WHAT IS A CENTRUM CREATIVE RESIDENCY?
Centrum’s Artist Residency Program was established in 1980 as a resource for artists and creative thinkers of all genres. We are located on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Fort Worden State Park, which is nestled in the Victorian seaport and arts community of Port Townsend.
Noted for its community wide support of arts and culture, Port Townsend is an ideal place for the kind of self directed retreats enjoyed by successful residency applicants. Residency projects can be focused on a single genre or be a multidisciplinary undertaking, and might be the creative work of an individual or encompass the collaborative work of a group. In partnership with Washington State Parks, Centrum is able to offer an opportunity to selected artists to live and work in this breathtaking setting at a significantly reduced cost.
HOW AND WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE A RESIDENCY?
Residencies are scheduled year-round, on a space available basis. To apply, contact Residency Program Manager Jordan Hartt at jhartt(at)centrum.org or 360.385.3102, x131.
WHAT IS THE DURATION AND COST OF A RESIDENCY?
Residencies are scheduled in week-long blocks, and can start on any day of the week. The minimum stay is one week; the maximum stay is eight weeks. The weekly residency fee of $400 includes the Washington State Lodging tax, helping to support arts and culture in our communities. Centrum does not provide meals or transportation; plan to take care of these yourself.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE?
You will be provided with a private living space on the Grounds of Fort Worden State Park. These modest, yet comfortable, 2 or 3 bedroom cabins and apartments are supplied with linens, as well as a kitchen equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, eating and cooking utensils, dishes, pots, and pans. There is also a coin-operated laundromat near the Centrum office building that you may use in the afternoons. The on site Cafe is opened from June 1st through Labor day weekend.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME WHILE IN RESIDENCE?
This is your time, and we hope you will use it to engage fully in your work. Residents are encouraged, though not required, to think of ways to engage the community in their work.
IS STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE?
Most dwellings have small areas that are a suitable work space. For a small additional fee Centrum can provide larger studio space if available. Please let us know what you will need, and we will check on availability.
IS THERE INTERNET AND OTHER SERVICES?
There is no Internet access available in your dwelling, but there is Wi-Fi reception in or near the Commons Bldg and in Bldg 205. We do not supply computers or printers for your residency, so please plan on being self sufficient with regard to your technical needs. There are no telephones in the dwellings, but your cell phone will work in many areas of the park.
CAN I RECEIVE MAIL AND PACKAGES?
The Post Office does not deliver to our door, so we ask that you don’t ship parcels and boxes via the Postal Service. You may have letters sent to your name care of Centrum at PO Box 1158.
Package delivery services will deliver directly to our office, and you may send supplies for your residency via UPS, FEDEX, DHL. Please use our physical address for all parcel deliveries:
Your name c/o Centrum, Fort Worden
223 Battery Way Port Townsend WA 98368
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Click the links below for two excellent shuttle options.
For Google Maps enter this destination: 223 Battery Way Port Townsend WA 98368
You may also get here using public transportation. It is a lengthy process with transfers.
DO I NEED A CAR?
It is very helpful to have a car. The public bus line connects our campus to shopping and sightseeing in downtown Port Townsend, but service is limited and doesn’t run at night.
CAN I BRING FAMILY, FRIENDS, PETS?
Our residencies are a place for artists and creative thinkers to focus on their work without distractions. It is not appropriate to bring your friends and/or family to a Centrum Creative Residency unless they are here as artists in residents in their own right. Pets are not allowed.