Golden Hosts Art Residency Forum
Golden Artist Colors hosted its first Upstate Regional Art Residency Forum in Columbus, N.Y. Sixteen representatives from 11 regional upstate New York art residency programs attended the May 20 session in an effort to collaborate with one another, share best practices and learn how best to resolve mutual challenges that confront the organizations and their programs. Forum participants also plan to visit one another’s sites in the future, helping to generate new ideas as some programs are still being developed and more clearly defined.
Mark Golden, CEO of Golden Artist Colors and Alliance of Artists Communities Board Member, organized the initiative in an effort to bring support to local art residency programs. “Our community is rich with art residency programs and tremendous leadership,” says Golden. “However, we can’t experience our greatest success by working in isolation. Bringing everyone together makes us exponentially stronger. I’m hopeful that what we’re doing will become a potential model for other Residency clusters throughout the U.S.”
Flannery Patton, director of Member Services at The Alliance of Artists Communities, joined the forum to help facilitate the regional meeting. The Alliance is an association of artist residencies around the world which advocates and supports those residencies that provide individual artists the time and space to explore, to take risks and create new works. Patton shares, “We are thrilled that the Upstate New York area has an incredible wealth of these residency resources to allow for this exciting exchange of creative ideas and insights regarding how to support one another’s efforts.”
Art Residency organizations represented at the forum included:
The agenda included tours of Golden Artist Colors and the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation Residence. Discussions focused on the group sharing insights on topics of developing strategic plans and tools to integrate the organizations into their communities. A tour of the Horned Dorset Colony Residence was in the afternoon followed by dinner at the Horned Dorset Restaurant.
For more information about this initiative, contact Alliance of Artists Communities at www.artistcommunities.org. To learn about Golden Artist Colors, visit www.goldenpaints.com. Details about the Sam & Adele Foundation Residence program can be found at www.goldenfoundation.org.