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January 16th, 2013

Special Residency Offered for Local Teachers

In partnership with the Ithaca City School District's Fine Arts Booster Group (an affiliate of IPEI, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative), the Saltonstall Foundation and Arts Colony is pleased to offer a special residency for local public school teachers in the arts.

Timed to coincide with the Ithaca school system's winter break (Feb. 15 - 19), this 5-day, 4-night pilot project is designed to provide a residency-type retreat experience for ICSD teachers in the following disciplines:

  • Creative writing (any genre)
  • Photography / film / video
  • Painting / Sculpture / Visual Art

"I've wanted to create a residency like this since attending my first conference of the Alliance of Artists Communities in October, 2011," says Saltonstall's director Lesley Williamson. "I attended a talk by Bruce Rodgers of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida. He created a special residency for Florida's public school art teachers. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and I was looking for more ways in which to connect to the local Ithaca arts community."

Designed to mirror Saltonstall's summer residency program, five teachers will be given a private apartment (with studio space for the visual artists) and uninterrupted time to focus on their craft. Judy Barringer, Saltonstall's former director and chef will prepare dinner each night.

"We want to provide local teachers an opportunity to focus on being artists and writers," says Williamson. "This residency has nothing to do with curriculum development or students or lesson plans. It's all about allowing teachers to spend 100% of their time being creative individuals." 

The program is totally free to attend. Five teachers will be selected through a lottery system. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. 

More detailed information, including a link to a basic application (due Jan. 25) can be found on this page