Grin City Collective is an artist residency, a social practice art collaboration and a working farm all rolled into one program.
Grin City's residency program welcomes writers, visual and performance artists for stays of 3-6 weeks. Residents are provided housing and individual workspace. Up to eight people can be a part of Grin City Collective at any point in time. Visit our residency page for details about upcoming sessions and projects.
Thanks to its expanding residency program, Grin City has also attracted a cohort of creative minds within the local community. Year-round this group experiments with the intersection of contemporary art, maker-culture and rural living. The results of their work can be found throughout town: in the Grinnell Art Gallery, at the farmer's market, Relish restaurant, and Grinnell College.
Grin City Collective's Artists & Writers Residency Program offers 3-week or 6-week long residencies for writers, visual and performance artists on a 320-acre farm in Central Iowa. Residents receive a private studio, bedroom and a collaborative working atmosphere. Artists over the age of 21 at any stage of their career may apply. Grin City is above all a collaborative, supportive working atmosphere. We welcome artists interested in exposure to rural America and local agriculture and those who wish to share their creative work with this community.
Following Grin City's philosophy of art as a social practice, we offer residents the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-focused art initiatives throughout the year. Residents interested in organic farming may also opt in for an immersive work experience with Middle Way Farm, our on-site CSA and market garden.
Sessions are broken into two three-week blocks and residents elect to stay for either three-week or six-week blocks (note Spring 2016 will include an additional 7th week that artists staying for the second block may opt for). All residents arrive and depart on the same days. If you are interested in applying to the Grin City Artist & Writers Residency please read our Residency Guidelines to make sure Grin City is right for you