Residencies for Parent artists

At Elsewhere Studios, we recognize the limited accessibility to residencies as a parent. The length of time, cost of travel, and leaving behind your family can make attending very, very difficult. Thanks to the generous support of Sustainable Arts Foundation, Elsewhere Studios was able to offer specific support to parent artists during the month of July 2019. Accepted artists had the choice of bringing their spouse/ partner and children, or to come on their own. They were provided free living and studio space, and awarded a stipend of up to $1500. The residencies were shortened from one-six months to one-two week long residencies. We had six families total in residents with six children ranging from 2.5 years old to 13. Our parent artists were:

Eric McMaster

Ellen Pierce

Ginny Kaczmarek

Maria Velasco

Ukhona Ntsali

Brigid McAuliffe

It was a rich month with presentations, potlucks and open studios happening each week. Every artist presented their work to the community, and we even had some of the children-in-residence do a presentation. Three of boys Alex (9), Adrian (9) and Emery (13) created a collaborative feature-length film during their residency and previewed it to the community during one of you events. The film is titled ‘Kung Food Masters’, watch the trailer below:

A collaborative film trailer created by the "Kids of Elsewhere" as part of our Family residency July 2019.
Eric McMaster’s family: Kim, Rivers + Edith walking along the Gunnison River.

Eric McMaster’s family: Kim, Rivers + Edith walking along the Gunnison River.

While I wrote upstairs overlooking treetops, my family picked cherries, rafted a river, visited the swimming hole, and explored local parks. Halfway through our stay, another artist, Maria Velasco, and her son Alex, took up residency, and we spent happy hours in the evening talking about the joys and challenges of being parent-artists while the kids rode bikes and visited the kittens.
— Ginny Kaczmarek
Resident Ginny Kaczmarek with her family: Ian, Emery, and Adrian, and Resident Maria Velasco with her son Alex. Sitting with Program Manager Henry Kunkel and Director Carolina Porras after a Sunday brunch at Delicious Orchards, a morning shared with tasty food, swings and hula hoops.

Resident Ginny Kaczmarek with her family: Ian, Emery, and Adrian, and Resident Maria Velasco with her son Alex. Sitting with Program Manager Henry Kunkel and Director Carolina Porras after a Sunday brunch at Delicious Orchards, a morning shared with tasty food, swings and hula hoops.

[The residency was] refreshing in that it was also specifically for artists who are mothers and everything about was self-lead. I had the opportunity to step away from my everyday context to enjoy a tranquil environment and interrogate and explore my process at my own pace, I also did not have to pack away the aspect of myself that is a mother.
— Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu
Artist Maria Velasco and her son Alex and Tomatoes. Maria and Alex worked on a collaborative project creating a magical card game based on Elsewhere Studios and nooks and crannies they found while exploring Paonia.

Artist Maria Velasco and her son Alex and Tomatoes. Maria and Alex worked on a collaborative project creating a magical card game based on Elsewhere Studios and nooks and crannies they found while exploring Paonia.

Resident Brigid McAuliffe and her son Sebi. While in residence Brigid worked on a multimedia storytelling project will explore human connection, values, identity, and history of food in the North Fork Valley.

Resident Brigid McAuliffe and her son Sebi. While in residence Brigid worked on a multimedia storytelling project will explore human connection, values, identity, and history of food in the North Fork Valley.

Elsewhere Studios exists in the heart of the small, vibrant mountain town of Paonia, Colorado. Located on the western slope of the Rockies, Paonia has a population of about 1500 with another 5000 in the surrounding mesas. The town is rich with creativity and is home to many organic orchards, farms and vineyards. Though small, Paonia doesn’t have a lack of things to do for families, especially during the summer!  

The Paonia Library is just two blocks away and offers lots of kid friendly activities. The Paonia River Park and Paonia Town Park are both about 5 blocks away with great playground and shaded open spaces. Go check out a movie or music at the local theater, The Paradise, which is just right around the corner. The Blue Sage Art Center offers classes, workshops, and kids camps (such as circus arts or animation and movie-making). Cherry Days, an annual festival in July, is a fun-filled weekend featuring live music, food and parades. Delicious Orchards, two miles from Elsewhere Studios, is a great place for families to enjoy local delicious food and beverages while listening to live music as part of their summer BBQ Concert Series. We also have bicycles available for use by both adults and children.

...[While in residence I worked on a] big project I’m excited about and feeling much needed validation that I can be a mother and an artist simultaneously. I’ve had to find small ways to fulfill my creative self since becoming a mom through projects or exercises that don’t require a lot of time. However, I am most inspired during my projects (documentary/ethnographic social practice) that require a high level of immersion, dedication, and focus. I’ve often thought this style of working is no longer an option since I’m now a mother of a young child. This residency made it possible to have both.
— Brigid McAuliffe


Elsewhere Studios thanks Sustainable Arts Foundation for assisting in supporting family friendly residencies for 2019.

Stay tuned for our next Family Residency open call or email info@elsewherestudios.org for inquires.

The incredibly rich benefit for me was finding new ways to integrate my family and artistic lives, and along the way we infused the work of family life with a sense of creative play.
— Michelle Mercer, Resident Alumni 2017
Edith and Rivers were lucky to be here during Paonia’s famous cherry season!

Edith and Rivers were lucky to be here during Paonia’s famous cherry season!

Brigid’s son, Sebi, walking with friend and babysitter, Hanna Doreen Brown behind Resident Maria Velasco and son Alex.

Brigid’s son, Sebi, walking with friend and babysitter, Hanna Doreen Brown behind Resident Maria Velasco and son Alex.