Application Deadline Approaching for Centrum's Creative Residency Program

"I think Centrum is as close to a perfect writers' retreat as one is likelyto find anywhere..completeisolation in a beautiful, quiet environment close to nature. No phone, noe-mail, no doorbell to ring, nojunk mail. Bliss!" - Former Creative Resident Bren
The application deadline is approaching for Centrum's 2001 Creative Residency Program in Port Townsend. Artists and creative thinkers interested in reflection and intensive creative work at a peaceful site on the tip of the Quimper Peninsula at Fort Worden State Park Conference Center are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2000.

"Centrum's residencies are unique because they allow the artist or creative thinker to explore new territory if they wish, and to do so in a beautiful 445 acre park," said Larry Harbison, Centrum's Director of Arts Program.

Past residents have represented a diversity of disciplines, including dance, visual art, theater, writing and music. Centrum encourages other creative thinkers to apply, such as scientists, philosophers, architects and more.

"Centrum encourages proposals that address a wide range of activities by artists and creative thinkers," said Harbison. "A clear concept about what the applicant would like to do at Centrum helps inform the selection process."

Housing options for residents include five modest cabins and three simple apartments. Resources available include dance rehearsal spaces, a 280-seat theater for public performances (Joseph F. Wheeler Theater), poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press, a commercial audio recording studio on-site (Synergy Sound) and a visual arts print center with a 30" American-French etching press. "The print center is well known because of the quality of the press," Harbison commented.

Centrum residents have the opportunity to engage with the community and other artists in outreach activities, or to spend their time more reflectively. Residencies may be requested for individuals or groups engaged in the same project. Available times are from January 1 - December 31, 2001. June, July and August are generally not available due to the intensity of Centrum's summer programming. Stipends are available for six Seattle area artists in any discipline funded by PONCHO. Last year over $2,000 was granted to Seattle artists. Centrum's Creative Residencies are funded through the nonprofit organization's general operating budget, with support from PONCHO, the Washington State Arts Commission and individual donors. For more information about this or other Centrum programs, call (360) 385-3102, or visit the Centrum website.