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 over their time at the farm at the culmination of their residency week 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. These connections will last for years to come.

SPACE is deeply committed to the belief that inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality are not only important to creating art, but are vital in creating dialogue that leads to lasting change. In support of these values, as of 2017, all individual and small group residences are free to participants, and SPACE endeavors to grant at least 50% of residencies to persons of color and underrepresented voices.


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The Working Farm is SPACE’s resident writers’ group, which offers playwrights and composers/lyricists a non-consecutive five-week residency on historic Ryder Farm. 



Creative Residencies provide individuals and groups with one or two-week residencies on Ryder Farm to create away from the stress and noise of everyday life and to be in the company of peers. 

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The Greenhouse Residency offers early-career playwrights a week-long residency on Ryder Farm for writing, research and professional development, including one-on-one sessions with playwright mentors.


The Family Residency, in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation, offers working parents and their children (ages 3-12) time and space to work during a one-week residency on Ryder Farm.

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The Creative Solutions Symposium is a weeklong residency for activists and organizers who are creatively addressing social justice, environmental and human rights issues.



The Film Lab brings together a diverse cohort of early and mid-career filmmakers for a fully subsidized week-long stay at Ryder Farm.

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Institutional Residencies provide organizations (teams of 2-11) with time and space for strategic planning or the opportunity to workshop projects or to support a commission for the theatre.

"The breathtaking, spiritually stirring beauty of the place, the nature that's within its acres, the lake, woods, plants, animals, birds and insects that live here have brought out and inspired a passion for trying to create something visual that I never knew I had." 
- David Cale, member of The Working Farm '15