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2016 Family Residency
2016 Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency
Application Deadline for both programs: Monday, March 7, 2016

I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.), announces its 2016 August Special Programs:

Family Residency, an experimental program where 4 artists will be bringing along their families for a 2-week onsite residency. This program has the goal of helping to fulfill an under-served need within the creative community. We're looking to strike the right balance between providing an opportunity for artists with families to devote focused time in their studios - and making it possible for them to maintain crucial physical connections to their home life.

Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency, a follow-up to last year's very successful experimental effort. This program will bring together five composers and New York-based ENSEMBLE MISE-EN for an immersive 2-week residency focused on collaboration and exchange, an intense rehearsal schedule of the new music compositions and a series of three public concerts - featuring ten world premieres.

International applicants are welcome to apply to either program.

I-Park provides comfortable, private living quarters in an 1850’s era farmhouse, a private studio space and a food program.

Work samples are evaluated through a competitive, juried process. A $30 application fee helps defray the cost of the independent selection panels. Accepted artists are responsible for their own work materials as well as transportation to and from the area. The program is otherwise offered at no cost to invitees.

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East Haddam, Connecticut: United States

Located approximately 2 hours from Boston and 2½ hours from New York City, I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat in rural East Haddam, Connecticut. The property consists of ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest as well as miles of stone walls and walking trails. The property is bisected by the Eightmile River and adjoins the Devil's Hopyard State Park and other preserved tracts. The land has a wild, gnarly character that suits I-Park's role as a refuge from and recourse to the safe routines and subtle compromises of the workaday world.


  • Residency Length: 4-weeks standard, 2-weeks in certain circumstances
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 7
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 65
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 650 (2015)


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists must be over the age of 21.

  • Application deadline: March 07

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Accommodations include comfortable private living quarters in an 1850’s farmhouse; shared bathroom facilities; towels and linens, housekeeping service provided; cooking/kitchen facilities.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Food program provided, including chef-prepared dinners 4 nights per week. Cooking/kitchen facilities are also available for residents.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Children allowed for full stay
    Spouses/partners and children allowed for full stay in Family Residency. Some provision for short visits by friends | family, with prior approval in General Residency. No overnight guests or pets allowed.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    The Common Area, 2 of the living quarters and 2 of the studios will be wheelchair accessible for the 2015 residency season.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Film / Digital editing, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    7 private studios (heated, air conditioned). Ceramics/pottery (electric kiln provided), painting, sculpture, writers’ studios. Music studio with upright piano (also Mac hardware, synthesizers, Digital Performer, Korg midi music recording module). Some digital media equipment and software, hand and power tools and construction equipment and materials available without charge.
  • Other facilities and services: Common area/meeting space and modest library for residents’ use; laundry facilities on-site; two pc computers; wireless internet available throughout most of the facility. Organization provides a weekly shopping trip into town and initial pickup at local airports and train/bus stations. Smoking permitted outdoors only.

Residency Fees

Except for a $30 application fee, the program is offered free of charge.

Stipends / other support

Check Special Programs details

Additional expectations / opportunities

OPEN Studios event is scheduled for the last weekend of the session; one page (minimum) work-on-paper contribution to the I-Park scrapbook; end of session questionnaire. Program offers special encouragement and staff support to environmental artists and others who creatively engage the I-Park landscape. Artists are welcome, though not required, to contribute a work of art to the project archives. Individual and group photos are taken at some point during the residency and a short documentary video is produced during each session. It is also hoped, though not at all required, that some artists will take an interest in and perhaps contribute their ideas and/or energy to other emerging programs at I-Park: Gardens at I-Park, Thanatopolis (memorial/memory park), Contemporary Composers Institute.

Contact Information

P. O. Box 508
Plantsville, Connecticut 06479
United States
Tel: (860) 873-2468