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North Street Collective

Our Resident Artist Program provides emerging and established artists with the time, space, and inspiration to explore ideas and produce work. Time spent at North Street allows you to connect with Willits and Mendocino County, California, while allowing you freedom to accomplish what you wish.

North Street provides an opportunity for individual artists or artist collaborators of any discipline to create, advance or complete work in a self-guided and self-motivated way. We especially encourage partnerships of artists and scientists or artists and community activists who seek to work together in new ways to apply.

There are no publication, exhibition, or performance requirements for application– we’re looking for people who will make the most use of what this particular situation offers: relative seclusion, intimacy with a small town, a modest house with some fruit trees and open space, focus without pressure, interaction with a few good souls.

Since we are a new program, we are looking for people who are entrepreneurial by nature and who will also contribute to the growth and spirit of our new effort. The house has a full complement of amenities for living and working, including a new kitchen, new bathroom, a small garden, and good wifi.

2019 Residency Schedule

Session 1: May 6th-June 30th 2019
Session 2: July 1-August 25th 2019
Session 3: August 26-October 18 2019

Residents may apply to stay for two weeks to three months.
Residencies begin on Sundays at 5pm and end on Sundays at noon.
North Street accommodates up to three residents at a time.

Who applies to North Street Collective

Resident artists are professionals working in or across following artistic disciplines, with priority given to artists from whom this place is most conducive to their work, especially those with connections to Native American communities, Mexico, and with an interest in ecology and the natural environment:
• Literature, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and translation;
• Visual Art, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and installation art;
• Plastic & Industrial Arts, including sculpting, design, and drafting;
• Performance, including choreography, performance art, multi-media and/or collaborative works incorporating live performance;
• Film, Video, & other Media, including narrative, documentary and experimental films, animation, and screenplays;
• Gardening, Horticulture, & Wellness, including edible, decorative, and permaculture;
• Culinary Arts, while we do not plan to offer a professional or commercial kitchen and will probably only be able to provide the basics in our space, we could also potentially welcome culinary artists who seek a reflective time to experiment with or write about their craft.
• Science and Research, especially ecology, geography, biology
• Green Building, Energy, and Design, smaller projects and/or writing about these
• Political and Social Organizing, especially projects relevant to the local community


Willits, California: United States

Willits, California is a 5,000 person town located in the Little Lake Valley, the heart of Mendocino County, Northern California, USA. Located on a quiet residential street in the middle of the old logging town, North Street was first constructed in 1914 and completely remodeled in 2016. The facility combines workspace with communal living space, with flexible, multi purpose interior and grounds. There are informal, quirky places in and around North Street to display work, and small areas for performances or other gatherings. We have three bedrooms/workrooms, two large interior studio/gallery spaces, and two external work platforms.


  • Residency Length: two months
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2-3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 8-10
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 70


  • Artist Status: Mid-career Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    In keeping with Mendocino’s unique heritage and sense of place, artists from Native American backgrounds, and Mexican artists, and artists whose work is connected to ecology have special priority for residencies. We also celebrate artists working with wood or other materials from the local natural environment; artists working with railroad-related themes; or those with a social practice related to this region of the world, including water, food system, and social justice.

  • Application deadline: January 05
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    The online application portal will lead you through the required questions, attachments, and media uploads. There is a $10 USD fee per proposal. If you are unable to make this payment for any reason, please email us at The selection committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Proposals are evaluated based on the quality, originality, and fit of the work to North Streets mission and current resources.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    We have a seasonal garden and fruit trees that residents are welcome to harvest, depending on the season.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Additional studio information: 
    We have hosted printmakers, fiber artists, dancers, cooks, sculptors, digital music artists, woodworkers, and potters, among many others, and are usually able to work with the community to find facilities and equipment to support each person's needs.

Residency Fees

There is a $10 fee for application. All artists receive free living and working space and a weekly stipend of $300 to cover food, materials, and transportation to/from North Street.

Stipends / other support

North Street provides housing and workspace during the 2019 residency. All artists receive free living and working space and a weekly stipend of $300 to cover food, materials, and transportation to/from North Street. Residents are responsible for living expenses such as food, supplies, and travel to and from North Street. If the artist initiates it, North Street will supply signed letters of support for outside funding.

Additional expectations / opportunities

In addition to working on a clearly-defined project, residents are encouraged to conduct one public performance or event. This can take form of an open rehearsal, a screening, a reading, a class, or a talk. Workshops and community events are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information

350 North Street
Willits, California 95490
United States