As 2017 closes and we look to the horizon, we see the 2018 season ahead: new friends and partners to collaborate with, risks to take, and political waters to cross. In these interesting times, small grassroots projects seem more meaningful, more potent, and more critical for sustaining the spirit of creative risk for social change. We’re excited to continue our role of North Mountain participating in this process.

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Read on for some highlights of how we spent our time on North Mountain in 2017.

We changed how we refer to our project from ‘artist residency’ to simply ‘residency.’ We’ve found that the identifier ‘artist’ can be divisive and exclusionary, and is often reserved for those that have received expensive, formalized training. A primary mission of North Mountain is to be equitable, inviting, and open to all creative people. We have learned that being direct and explicit about our values served us well this year in drawing together the inventive, thoughtful, and engaged people that make our work so fulfilling.

Photo credit: Ray Carrington (1Hood Media)

From May through October, we hosted four three-week individual sessions and three one-week collective sessions, with a total of 20 residents. Some highlights:

  • An electronic music producer composed new material for her upcoming album release.
  • A casket designer invented new ecological burial rituals.
  • A hip-hop activist media group collaborated on new tracks.
  • A food writer focused on political eating in her watershed’s region for a book.

Visit our news page to read more about our residents who put their shoulders to their respective wheels at North Mountain Residency during 2017.

Photo credit: Katrina Brees

We collaborated with Shepherd University, the nearby liberal arts university, to host the multi-skilled artist, casket designer, and parade producer Katrina Brees. Katrina organized community workshops to empower locals to design their own funeral rituals, and installed her first solo show in Shepherd’s Phaze II Gallery. Her line of eco- and ‘ego’ friendly fabric caskets and gurneys turned the gallery into a funerary showroom. Read more about Katrina’s work and NMT’s collaboration with Shepherd.

Photo credit: Anne Mailey

The farm dogs, Ruth and Paisley, have found it both functional and fashionable to don winter wear during these cold months on the mountain. Reflective and resilient, their florescent orange reminds us of the warm summer months that lie ahead.

Happy holidays and spirited blessings for the new year from us all.

The North Mountain Residency team (John, Susanna, Anne, and Francis)