KAC starts new Artist-In-Residence program in partnership with Garret on the Green

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CLINTON — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will offer the Snowed-In Residency, its first Artist-in-Residence program and a partnership with local retreat and residency space, The Garret on the Green. 

The Artist-In-Residence program will offer one week solo stays and dedicated studio space for three emerging visual and performing artists in January. Each artist will receive a travel and food stipend funded by a donation from Mayor Steven and wife Kris Bellona.

Selected artists will stay at The Garret and work in a studio space four doors down at KAC. Applications will be open on both the Kirkland Art Center and the Garret on the Green websites from now until Nov. 10.

“A lot of traditional artist residencies are built around month-long stays, which leaves out an enormous pool of talent,” said Nora Revenaugh, co-owner of The Garret on the Green and a board member at Kirkland Art Center. “We believe that artists who need to hold down day jobs or care for their families are no less talented and no less worthy of support than the artists who are able to create full-time — and if we want a wider range of stories and experiences represented in the art world, it’s important to make time, space and funding available to a wider range of artists.”

Working artists themselves, Revenaugh and her husband began a pilot program of short residencies at The Garret last winter. They said they were quickly overwhelmed by the level of interest from the arts community.

“We had this great program, but we could only host writers because of our lack of studio space,” Revenaugh said. "Then COVID hit and all these beautiful studio facilities at the KAC were sitting empty — it seemed like the perfect moment to team up and expand the residency program with more funding and more space.”

Local business partners including Nola’s Restaurant, The Cremeria, Almost Local and Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. All teamed up to create welcome packages for each artist resident.

“It’s a great way to show our love of art and artists during a time when we can’t gather in person,” said Damhnait McHugh, KAC Board of Directors co-president. “Like a lot of our neighbors, we’ve been really challenged by this pandemic — but it has also presented us with the opportunity to evolve and find new ways to fulfill our mission of supporting artists and the arts here in Central New York.”

More about the artist residency and a link to the application can be found at: www.kacny.org/residency.

About Kirkland Art Center

Kirkland Art Center has been a community arts hub for the Mohawk Valley region for 60 years. Their mission is to educate children and adults, to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a range of cultural experiences and opportunities.

About The Garret on the Green

The Garret on the Green is run by Nora and Mike Revenaugh, and opened in January of this year as a rental retreat space designed with working artists in mind. In its first year, The Garret has hosted writers, poets, performing artists, a composer, an illustrator and a variety of other kindred spirits.

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