What's a Paddle Raise? It's an auction where every bidder wins and the prize is supporting a great cause!

SPACE’s philosophy is simple: artists and social activists need the time and space to do what they do best--create. Residencies at SPACE are self-determined to meet the needs of each individual resident or group. The only requirements at SPACE are that residents attend three communal meals each day, share what they’ve developed while in residence at the culmination of their residency and give back two hours to Ryder Farm. The relationships that are forged at SPACE offer radiating benefits to the artistic and activist communities. Collaborations are sparked, relationships are built, ideas are challenged, curiosities are piqued. The connections born at SPACE last for years to come.

SPACE’s programs are:

  • The Working Farm - SPACE’s resident writers’ group, which offers a cohort of eight playwrights, composers, lyricists or librettists a non-consecutive five-week residency, The Working Farm culminates with full-length readings at Playwrights Horizons the following spring.

  • Family Residency - Founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, the residency offers working parents and their children time and space to work during a one-week residency.

  • Creative Solutions Symposium - SPACE offers a weeklong residency for activists, advocates, organizers and thinkers. The symposium seeks to support those who are exploring innovative solutions and advancing positive social change.

  • Creative Residency - SPACE provides individuals and small groups with residences for up to two-weeks on Ryder Farm to create away from the stress and noise of everyday life and to be in the company of other artists and activists.

  • Greenhouse Residency - SPACE offers early-career playwrights who have not had access to the professional theatre community a weeklong residency to write and participate in professional development workshops with mentors.

  • Season Extension Residency - New in 2018, the Season Extension offers alumni the opportunity to return to Ryder Farm for a two-week or month-long residency in February.

  • Film Lab - New in 2017, the Film Lab brings together a diverse cohort of early and mid-career filmmakers, directors and screenwriters for a fully subsidized weeklong stay at Ryder Farm.

  • Internship Program  - Each season SPACE invites 12 emerging artists and arts administrators to the farm for 6 to 8 week internships. Interns make vital contributions to SPACE’s daily operations while learning skills and forging relationships that expand their knowledge base and creative community.

  • Institutional Residency - Provides 501c(3) organizations and incorporated ensembles with time and space for the writing or workshopping of commissions, strategic planning and retreat opportunities away from the hustle and bustle.

Please raise your paddle at the Gala to help fund our 9th season of creative work on Ryder Farm!