The Blue Mountain Center
The Blue Mountain Center offers a unique refuge to artists, activists, organizers and cultural workers who produce transformative work for their times. We trust residents to choose the rhythm they need to counter the pressures of the world, whether through collaboration or solitude, work or rest, in a nurturing environment where they can connect to themselves, local and global movements, the land and story of the Adirondacks, and the growing BMC community. Our residents span medium and genre including but not limited to: fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, playwrights, filmmakers, composers, visual artists and activists. The residencies are structured to provide a restorative month-long experience in a stimulating working community free from the usual pressures and responsibilities of daily life. During each session residents are invited to work or rest at their own pace, share work with the staff-resident community, and initiate collaborations, informal workshops, explorations and practices with one another. Residencies are offered free of charge, with no specific outcome required, to affirm the value of each participant’s work and demonstrate trust in their individual process and commitment.
PO Box 109
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
Residents are selected by committees of BMC alumni - those who have experienced BMC and are therefore most qualified to assess who would benefit from a BMC residency. Selections are made with close attention to forming multi-racial, intergenerational sessions that are also balanced in terms of gender, class, and relationship to institutional support. Applications include a bio, work plan, and work samples. No formal CV or references are required. The next application process will be for the 2022 season and will be open December 1, 2021 - February 1, 2022.
Residencies are free of charge at BMC. Additionally, residents of color are invited to request additional funding from our Resident Support Fund, to help cover travel or other coasts of taking a month off to attend a residency.
BMC's Resident Support Fund aims to make Blue Mountain Center’s residency program accessible to more writers, artists, and activists who may have experienced barriers to being part of places like BMC, or been burdened by the costs associated with being away for a month. The fund provides a small stipend to accepted applicants for whom financial support would help enable their residency. Individuals may request funds after acceptance to a Blue Mountain Center residency. .
BMC currently has ADA compliant living quarters for one participant per session. Participants with limited mobility are housed in these quarters and given support from staff to fully participate in the residency experience. We are in in the process of making our main common space fully accessible, as well as a studio space.
The areas of the campus that are not accessible include the upper floors of the buildings (living quarters and small library), hiking trails and boathouse. The main common spaces are partially accessible with a goal of being fully accessible this season.
Housing & Accomodation
The main communal space at BMC is the large shared living room/dining room which includes a fireplaces, couches, chairs, main dining hall, other dining areas, and bathroom. This space is currently ADA compliant inside, and will have ADA compliant entry points soon.
Studio & Facilities
BMC has three studios set up for visual artists in a converted stable 5 minute walk from the main living quarters. The studios come with tables, chairs and ample wall space, and share a bathroom. Our hayloft and boathouse can also be used as private as shared studio space, depending on resident preference and needs. A separate composer's studio with a piano is used by our one composer per residency. Writers, activists, playwrights, and film makers are given work space in their bedrooms. All residents are encouraged to use common space for work as well.