Art Residencies

There are no full residencies being offered for the 2024 season. Artists are welcome to stay in the collaborative dorms on a per night basis, and more information on making reservations coming soon. Drop-ins allowed!


Though we typically offer two week residencies, full season (Late April to Early October) are prefered and get reserved first. Rate for this period is $800 and includes electric, wifi, water and sewer.  Deadline to apply for a full season residency is February 10th.  Note: These residencies are different from LCH


How to Apply: Acceptance into any two-week art residency requires a written letter of intent describing what work do you propose to do while an artist-in-residence, with higher priority given to those that will contribute to the Olive Street and/or Lakewood Theater community. The deadline for submission of an application is March 10th prior to the spring you wish to attend, April 10th prior to the summer, or July 10th for autumn attendance.  Notification of your acceptance into a residency session will be made within 30 days of receipt of your application.

Following notification of your acceptance into a residency, you will receive a commitment form which must be signed and returned within 14 days along with a deposit check for $XXX.  This deposit holds your reservation as artist-in-residence and will be deducted from the cost of your residency.**  It also serves as a commitment on your behalf to attend, and therefore is not refundable.

The total cost to attend a two-week program (which includes lodging & studio space) is $XXX for summer residencies, $XXX for spring or autumn residencies.  Payment in full must be received no less than 15 days prior to your scheduled begin date.  Travel costs & arrangements, as well as the cost of art supplies are the responsibility of the artist.

Very much like the nearby Skowhegan School of Art, there isn't any prepared instructional content to the program and each resident's time is their own to use freely. Our hope is that some resident's may choose to offer talks and/or workshops regarding their mediums or techniques, but it is not required.

The sleeping arrangements in the residences themselves are mostly dormitory style, and occasionally co-ed. For this reason we ask all applicants to be 18 years or older at the time of their stay.

The summer season follows that of the theater, being mid-May to mid-September. Spring is mid-April to mid-May, and autumn is mid-September to mid-October.

Please send your letter of intent to: The Olive Street Project c/o Dawnella Sutton PO Box 51 Edgecomb, Maine 04556

**Know that we are not in this to make money, but need to at least break even on our expenses for the project to continue. If we make capacity your rent will indeed be spread the word! One of our goals is to be self-sustaining, and a portion of any fees we are always open to bartering for goods or services. Please also see blog post "The How of Making it Work"

The cottages all have kitchens and meals are on your own, with the exception of occasional continental style breakfast delivered to your accomodations, and volunteer prepared lunch & dinners in the community kitchen at the Lodge (18 Olive Street)

All guest cottages On Olive Street provides one set of linens per bed, and set of towels for your convenience upon arrival, but you are asked to provide any extras you may require. Guests are responsible for all laundry and cleaning during their stay.