“Ryder Farm created a scenario where my children did not have to feel threatened by my work. They could enjoy their time with new friends, and then enjoy our time together in the evenings, and my work could be part of the day, but not the deciding factor that took one of their parents “away” from them. Since my children were able to feel included in this trip, and had their own artistic work, they felt fulfilled and most importantly, safe.”

-Kirsten Greenidge, Family Residency ‘17


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

Now in its sixth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency, founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation (spearheaded by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Pia Scala-Zankel), provides a weeklong residency on the farm for working parents and their children.

The Family Residency offers an artist-parent with structured time to create, while their child(ren) participate in nature-focused arts programming under the guidance and expertise of professional theatre educators. All family residents (parents and children) enjoy three communal farm-fresh meals daily. The residency culminates in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished by both parents and children while in residence at SPACE. 

SPACE welcomes applications from artist-parents with children who will be 3 to 12 years old at the time of the residency.

If both adults in a two parent/guardian household want to apply for a residency--regardless of whether they are working on the same or distinct projects--both parents/guardians must submit separate applications. Please know that while SPACE has hosted two-parent/guardian households previously, it is possible that only one adult will be accepted. Please refrain from applying if this is a deterrent.

The Family Residency is offered during these two weeks:

  • July 20th-25th, 2020 (for children 6-12 years old)

  • August 10th-15th, 2020 (for children 3-5 years old)

If your availability and your child’s age does not correspond to the designated week, we ask that you check back for our 2021 application, which will be posted in Fall 2020. If you would like for more than one child to join you at SPACE but the children fall into two different age categories, please contact residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org to discuss your options.

Family Residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents may need to cover their travel to and from the farm. If you are traveling from New York City, a round-trip off-peak Metro North ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $30.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and farm is provided by the SPACE team. As of 2018, those selected for the Family Residency are able to apply to a travel fund to help offset their travel costs. The allocation of funds is based on a resident’s geographical location and financial circumstances.


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. 


The parent applying for The Family Residency must be at least 18 years old, and the child(ren) who will be in residence must be 3-12 years old at the time of the residency.

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

Family Residency alumni are not eligible to reapply for The Family Residency, but they are encouraged to apply to SPACE’s other programs.


On Tuesday, September 17th from 12:00-1:00pm we will live-stream an informational session on the SPACE on Ryder Farm Facebook page. And 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.

Family residency 2018


“My time at SPACE was one of the most productive and happy times in my life. The land is inspiring, the staff is extraordinarily kind and caring, and the ethos makes one want to move and stay all year long. SPACE is completely artist centered and the staff listens deeply to artists about what they need to thrive. The week I spent there was for parents and children, and was such a happy integration of my work and family life, It was more than a week of getting writing done—it was an experiment in how to live.” 

-  Sarah Ruhl, Family Residency '16


The Family Residency is supported in part by The Lilly Awards Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.