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Site visit with New Territories playwrights.
The Rural Studio 20K House live/work cottages.
Jamie Burmeister working in the shipping container studio.
Cornelia Konrads giving a public talk.
Dinner with artists.

AIR Serenbe

AIR Serenbe nurtures critical moments of imagination. We are committed to giving artists the time and space needed to create, apart from the daily demands of production and deadline. A residency experience provides an edge — this edge is a necessity for the creation of innovative new work. In our commitment to this process, we take inspiration from the long traditions of creative retreat and incubation, ranging from monasteries to Black Mountain College to the academic sabbatical.

AIR Serenbe, founded in 2007, supports artists of all disciplines in the creation of new work, while engaging a local but diverse community through public programs. We do this through our annual Focus Fellowship award residencies and through Project Residencies, where we partner with other organizations that support working artists.

AIR Serenbe is a unit of the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment.

Location

Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia: United States

AIR Serenbe is located in the Serenbe community, a pioneering community nestled in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. A community focused on wellbeing, Serenbe is set among acres of preserved forests and working farms. Serenbe is home to a community of people who believe that art and the creative process are essential elements of our health and humanity. As a residency program, housed in a dynamic New Urbanism community, AIR Serenbe is particularly interested in how having artists living and working in “our backyards” contributes to a sense of place. It is our belief that artists help us see our worlds all over again for the first time. In this way, they create a deeper appreciation of place for us all.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2-4 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 24
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: N/A

Eligibility

  • Application type: Application not available (residency by nomination or invitation only)
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Anis Mojgani, David Hilder, Liz Duffy Adams, Edith Freni, Andrew Moore, Sarah Kay, Adam Koch, Jamie Burmeister, Paul Rucker, René Treviño, Kiki Blood, Jessica Gath, Matthew Terrell, Glo, Erika Adams, Sally Bradley, Bess McCrary, Leslie Iwai, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Laila Biali, Zach Brock, Sam Winston, Oliver Jeffers, Ying Zhu, BK Adams, Bernice McFadden, Rebecca Crowell, Cornelia Konrads, New River Dramatists, Haven Kimmel, Elizabeth Stockton, Frank Hunter, Valetta Anderson, Evan Levy, Scott Browning, Michael David, Shannon Lake, Marilyn Suriani, Paul Villinski, Amy Park, Gayle Stevens, Ian Ross

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    In 2014, we partnered with Auburn University’s Rural Studio to build their 20K House designs at Serenbe. The first two cottages, completed in January 2016, provide high-quality live/work space for our visiting artists. Rural Studio is an award-winning design/build educational lab based in Hale County, Alabama. They have built over 100 houses and civic structures for underserved clients in rural west Alabama. Samuel Mockbee, founder of Rural Studio, won a MacArthur Award for this work before his death in 2001. This partnership with Serenbe is the first of its kind for Rural Studio and seeks to refine ways to take the 20K House models to a larger market. Workstead, the NYC/Charleston-based design firm, donated custom lighting for each cottage, tailored with the needs of working artists in mind.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    The cottages have full kitchens with Bosch appliances. Artists shop and cook for themselves. We program 1-2 dinners during residency. Our artists often will receive lunch and dinner invitations from residents in the local community.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    Children and pets allowed on a case by case basis, depending on schedule and time of year.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Additional studio information: 
    In addition to our live/work cottages, we have one studio space in a converted shipping container. This container is 8'x40', has electricity, and lots of light and air entering through three glass french doors and four windows.
  • Other facilities and services: We host talks and performances in community retail and inn spaces. We host dinners and conversations in homes and on outside grounds throughout the property.

Residency Fees

none

Stipends / other support

up to $1500

Additional expectations / opportunities

Focus Fellowship Award Residencies

Contact Information

9110 Selborne Ln
Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia 30268
United States