When is the application deadline?

The Institutional Residency application deadline is January 10th, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

Why is there an application fee?

Because of the growing number of applications SPACE receives each year that require many hours of staff time, there is an $18 fee to submit an application. Fees are used to process applications swiftly and efficiently.

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 ...... < $60/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 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?

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

Can I request when my residency at SPACE will be?

SPACE is able to support institutions 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 room?

We try our best 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 might be sharing rooms.

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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