Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Launches Weekend Retreat Residency Program

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The Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Weekend Retreat Residency Program provides opportunities for artists of all genres to create, live, and collaborate in the idyllic countryside of the Hudson Valley.

In addition to studio space, meals, and housing on our Hudson Valley campus, these weekends offer an extraordinary environment for cultural innovation and excellence.

Kaatsbaan Weekend Retreats are tailored to accommodate individual artists and small groups spanning various creative disciplines.

This new residency program offers affordable access to spacious studios and specialized workspaces for dancers, writers, visual artists, composers, musicians, and designers. Residencies are generously subsidized and include essential amenities such as individual, hotel-style rooms and healthy, locally sourced meals.

In its pilot year, the Weekend Retreat Residency Program takes place during three weekends:

January 19 – 21, 2024; February 9 – 11, 2024; March 15 – 17, 2024.

The magic and generosity of Kaatsbaan seeps into the process and the art. The care and space given to artists and art making is rare and a true gift . There aren't many places like Kaatsbaan, a dance dream. -
—Bobbi Jean Smith, Director, Choreographer and Dancer

Kaatsbaan was an integral part of my first days as Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company. Kaatsbaan provided the time and space to dive deeper during a moment that was quite vulnerable for us. We sincerely appreciate how important our residency there was.
—Dante Puleio, Artistic Director of Limón Dance Company

The creativity in a focused setting like Kaatsbaan differs from what happens in the city. You can leave all distractions aside and connect with your collaborators deeply and meaningful
—Roderick George, Artistic Director, kNoname Artist

The fee for a Kaatsbaan Weekend Retreat is $500 for an individual artist. Group fees begin at $500 for the first artist, adding $250 for each additional artist. Three studios are available for music, theater, and dance artists/ensembles. Each artist or group will have a minimum of 6 hours of studio time per day on Friday and Saturday between 9am and 9pm, and three hours on Sunday between 9am and 3pm. Additional shared access to studios may also be available. Additionally, three spaces are designated for individual artists such as writers, makers, painters, and composers. Each artist using these spaces has unlimited access.

The Dancers' Inn and Artist Gatehouse Apartments offer 20 guest rooms nestled within our expansive 153-acre campus. The organization's unwavering commitment to historic preservation and environmental conservation has safeguarded its extensive open spaces, pristine hayfields, lush woodlands, and inspiring vistas of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. The Dancers' Inn provides motel-style accommodations, bucolic views and private baths. Premium lodging in one of our two-bedroom Gatehouse Apartments is also available for a rate of $1000. These apartments offer additional privacy with en-suite kitchens and lounge areas

To apply for the Weekend Retreat Residency Program, please visit www.kaatsbaan.org/weekend-retreats. Early inquiries are strongly encouraged to secure your preferred dates.

About Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
The mission of Kaatsbaan Cultural Park is to provide an extraordinary environment for cultural innovation and excellence. As both an incubator for creativity and presenter of world-class artists in dance, theater, music, film, spoken and written word, and culinary and visual arts, Kaatsbaan provides artists with state-of-the-art dance studios, accommodations, an indoor theater, and outdoor stages. Sitting on 153 Hudson River-adjacent acres, Kaatsbaan is free of urban facilities' space and time constraints, allowing for exciting levels of artistic exploration, creative action, and achievement—just two hours north of New York City. Kaatsbaan Cultural Park is committed to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts as we aim to present, promote, and embrace programming that accurately reflects our society. We encourage a broadly diverse group of individuals to participate in our programs and join our Board and Staff, and insist on being inclusive of all peoples regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, or physical or mental ability.


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