STAR (Students, Teachers, Artists in Residence), an artists residency program at Eagle Hill School in rural Hardwick, Massachusetts, is a pair of three-month residencies that run through the academic school year. We consider proposals from visual, literary, musical, and performing artists. We are open to artists at any stage of their careers – emerging artists, well-established artists, art teachers and artists returning to former careers in the arts.
The program is housed at Eagle Hill’s state-of-the-art Cultural Center, a regional venue for the visual and performing arts. STAR brings to our campus distinguished artists of all disciplines who are educators-at-heart, to work on their own creative projects while collaborating with students and teachers on cross-disciplinary learning adventures. Working with the residency coordinator, the accepted residents will mentor small groups of students who will engage with the artists as they work alongside them in the artists’ personal studios in the Cultural Center.
Artists longing for the kind of time, space and support that will enable them to move forward with their own work will find these residencies quite sensitive to those needs. The selected artists will have 24/7 access to our facility’s resources, space, and educational environment. We provide modest on-campus housing, three excellent meals daily, coffee, and a monthly stipend of $500, some supplies, and ample time to work on independent projects beyond time spent with the students. We also provide opportunities to develop teaching skills through professional development relationships with mentor teachers.
The professional opportunities of a STAR residency can be significant: artists will not only surge ahead with creative work they’ve wanted to accomplish, but also move into the next phase of their career with strong educational experience and credentials.
Please consider becoming a STAR artist. Contact Carl Mercier, Artistic Director, with questions or for more details.