs and the needs of their work.

The only requirements of Creative Residents are that they join in the three communal meals daily, “give back” 3-4 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm and participate in a short, informal sharing of their work while in residence at SPACE with their fellow residents and SPACE team.

Time at SPACE is granted to individuals and small groups who lay out specific objectives for their residency and whose work aligns with SPACE’s mission and values and has a distinct aesthetic or mission.

In 2020, Creative Residencies will be offered in three different lengths of time:  

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*During the two-week, non-consecutive residency, a cohort of residents spends a week together on the farm in June and the same residents return to the farm in September.

Applicants will be asked to prioritize one of these kinds of residencies on the application based on what best suits their process, project and schedule, but SPACE reserves the right to grant applicants a residency of any length.

All Creative Residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents cover their travel to and from the farm. For reference, a round-trip off-peak Metro North ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $30.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and Ryder Farm is provided by the SPACE team.


Applications for the 2020 season are due November 6th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. Before applying, please review the guidelines below as well as the FAQ page. If you have questions about applying to SPACE, please contact us at residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org.

Semi-finalists will be notified by late December 2019. Finalists will be interviewed in February and March 2020. Final decisions will be made by early April 2020.


All Creative Residency applicants must be at least 18 years old.

SPACE’s Creative Residency program accepts applications from artists of nearly all stripes, social justice activists, thinkers and community organizers. At this time, SPACE’s facilities are unable to support dancers. 

The individual listed as the Primary Contact on the Creative Residency application cannot be listed as the Primary Contact on any other Creative Residency application, though they may be listed as a Collaborator. The Primary Contact cannot apply for any other SPACE program for the 2020 season (i.e. The Working Farm, Family Residency, Greenhouse Residency, etc.).

Incorporated ensembles and 501c(3) organizations are not eligible for a Creative Residency and are encouraged to apply for an Institutional Residency.


Watch our informational session from September 17th on the SPACE on Ryder Farm Facebook page. On Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-8:30pm we will host an in-person informational session at 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY. Registration is required for the in-person session -- please click HERE to RSVP.

To make sure SPACE will be able to support your project, please take a moment to read about the workspaces available at SPACE

Have further questions? Check out this FAQ.

Still have questions? Write to us at residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org.


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“You'd think that a writer would adequately be able to describe something they love, but when it comes to SPACE I lose language. I can't tell you how special my experience there has been: I've never worked so productively in my life. Processes that would have taken me months, took me hours, and my conversations with fellow residents helped shape my work and spirit in ways I am so thankful for. It's a place that I'm going to carry with me forever, I think.”

- Arabelle Sicardi, Creative Resident ‘18