By: Mary Elizabeth Larew
Published: 05/01/2015
Uploaded: 05/12/2015
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Development, Philanthropy, Other, Arts Administration, Arts Administration: General, ARAD Theses: Fall 2013 to Spring 2015
Tags: Artist Colonies, Partnerships, process, Residencies, revenue

Description/Abstract: Artist colonies, also known as artist communities, retreats, or residencies, are an important part of the creative practice in the arts in America. In addition to the same basic administrative challenges of other arts organizations, artist residencies face added challenges because of their unique expenses and barriers to revenue-generation. Rather than selling art products, artist residencies depend on developing relationships with their artists, as well as with other arts organizations, in order to survive.

Artist colonies make structural choices about their residency offerings and about their administrative practice, and these choices affect the ease with which revenue can be leveraged to support the organization. Choices include the number of artists that are hosted at any given time, the selection criteria for these artists, and the timing of arrivals and departures relative to other artists; and what is or is not required of artists in exchange for their residency. Administrative decisions include the number of staff employed, how these staff divide the labor required to run the residency programs, and to what extent administrators interact with artists while they are in residence; each of these choices affect the culture of an organization and how easily the organization is able to leverage revenue.