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ODYSSEYS Costa Rica

Founded by Royce Clay Slape Seiger, Intercultural ODYSSEYS Costa Rica is a Civic, Social and non-governmental organization (NGO) offering a one-of-a-kind, community based artists' residency. Because the time you dedicate to your art is precious, we offer unique home stay accommodations with local host families, meals included. Our artist-in-residence program is open to writers and artists in all disciplines, emerging or established, from anywhere in the world.

A different kind of artist colony: Applications are accepted year-round, reviewed through a committee-selection process. Because of our unique accommodations, applications on short notice are also encouraged.

Visual artists are given the opportunity for a solo exhibit at the prestigious National Gallery located in the Costa Rican center of Science and Culture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rican_Center_of_Science_and_Culture

Two meals or one meal and one local outing are hosted by ODYSSEYS each week. This is an opportunity for all artists in residence to share a meal with each other and with the Program Director. As part of these events artists will have the opportunity (always optional) to share work: open studios, presentations and readings, etc... When possible these opportunities will also be provided publicly at least once during an artist's residency, often at the end, at appropriate local venues such as the Figueres Museum and Cultural Center.

Location

San Ramón, Alajuela: Costa Rica

San Ramón is a one-hour drive northwest of the capital city of San José in one direction or to the Central Pacific beaches in another; 45-minutes from San Jose's International Airport, or 1-1/2 hours from Arenal Volcano. Average temperatures run in the mid-70sF (25 degrees C) year-round. Yet, on even the sunniest days, as if to remind us that we are indeed in the cloud forest, a soothing mist rolls in, bathing the surrounding mountains, including the nearby hills of Las Musas (The Muses), with an impression worthy of the finest Monet. More details here: http://odysseyscostarica.org/Our_Location.html A comfortable local bus goes direct from San Ramón to Puntarenas in 45 minutes. This is a lovely beach that attracts surfers and beach combers from abroad, and is also the casting off point for Ferry departures to other spectacular Costa Rican beaches and exotic locations.

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    No application deadline. Applications on short notice also encouraged.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

Vary by length of stay. Though residencies of one month or longer are given preference, stays of under one month are considered, especially for artists who have previously been in residence.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Visual artists are given the opportunity for a solo exhibit at the prestigious National Gallery located in the Costa Rican center of Science and Culture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rican_Center_of_Science_and_Culture Two meals or one meal and one local outing are hosted by ODYSSEYS each week. This is an opportunity for all artists in residence to share a meal with each other and with the Program Director. As part of these events artists will have the opportunity (always optional) to share work: open studios, presentations and readings, etc... When possible these opportunities will also be provided publicly at least once during an artist's residency, often at the end, at appropriate local venues such as the Figueres Museum and Cultural Center.

Contact Information

APDO 10578-1000
San José, 10578-1000
Costa Rica