When is the application deadline?

Applications are currently closed for the 2018 residency season. Please check back in late 2018 for applications for the 2019 residency season.

Can I apply for multiple programs?

Yes, though applicants cannot apply for both a Creative Residency and The Working Farm in the same year.

If I am a SPACE alum, can I reapply?

If you are an alum of The Working Farm or the Creative Solutions Symposium, you cannot reapply for these specialized programs; however, we highly recommend that you apply for a Creative Residency or any of our other programs that suit your needs.

We are a two-parent household. Can both parents apply for The Family Residency?

If you are a two-parent household, we encourage one parent to apply. In the instance that both parents wish to apply, please know that while we have hosted couples previously, it is possible that only one of you will be accepted. Please refrain from applying if this is a deterrent.

Can I apply for a Family Residency if I’m looking to bring at least one child who falls into the 3-5 year old age range and at least one child who falls into the 6-12 year old age range?

Yes. If you have children who span both sets of age ranges (3-5 and 7-12), we encourage you to select both Family Residency weeks when filling out an application (or the one week that works with your schedule). During the final phase of the curation process, the SPACE team will make a decision about what week is most appropriate, in part, based on conversations with adult applicants and also the age ranges of other participating children.

What kinds of artistic disciplines and projects are you able to support during Creative Residencies?

SPACE has a variety of working spaces that can accommodate a wide range of artistic disciplines including theatre arts, music, writing, dance and visual arts. That being said, we aren’t without limitations. For instance, we aren’t able to accommodate projects that require a sprung floor. If you would like to make sure your project is something SPACE would be able to support, please email us prior to applying at

Why is there an application fee?

The volume of applications SPACE receives each year require many hours of staff and reading committee time. Fees are necessary to process applications swiftly, fairly and efficiently.

How much do individual and small group residencies cost?

As of SPACE’s 2017 season, all individual and small group residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents are required to cover their travel to and from the farm. For reference, a round-trip off-peak ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $29.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and farm is provided by the SPACE team.

How much do Institutional Residencies cost?

All Institutional residencies are partially-subsidized. SPACE bases nightly fees on an institution’s operating budget. Additionally, residents cover their travel to and from the farm. A round-trip off peak ticket from Grand Central Station to Brewster Station is $29.00. Institutional Residency fees for 2018 are listed below:

  • $350,000 or less ...... $45/night per resident
  • $350,000-$500,000 ...... $60/night per resident
  • $500,000-$1,000,000 ...... $95/night per resident
  • $1,000,000-$4,000,000 ...... $130/night per resident
  • $4,000,000-$9,000,000 ...... $165/night per resident
  • $9,000,000-$15,000,000 ...... $200/night per resident
  • $15,000,000 or more ...... $220/night per resident


How large can my group be?

SPACE’s Creative Residency program can host up to five individuals per group. The Creative Solutions Symposium can host up to four individuals per group.

For Institutional Residencies, SPACE can accommodate varying sizes of groups, depending on the time of year. Exact housing capacities are listed below:

  • May (max capacity 6 residents)
  • June-October (max capacity 11 residents)
  • November-December (max capacity 6 residents)

How long can I stay?

The Working Farm residency is five non-consecutive weeks during the course of SPACE’s June-October season.

Creative Residencies are offered in three different lengths of time:

  • One-week residencies are offered throughout the course of SPACE’s June-October season
  • A two-week residency is offered July 30th-August 10th
  • A non-consecutive, two-week residency is offered June 4th-June 10th and September 24th-September 30th

Family Residencies are one week and are offered during the following times:

  • July 23rd-July 29th
  • August 13th-August 18th

The Creative Solutions Symposium is one week (August 20th-August 25th).

The Greenhouse Residency is one week (October 1st-6th).

Institutional Residencies are available from 1 day to 6 days/5 nights.

Can I request when my residency at SPACE will be?

Many factors affect the scheduling of residencies. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee specific dates for each individual/group. That said, if there are dates that you are unavailable, please note them on your application.

SPACE is able to support Institutional Residencies from May 1st-December 15th; however, June-October are SPACE’s high season. While we have some availability during the high season, we have greatest availability and flexibility for institutions in May, November and December.

If there are any dates that will not work for your institution, please indicate those on your application in the appropriate field.

Is SPACE accessible for individuals with disabilities?

SPACE on Ryder Farm is located on a 222-year-old working farm. The property comprises 127 acres of active farmland, woodlands, lakefront, and pastures. Residents are housed in two facilities: The Sycamores, a historic 18th century homestead, and Kay Hall, a second house built in 1978.

Entrances to both of these buildings are free of stairs or accessible by ramp, and offer first floor bedrooms and bathrooms with access to kitchen spaces.

SPACE maintains a golf cart to assist individuals with mobility issues, and many artist workspaces around the property are accessible, including a renovated barn with ramp entrance that features a stage for rehearsals and performances.

SPACE endeavors to support all residents as fully as possible during their stay. Individuals with access needs are encouraged to contact SPACE's Director of Operations, Allyson Davis, at with questions regarding your particular needs and concerns.

What are the housing accommodations like?

There are two structures that house residents on Ryder Farm. The Ryder Family homestead, The Sycamores, is a beautiful house with an incredible history, dating back to the 18th century. It follows, however, that the accommodations are rustic. The second housing structure, Kay Hall, was built in 1982. Both houses are equipped with several bathrooms with showers and working plumbing, hot water and beds with clean linens; but if a rustic environment makes you uncomfortable, SPACE may not be the right place for you.

Will I be sharing a bedroom and bathroom?

We endeavor to give each resident a private bedroom during their time at SPACE, but please keep in mind when applying with a larger group that some residents may need to share rooms. You most likely will be sharing a bathroom with other residents.

What are the work spaces like?

SPACE has ample work spaces both indoors and out. There are writing desks in each bedroom and large workspaces scattered throughout the historic structures on the farm. There is a large stage housed in our barn, an outdoor stage and a two-car garage and large chicken coop that have been converted into usable spaces. There are also acres and acres of farmland available for your use.

How far away from NYC is SPACE, and how do I get there?

Ryder Farm is approximately a ninety-minute journey from midtown Manhattan. To get to the farm via Metro North, depart from Grand Central Terminal on the Harlem Line toward Southeast and exit the train at Brewster. Click HERE to see train schedules. A SPACE team member will pick you up at the station in Brewster and drive you to the farm (a 7-minute trip). If you have a car, you are welcome to drive yourself to the farm.

Is there a work component? How does SPACE interact with Ryder Farm?

Since SPACE’s founding, SPACE team members, residents and volunteers have played a major role in restoring, enlivening and preserving Ryder Farm’s structures and landscape. Many of these structures are now used as workspaces by SPACE’s resident artists. To keep this tradition going, we ask that all residents give back two hours of their time for each week they are on the farm. This give back can include participating in farming, landscaping, maintenance, building or community initiatives. Residents, for instance, can help with planting or harvesting, assembling flower bouquets for the farmer’s market, cleaning dishes after one of the meals, helping to prep a meal, etc. Upon a resident’s arrival, a SPACE Team member will circulate a sign-up sheet listing that week’s projects and also support residents during these give back opportunities.

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