betterArts Residency Info Now Available through New York Foundation for the Arts

Information about the 2012 betterArts residency program is now available through the New York Foundation for the Arts' website:

betterArts Residency
betterArts, Inc.
(Redwood NY)

betterArts residencies seek to provide an opportunity for creative exploration and growth to visual artists, writers, and musicians within the context of Better Farm's dynamic environment.
Located 10 miles from Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands, Better Farm is situated on 65 acres of property and offers an unparalleled rural living experience. There are two lakes within walking distance; an on-site pond; vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens; a 1400-square-foot Art Barn and gallery space for dance, choreography, painting, sculpture, and more; and a practice space for musicians. 

Food, all linens and towels, wireless Internet, on-site parking, and field trips are included in a low stipend we require of all residents. The environment is simple and communal. Residents are expected to cook for themselves (group cooking is common), and to do their share in maintaining the condition of Better Farm as well as its peaceful environment.

To that extent, betterArts residents are expected to interact and participate in the goings-on around the property (helping with farming, doing minor construction projects, helping with house chores, or assisting with other odd jobs). All those accepted for betterArts residencies are expected to work seriously—and to conduct themselves in a manner that aids fellow residents in their endeavors.  
The standards for admission are talent, desire to live and work at Better Farm, and a willingness to have a go at the Better Theory: a belief that each moment presents us with the opportunity for exponential personal growth. RESIDENCIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON A ROLLING BASIS WITHIN ONE MONTH OF RECEIVING YOUR APPLICATION.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.