Residency Program Applications

  • January 20, 2023

Acceptance into any two-week residency is determined through a jury process and requires a written letter of intent* describing what work do you propose to do while an artist-in-residence, with higher priority given to those that will contribute to the Olive Street and/or Lakewood Theater community. The deadline for submission of an application is March 10th prior to the spring you wish to attend, April 10th prior to the summer, or August 10th for autumn attendance.  Notification of your acceptance into a residency session will be made within 30 days of receipt of your application.

Following notification of your acceptance into a residency, you will receive a commitment form which must be signed and returned within 14 days along with a deposit check for $350.  This deposit holds your reservation as artist-in-residence and will be deducted from the cost of your residency.**  It also serves as a commitment on your behalf to attend, and therefore is not refundable.

The total cost to attend a two-week program (which includes lodging, studio space, and meals***) is $1500 for summer residencies, $1000 for spring or autumn residencies.  Payment in full must be received no less than 15 days prior to your scheduled begin date.  Travel costs & arrangements, as well as the cost of art supplies are the responsibility of the artist.

Very much like the nearby Skowhegan School of Art, there isn't any prepared instructional content to the program and each resident's time is their own to use freely. Our hope is that some resident's may choose to offer talks and/or workshops regarding their mediums or techniques, but it is not required.

The sleeping arrangements in the residences themselves are mostly dormitory style, and occasionally co-ed. For this reason we ask all applicants to be 18 years or older at the time of their stay.

The summer season follows that of the theater, being mid-May to mid-September. Spring is mid-April to mid-May, and autumn is mid-September to mid-October.

Full season residencies may be available. Please contact us for more information including pricing. 

*Please send your letter of intent to: The Olive Street Project c/o Dawnella Sutton PO Box 51 Edgecomb, Maine 04556

**Know that we are not in this to make money, but need to at least break even on our expenses for the project to continue. If we make capacity your rent will indeed be spread the word! One of our goals is to be self-sustaining, and a portion of any fees we are always open to bartering for goods or services.

***Continental style breakfast delivered to your accomodations, lunch & dinner in community kitchen at the Tower House (4 Olive Street)



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Dawnella Sutton

Po Box 51
Edgecomb  ME  04556