Invest in Creativity

Works-in-progress by John Hampshire ('14)

Dear Friends,

Since 1995, the Saltonstall Foundation has been providing the two things most valuable to artists and writers – time and space.

Our founder Connie Saltonstall acted on her conviction that artists and writers need and deserve support. We continue to express this belief through our all-expenses-paid summer residency program, and through subsidized retreat space between October and April. We support the creation of art and literature at its source. We make a difference in the lives of those who strive to make a living as creative individuals. 

The great energy of 2013 continued in 2014 with three new programs and initiatives: our first-ever alumni poetry reading in New York City in April; a group exhibition in downtown Ithaca in June and July; and two, shorter 2-week residency sessions. 

We believe our efforts towards accessibility and inclusiveness (creating a space for all artists) really struck a chord. Nearly 36% of all applications in 2014 were for the two-week sessions. It was the first time two writers (one from Ithaca and one from Syracuse) with young children could attend a residency, an opportunity only made possible with Saltonstall.

We have supported 25 artists and writers with subsidized retreat space this year-to-date during our off-season for a total of 151 nights! More than half of those individuals are from the greater Ithaca area. We are continuing a special residency for Ithaca City School District teachers during their Winter Recess in February. 2015 will mark the third year of this collaborative effort, supported in part by the Ithaca Public Education Initiative.

We believe we do something very special here, something important and valuable for those trying to create a life in the arts. Won’t you join us? Every gift makes a difference, no matter the size.

Donate online to the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

With thanks,

Barry Perlus                             Lesley Williamson
Board President                        Director


In their own words:

"Saltonstall was a gift of focus and clarity; poems and bodies of work with which I was having trouble, I finally could make real progress. I could be a full-time poet, every day, reading, writing, rereading, rewriting. It was a deep, nourishing joy. Poetry is sustenance and Saltonstall allowed me to feast, to savor. Discoveries made at Saltonstall are ones I will carry with me for years to come." - Chen Chen ('14)

" From the moment I arrived at Saltonstall, I felt like I could just focus on my work in a way that I have rarely experienced. It was an extraordinary experience, and I left not only with a new body of work, but with a whole year's worth of ideas and research." - Lauren Ferebee ('14)

“I enjoyed a perfect storm at Saltonstall this past September. It’s the convergence of so many ideal circumstances: hours of solitude in a spacious studio; exceptional food; a gracious and remarkable group of fellow artists; and a real sense of caring that makes Saltonstall feel like home—without the distractions.  I’ve gotten good work done elsewhere, but Saltonstall is unique.”  – Jonathan Blunk ('12)

“I can't thank you enough for the amazing experience I had this month at Saltonstall. I feel like I've gotten a lot of work done, both in completing my Treece project and jumpstarting something new. The month there was incredibly invaluable.” – Dina Kantor ('13)

“I just thought of you because the short story I worked on during my residency last year was published this week, and I wanted to express gratitude for the Saltonstall stay, since the piece would not have come into existence otherwise.” – Celina Su ('12)

“I still don't know how I came to receive such a gift as this. Like other residencies, Saltonstall offers open time to set into your own creative pace... But unique to Saltonstall is an especial quiet and spaciousness. The small and devoted staff made it possible for us to work, eat, sleep, and relax as if there was absolutely nothing else the world could ask of us.” – Annie Jacobs  ('12)

"I had an incredibly lovely and productive stay at Saltonstall for three cold weeks in January 2013. Each day, luxuriously long, consisted of reading, writing, and occasionally taking a break to stomp through the snowy woods behind the house. Although I live in Manhattan, I’m from Syracuse, and I found it blissful to sink back into the quieter rhythms of life upstate – especially quiet at Saltonstall where the only distractions are the lit magazines left behind by other residents. I churned out more pages in three weeks than I have in a very long and I hope to return again soon." Rachel Friedman, writer (NYC)