Supported residencies are funded opportunities available through an application process and awarded to people working at the intersection of art and science. Residents stay here free of charge and are responsible for their own travel costs and food while they are here. We are open to international and domestic applicants as long as eligibility requirements are met.
Applicants may choose a 5, 12 or 26 day session. All residency sessions begin on a Thursday and end on a Monday. Applicants must choose from the dates available. We cannot accommodate custom residency dates.
PLAYA’s residencies are open to the global community of scientists, naturalists, biologists, musicians, designers, sustainability leaders, social practice artists, musicians, visual artists, writers, performing artists, and collaborations and individuals engaged in interdisciplinary work or other forms of creative work. PLAYA welcomes a range of participants– from emerging scientists and artists to those with an established history of accomplishment.
PLAYA is in a remote, rural area of Oregon with wide open vistas and opportunities for field explorations in rich natural settings. Lake county, the county PLAYA exists in, has a population of 7,895 and is 8,358 sq miles (200 sq miles smaller than the state of Rhode Island). Bend, Oregon, a burgeoning city, is two hours away, the county seat, Lakeview is one hour from PLAYA. Paisley with a population of 225 is 17 miles from PLAYA. The town of Summer Lake, population 100, consists of a gas station, small market, post office and rest area.
PLAYA’s 76-acre campus sits alongside an intermittent desert lake which is 10 miles wide and 20 miles long. The campus is made up of the Commons building (where the only wi-fi on campus can be accessed), 6 cabins, 2 live/work units, 2 homes for staff, three studios, and a small music studio.
Residency Experience Summary
PLAYA’s residencies are open to the global community of scientists and artists whose work promotes dialogue and positive change in the environment and the world. We encourage naturalists, biologists, musicians, designers, sustainability leaders, social practitioners, musicians, visual artists, writers and performing artists to apply. PLAYA welcomes applications from both emerging and seasoned professionals. Applicants must demonstrate how their work aligns with our mission and how they, or their project, will benefit from time at PLAYA. All residents must be 18 years old or older. Residents’ work must be compatible with PLAYA’s available studio spaces, facilities, and resources, and with PLAYA’s rural setting and community. REAPPLICATION: Past residents or applicants must submit new and complete applications. Past residents must wait two years after the date of their last residency to re-apply to PLAYA.