Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers 30-day core residencies (April-November) and 1-4 week winter residencies (Dec/Jan) for alumni at no cost to the artists. National and international artists in the disciplines of media arts/new genres, visual arts, literature, choreography, and music composition are welcome. The Program provides core residents with studio space, food and lodging and local transportation. Winter alumni residents are provided studio space and lodging.
The Program offer fee-based workshop/retreats led by alumni in dance/movement, photography, and literature (young adult, novel writing, memoir and environmental writing)
The Program invites 10-12 artists each 30-day period. Artists arrive and leave at the same time and are asked to share the evening meal (prepared by Chef Dan Tosh) to facilitate collegiality. Many artists make life-long friendships and launch collaborative projects subsequent to their residencies.
In collaboration with LEONARDO, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, the July session is devoted to a special themed residency--Scientific Delirium Madness--which links artists and scientists exploring the art/science continuum.
We trust artists. We believe artists deserve the gift of time. Residents are encouraged to free themselves from outside distractions during their stay and limit their trips "off the mountain". There are no work requirements--Djerassi is committed to exploration and the artistic process. This is a retreat in every sense of the word--very few outsiders visit. Three staff members live on-site to quietly assist you if necessary. The setting is rustic, natural and quiet.