What do We Do?
The Saltonstall Foundation supports artists and writers of New York State through two main programs that each take place in the residential buildings on the Foundation's property:
- The summer juried residency program (May - Sept.)
- Subsidized, do-it-yourself "off-season" retreats (Oct. - April)
The juried residency program is an all-expenses-paid, competitive, application-based part of our program with a deadline of January 2 for each year's May - September residencies.
Between October and April, we offer our five private apartments and studios on a first-come, first-served basis to residency alumni, local (Ithaca) artists and writers, and to any serious practitioner around the State. This program is not juried but does require a statement of purpose.
A Brief History of Key Programs:
The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts was incorporated as a Federally recognized tax-exempt not-for-profit organization in 1995.
Since then we have supported the visual and literary artists of New York State through juried summer residencies. For many years there were three month-long sessions. In 2009 a fourth session was added, extending the residency season from mid-May through the end of September.
Starting in 2014, we divided one of our month-long sessions into two, shorter 2-week sessions.
We also express our mission by making the colony's studios and apartments available in the off-season (Oct - April) at the subsidized rate of $25/night or $20/day.
We occasionally offer craft-focused workshops periodically in the spring and fall months in addition to informal salons featuring local and regional artists and writers. Most of these events take place at the colony or in our beautiful administrative office (also on the property.)
Between 1996 and 2008, the Foundation also provided $5,000 grants to individual artists and writers from central and western New York counties. Unfortunately this program was canceled due to the economic recession.
More About Our Founding:
In 1994, Connie Saltonstall met with her childhood friend and neighbor Kathy Durland Dewart and with her lawyer Mike May. Together they attempted to shape an idea into a document that would be a guide for the formation of an arts foundation. Connie especially hoped her home and property, a place she found so inspiring, would become a retreat where artists and writers could live and work.
Durland Dewart recalls, "Weeks after her diagnosis Connie knew she was dying. It was important to her that she left us with this idea that would become a reality and her memorial. Within a few months, Vicky Romanoff and Gillian Pederson-Krag joined me as the founding members of the Saltonstall Foundation. Connie's dream, her vision, has become a remarkable living legacy."
Today, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts remains committed to supporting art at its source: the individual artist.
TO DATE, WE HAVE:
- Provided residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony to over 200 artists and writers
- Given $530,000 in grants to individual artists and writers of New York State
- Assisted local non-profit organizations with over $55,000 in funding for projects to bring the arts to our community
The results of Connie's gift have been astounding and continue to multiply. The 200-acre property has seen the comings and goings of many artists with an extraordinary commitment to their work. The creative spirit that infuses this place has profoundly influenced many artists. As we continue into our second decade, we strive to serve future generations of writers, visual artists and photographers.