North Mountain Residency is a residency program that supports creative practices by encouraging research, conversation, and risk-taking. We are located on 400 acres of Appalachian mountainside in West Virginia, not far from Washington, DC. Residents are provided comfortable studio and living space, access to forest and apple orchards, research assistance, and small group critiques. While on site, residents are encouraged to engage in the ecologies and cultures of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. We invite applications from individuals and small groups working in all types of creative practices.
North Mountain hosted the ILSSA Group Residency, an opportunity for self-study, exploration, and redirection. Inspired by feminist sociologist Kathi Weeks, ILSSA organizes this group residency “not so that we can have, do, or be what we already want, do, or are, but because it might allow us to consider and experiment with different kinds of lives, with wanting, doing, and being otherwise.” As Weeks suggests, the ILSSA Group Residency is an example of “collective autonomy,” offering “freedom as the time and space for invention.” (more…)