Gracia is a multi-disciplinary residency in the outskirts of Antigua Guatemala offering a platform for creative experiments and space for togetherness.

The residency hosts artists and non-artists across all fields to support research, conversation and connection surrounding creative work, process and purpose.

The program is focused on your creative practice and all the ways it can manifest.

Residents work independently on proposed project or research.

Residents are also encouraged to do nothing, to rest, to not work. To read one book slowly. Or go into town everyday and explore. You may design this residency however you wish.

Gracia provides residents with general orientation to Guatemala, research assistance and guidance towards project development and local resources.

*Open to artists, thinkers, writers, scientists, artisans, designers, magicians, earth beings committed to research, practice, and openness to discover.



Residents that come to Gracia stay at la luna, a private bedroom with high ceilings and a balcony situated on the second floor of the house. It has a shared bath slightly outside the room. On the first floor, residents have a private garden studio, access to kitchen, and common spaces.

Program length is 10 days. Please contact us if you are interested in a longer program.

Supplied by Gracia:

– Optional planning call one month prior to residency

– Housing with amenities & wifi

– Initial meeting and orientation to Antigua

– Assistance with research development, local introductions and navigation of the area

– Access to a private workspace in the residency house (outdoor pergola with roof)

– Access to kitchen and pantry with basic cooking items, tea & coffee

– Transportation to the residency house from Guatemala City airport upon arrival and departure

Gracia is:

A restful, comfortable and quiet space.

Considerate of our residents needs. We are flexible and listening.

Open to all beings from all races, all religions, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all genders, all abilities.


We encourage innovative and varying interests, projects and research topics.

Applying is free. To apply, fill in this form.

We look forwards to learn more about your work & process! Contact gracia.residency@gmail.com with any questions.


10 days residency: $450 (program + housing) / $350 per person for two collaborators (program + shared housing)

Partners pay the collaborators fee.

50% deposit due upon confirmation of attendance. Final deposit will be due one month before the program. Deposits are non-refundable.

Contact gracia.residency@gmail.com for more information. We are happy to work with accepted residents on varying payments plans and installments.

Please make a mental note of this quality of the program before applying:
* The house is located near Antigua (in Jocotenango), it is a 15 min. chicken bus ride into the main parts of town. 
** We host one resident or two collaborators (w/ shared room) at a time.
*** We assist with project development and research as much as possible to create a platform of support, conversation, reflection, and accessibility. That said, all needs and desires are not always possible to access and the primary work does lie in the hands of resident themselves.

You don’t need to be an artist or a creative person to apply – that language may appear but please let it be clearly known ANY person working or not working in ANY FIELD or profession or practice is ENCOURAGED to apply.




Gracia was started by me, Mafer Hernández. I’m an artist from Guatemala City who recently moved back from San Francisco, CA. I live at the residency space throughout the program. As most artists, I wear a lot of hats – making art, working at a local cafe, organizing Gracia, facilitating workshops, and whatever pops up that intrigues me. 

Antigua Guatemala — as a place, community and culture — lies at the heart of the residency. We work closely with individuals and organizations in the area to encourage cross –cultural education, inspiration and personal exchange within each discipline and project in hopes of developing a broader and more engaging creative dialogue across countries, cultures and fields of research. Antigua Guatemala is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We are a small independent arts program and do not receive external funding support. Residency fees are priced to maintain sustainability of the program. For interested applicants and accepted residents in need of funding assistance, we suggest looking into outside resources such as Artadia, Foundation for Arts Initiatives, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Jerome Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Grants, Aaron Siskind Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Sustainable Arts Foundation, The Awesome Foundation, and Kickstarter. We are happy to provide letters of invitation or other documents of support.



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