In 2011 and 2012 Playa offered two residency programs.
In 2011, 30 individuals participated in Playa’s Fellowship Residency program.
In 2012, Playa awarded 50 fellowship residencies devoted to individual or collaborative creative work. In addition, 10 individuals from a range of disciplines and perspectives were invited to creatively engage the theme “Change dynamics in the northern Great Basin.”
Fellowship residencies and provisions for meals were offered at no cost. Travel expenses to and from Playa are the responsibility of the resident.
In addition to providing a creative interval for individuals, the fellowship program aims to serve as a resource for the nearby towns of Summer Lake and Paisley, and for all the communities of Lake County, by hosting free programs, educational activities, and open studios. Playa encourages its residents to engage with the local community through workshops, teaching, and various forms of volunteer outreach.
This Winter/Spring Playa took an interval of time to evaluate our Fellowship Residency program and to engage the multifaceted issue of sustainability for the long term. We are now preparing to move forward with Fellowship Residencies for Fall 2013 (by invitation only) and Winter/Spring of 2014 (open proposals). The newly tailored Fellowship Residencies will offer longer stays with increased self-sufficiency of residents. Details will be available on this website on or before June 1, 2013. Please check back then.
Contributing Residencies may have a wide scope and are open to all whose activities align with Playa’s mission, values, and purposes: literary, scientific, and artistic production, reflection, training, and research. The activities should align with one or more of Playa’s focus areas: the arts, literature, and the natural sciences. For workshops, working groups, and symposia, overnight lodging can accommodate up to 12 singles or 23, if doubles. Individuals and groups interested in Contributing Residencies will find guidelines, fees, and a description of the application process under the Contributing Residency tab.
About once a month, Playa|Presents offers a free lecture, film, workshop, or open studio tour.
Playa’s 35–acre property includes six fully equipped and spacious cabins, two fully equipped live/work studios, three studio/research spaces, a large open shed, and outdoor field-research areas. Access to most facilities is barrier-free.
The Commons, a central gathering building, has a communal kitchen, dining room, fireplace room, and two adjacent spaces for presentations, projects, or dance. The Commons also houses Playa’s office, laundry facilities, and an outdoor terrace. As the central gathering space, the Commons offers Internet, a landline telephone, a developing library, communal recreation area, and space for food preparation and dining.
The grounds, bordering the Summer Lake playa, include a large pond, wetlands, grass fields, walking paths, and an organic garden.
Playa is located in rural Lake County at 47531 Highway 31, Summer Lake, Oregon 97640. Details on the Location page. (Do not use google maps.)
The telephone is 541-943-3983.