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Networks + Cohort Groups

Join or start your own residency network!





With so many diverse models of residency programs, we recognize the need for more specialized support to the field. In 2011 we created our first Cohort Groups - smaller networks of residency programs for information-sharing and networking within specific models, themes, and regions.

Each Cohort Group is chaired by one of more member organizations and has a listserv to connect with interested organizations and individuals. Each group decides for itself what activities it might like to undertake, including (but not limited to):

  • share ideas, challenges, questions, and more with peers
  • organize retreats, pre-conference days, and/or conference tracks to explore shared concerns
  • develop sessions for the Alliance Conference and/or Emerging Program Institute
  • develop research and reports on the field
  • contribute articles, blogs, and other news items
  • make recommendations to the Alliance about policy and programs that can better serve the diversity of the field


Cohort Groups are open networks and we welcome individuals involved in established or emerging residency activities to participate. Explore more about current Cohort Groups below.

Alliance members may also propose new Cohort Groups, to be chaired to at least one member organization. New Cohort Group proposals should engage critical themes relevant to the residency field or focus on a region where there is significant residency activity.

If you would like to join or start a Cohort Group, please contact Flannery Patton at fpatton [at] artistcommunities [dot] org.


Arts + Ecology Residencies

Residencies have long held a special relationship with place and the natural world. This group is for artists' residencies that engage environmental/ecological themes within their programs. This may include creating thematic residencies for artists exploring ecological themes, teaching or engaging communities around sustainable practices, fostering collaborations between artists and scientists around the major environmental issues of our time, and other activities.

Explore Arts + Ecology Residency Programs from around the world here.

Find resources, readings and toolkits for arts + ecology intiatives here.

Cohort Chairs: Brad Kik | Crosshatch + Molly Rideout | Grin City Collective

Arts + Ecology Residencies
Live Arts Residencies
A group for residencies supporting live arts in all its forms - including dance, theater arts, multimedia performance, and music. This group explores best practices for supporting ensemble and performance-based work at every stage of the process and connecting work to new audiences.

Cohort Chair: Craig Peterson | Gibney Dance

Live Arts Residencies
Residencies Abroad

Hosting a residency program abroad presents special challenges. This group is a sounding board for residencies based in the United States that are running one or more residency programs abroad.

Residencies Abroad
Residencies in Canada

Are you a Canadian-based residency program? Join this dynamic network of artists' communities in Canada. This group will explore ways of working together to develop professional practices, share ideas and resources, and promote Canadian residency opportunities to artists from around the world.

Cohort Chair: Candace Elder | Senior Manager of Programs, National Music Center

Residencies in Taiwan

With a growing number of artist residencies in Taiwan, this group will explore ways of working together to develop professional practices, share ideas and resources, and promote Taiwanese residency opportunities to artists from around the world.

Cohort Chair: Margaret Shiu | Founder/Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio and Bamboo Culture International