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STAR Collaboration at the Eagle Hill School

The STAR Collaboration (Students, Teachers, Artists-in-Residence) at Eagle Hill School advances artistic approaches to education by connecting diverse learners to accomplished artists who live, learn, and create new work on campus.The STAR Collaboration invites artists of all disciplines to come away for an extended period of focused art work, and to come together with our students and teachers to facilitate authentic learning adventures. STAR residents are accomplished artists, and also educators-at-heart, who want to work with young people while expanding the definition of what being an educator means; who are interested in novel, interdisciplinary educational approaches; and who thrive on collaboration with others.

Location

Hardwick, Massachusetts: United States

STAR is housed within the Cultural Center at Eagle Hill, a major, state-of-the-art venue for learning, creating, exhibiting, performing, and enjoying the arts in rural Central Massachusetts.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 16-18 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 3
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 7

Eligibility

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

    We offer two sessions that correspond to the school calendar. Fall/Winter is mid-September through January and Winter/Spring is mid- January into early- June. Please visit our website for residency calls, applications, and information.

Past Residents & Quotes

“The Residency was a fantastic experience, both professionally and personally. I look back on pages 8 and 9 of Frankenstein, and can't believe just a few months later I'm already working on pages 90 and 91. Impossible without the STAR program!”
— Veronica Fish, Graphic Novel Author/Illustrator

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    We provide modest near-campus housing of either an individual apartment or private bedroom with private bath in Eagle Hill School’s Bed & Breakfast.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Residency includes all meals served at the EHS’s Dining Commons seven days a week, located in the Cultural Center. Also, a full kitchen is included in the near-campus housing. Vegetarian options always available.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    No smoking, no pets, and children cannot be accommodated. Spouses/partners allowed for full stay when possible.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Dance / Choreography, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Music recording studio, Painting, Theater, Woodworking
  • Additional studio information: 
    24/7 access to STAR’s 1000’ shared studio space, access to all Cultural Center and Arts classroom facilities, equipment, & technology
  • Other facilities and services: Laundry facilities, parking and fitness center.

Residency Fees

None

Stipends / other support

$1500 stipend; modest materials budget for personal work (all materials and supplies related to work the students are engaged in are provided); dedicated, distraction-free time to make art; and opportunities to develop teaching skills through professional development relationships with mentor teachers. We work with each artist to find a healthy balance of creative sanctuary and community engagement.

Additional expectations / opportunities

We seek candidates who believe that by working beside students, informally mentoring and modeling, STAR residents can wield powerful, positive influence on passionate, talented, budding artists. To broaden and deepen that influence, we also work with each resident artist to craft a more formal collaboration that: -Sparks student interest in the arts through performances, exhibits, and increased arts visibility on campus, - Encourages and assists teachers from other disciplines to confidently and comfortably integrate the arts in their instruction, - Provides a working example of collaborative, interdisciplinary, arts-based teaching, and - Models what it means to be a professional artist. These customized, versatile, flexible collaborations can involve any combination of elements including regularly scheduled class time, after school activities, studio visits, apprenticeships, media documentation, workshops, lectures, slide shows, and collaborative performances. - Implicit throughout the program is the priority placed on providing abundant quality time for residents to engage in their personal artistic goals during this residency opportunity.

Contact Information

The Cultural Center at Eagle Hill
242 Old Petersham Road, P.O.Box 116
Hardwick, Massachusetts 01037
United States