betterArts seeks to provide an opportunity for creative exploration and growth to artists, writers, and musicians within the context of Better Farm’s dynamic environment.
Located in New York, 10 miles from Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands, Better Farm is situated on 65 acres of property offering an unparalleled rural living experience. There are two lakes within walking distance; an on-site pond; vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens; shop space; open-air sheds for pottery and painting; a multimedia room; and a practice space for musicians (recording equipment available for a nominal additional fee). Room and board, all meals, linens and towels, wireless Internet, on-site parking, movie nights, and field trips are included in a low stipend we require of all residents. The environment is simple and communal. Residents are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of Better Farm as well as its peaceful environment.
To that extent, betterArts residents are asked to interact and participate in the goings-on around the property; such as helping with farming or assisting at farmers’ markets; participating in art-related community outreach projects, helping with house chores, cooking, or assisting with other odd jobs. Additionally, 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.
Residencies are for two weeks, three weeks, or month-long periods. Basic facilities at Better Farm will be provided; but betterArts residents are expected to provide the majority of materials and equipment they would need for the production of their work.
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.
31060 Cottage Hill Road,
Redwood NY, 13679
phone: (315) 482-2536