“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



Now in its fourth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm, funded in part by The Lilly Awards Foundation (spearheaded by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Pia Scala-Zankel), supports working parents and their children by providing the opportunity for a fully-subsidized week long residency.


Applications are currently closed for the 2018 Family Residency. Please note there has been a change to our application cycle: applications for the 2019 Family Residency will open in mid-August 2018 and close in early October 2018. Please check back then!

About the family residency

Now in its fourth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency, 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 provides 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. Significant others are invited to spend the final night and day of the residency on the farm.

As of 2018, SPACE welcomes artist-parents with children who are 3 to 12 years of age to apply. If the child is between the ages of 7 and 12, the child must also fill out the application.

If you are a two-parent household and both parents want to participate in the residency, both parents must demonstrate in separate applications that they have a need for time and space to work on their craft.

The Family Residency is offered during these two weeks:

    -July 23rd-July 29th (for children 6-12 years old)

    -August 13th-August 18th (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 2019 application, which will be posted toward the end of 2018.

All Family Residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents are required to 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 $29.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and farm is provided by the SPACE team.

In 2018, SPACE is instituting a travel fund for The Family Residency. Upon acceptance into The Family Residency, and based on your geographical location and financial situation, you may be eligible to apply.

Family residency 2018

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