Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency

A residency for artists, writers, and musicians to develop work around environmental issues.

Are you an artist looking for a meaningful residency in the quiet hills of Appalachia? Be a part of the Appalachian Forest Stewardship Residency. This residency will allow for reflection time and action time as you help restore Ohio’s forests.  The Appalachian Forest Art Residency is based on the idea that meaning is derived from that which we build with our hands.

Individuals or groups of 2-3 are encouraged to apply with projects that address issues around the relationship between humans and nature. In exchange for 12-16 hours/week volunteer hours the artist receives lodging, time and space to develop new work at no cost. There are no studio spaces per se—artists working in all media are encouraged to apply but the residency is more suited for reflection/ideation time rather than making large objects.

Terrain can be steep and applicants should expect physical work for up to four hours at a time. Residents are housed in the Beechcliff Retreat Center located 1.5 hours from Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.

 Read the Information Page here.

The residency is on pause in 2021 and will reopen in 2022. Please email lexie stoia (at) gmail (dot) com to be added to the email list

Donations can be made to directly support the Arts in the Arc. Click on the button below if you wish to donate, and include “FOREST STEWARDSHIP” in the notes section.

Photo of 2019 participants, hard at work and having fun, by participant Nate Larson
Photo of 2019 participants taking a hike by participant Emma Akmakdijan