Playa is a nonprofit organization supporting work in the arts, literature, natural sciences, and other creative fields. Playa was organized in 2009 and began its Residency programs in May 2011. For all the latest information, including upcoming residency opportunities go to our News page.
Located near Summer Lake in Lake County, Oregon, Playa manages two types of Residency programs. Fellowship Residencies are provided without a fee offering the gift of time and space to eligible applicants, and span two multi-month sessions each year. When Fellowship Residencies are not in session, our Contributing Residency program opens our facilities on a fee-basis to groups or individuals whose primary focus and activities align with Playa’s mission. The intention of both of these residency programs is to support creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work, and who will benefit from time spent in Playa’s inspiring, remote location.
Playa also provides free programs and educational activities to the local communities of Summer Lake, Paisley, and Lake County, Oregon.
Mission and Values
On the edge of the Great Basin, Playa offers creative individuals the space, the solitude, and the community to reflect and to engage their work.
§ Respect: Playa cultivates a culture of respect for the Great Basin, its inhabitants, and for the natural world we share.
§ Place: Playa allows time for the dynamic qualities of place to permeate and inspire the individual.
§ Interval: Playa provides an interval of time and space that encourages reflection and inquiry.
§ Exchange: Playa enables diverse individuals to learn from one another other through the co-residency of ideas and endeavors.
§ Beauty: Playa embraces beauty as a pathway for change and survival.
§ Intent: Playa operates in a thoughtful, resource-conscious manner that engages the vitality of the local community.
Playa is located at 47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, Oregon 97640. The telephone is 541-943-3983.