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Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology

The Hill House Artist Residency supports talented artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well-stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (by request). Emerging musicians are offered a small stipend to aid in professional development.

Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people may apply.

The Hill House cannot support artists who require a traditional studio or specialized equipment, but can support those who can work in a carpeted space and can bring their own gear and materials.

The Hill House is a two-story log cabin. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large unfinished basement, a spacious back porch, washer and dryer, and electric heat. The Hill House can potentially accommodate up to four people at a time (one queen sized bed, two single beds and one pull out couch). The house is not ADA compliant, and is not accessible by wheelchair, but we are happy to discuss meeting any specific needs you may have.

We love good food. We make every effort to fulfill your dietary desires while focusing on fresh, local, seasonal and organic food whenever possible. That can include local pastured meat and poultry, and we are also vegetarian and vegan friendly. Access to fresh local food tends to be easier in the summer and fall, and more challenging in the winter and early spring. We stock the kitchen, but for the most part you are on your own for meal preparation, so it helps if you have a little cooking skill. If all you want is a freezer filled with pizzas and bean burritos, we can do that too.

A phone is available for local calls. Cell phone service is variable. Wireless internet access functions about 95% of the time. The house does not come with a computer. Smoking is not permitted on the property. One dog or cat is allowed but must be leashed when outdoors. No exceptions to these rules, sorry!

Musicians, there is not a recording studio at the Hill House, and the residency is not designed to support recording your album. There is, however, a selection of consumer level instruments and basic recording gear available for your use while in residence, including a piano, telecaster, electric bass and keyboard.

Writers, a printer and paper are available for you, but you will need to bring your own computer.

No particular room is designated as a work space. You’re free to take over the house in whatever way best works for your creativity. Residents should bring the instruments and other materials they need to work.

Location

Mancelona, Michigan: United States

Northwest Lower Michigan (the upper left corner of the lower peninsula), about an hour NE of Traverse City. The Hill House is just off of M-66, and about 15 minutes from the Village of Mancelona, the Village of Bellaire and the Village of East Jordan.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 2-4 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-4
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 20
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 200

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people are welcome.

  • Application deadline: April 01, October 01

Past Residents & Quotes

One of the best experiences of our lives. It was a magical, restorative and extremely productive two weeks. This residency is unique in that it allows participants the quiet and solitude which invites creativity at its prime.
— Shannon Diaz, musician

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    The Hill House has two bedrooms, a sleeper couch, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, electric heat, a fireplace and easy access to hiking trails and great canoeing. The Hill House can accommodate up to four people at one time. Smoking is not permitted on the property. One dog or cat is allowed but must be leashed when outdoors.
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    We stock the kitchen with great food and make every effort to fulfill your dietary desires. We focus on fresh, local, seasonal and organic food whenever possible, including local pastured meat and poultry. We also support vegetarians and vegans. Residents prepare their own meals. Access to fresh local food tends to be easier in the summer and fall and more challenging in the winter and early spring.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Children allowed for full stay
    The Hill House now accepts parent artists. An artist may bring up to three children and/or caregivers while in residence. The Hill House is outfitted with basic child safety equipment, though the resident must bring a car (and car seat if applicable). Further, the Hill House now allows artists from different disciplines to be in residence together, if they are collaborating on a project together or if they are in a relationship. Each artist must still apply individually and be accepted into the program.
  • Accessibility: no
    The house is not ADA compliant and is not wheelchair accessible. That said, we are willing to do what we can to accommodate artists with accessibility needs. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording)
  • Additional studio information: 
    Although there is ample work space, there is no formal studio. There is a limited selection of musical instruments, including a piano, telecaster guitar, electric bass, mandolin and keyboard, and some prosumer level recording equipment.
  • Other facilities and services: Snowshoes, hiking trails, local canoe and kayak livery. Opportunities to attend agricultural workshops and other events while in residence (a listing is on our website). Many small, informal ways to engage with our amazing community while you are here, from a beer at the pub to help bringing in the hay.

Residency Fees

The application fee is $25 per application period.

Stipends / other support

There is a small stipend for professional development for emerging musicians, funded through the David Fetzer Fund.

Additional expectations / opportunities

All residencies offer opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings, potlucks and workshops. These are solely at your request and are not required. Community exchange events are typically unpaid.

Contact Information

PO Box 929
Bellaire, Michigan 49615
United States
Tel: 231-622-5252