About our programs
Open to artists, thinkers, writers, scientists, artisans, designers, magicians, earth beings committed to research, practice, and openness to discover.
Gracia hosts one resident or two collaborators at a time in our home located near Antigua Guatemala.
Collaborators are welcome to apply together. Please fill one application and specify there would be two residents during your stay. At this moment we are able to offer 1 room so collaborators will have a shared room.
We look forward to learning more about your work!
Please read all the information below & our about page before applying.
OPEN CALL. NO DEADLINE.
Applying is free.
All applications are considered on a rolling basis and will be notified up to two weeks after submitting.
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.
April – August is the most popular travel time in Antigua so lots happening around town.
To all applicants: the house is located near Antigua, it is a short 10 min. drive from town. The distance is to ensure the residents have their own space for projects. Please make a mental note of this quality of the experiment before applying.
You can apply up to a year in advance of your desired dates.
We cannot accept applications if your desired program dates are less than a month from your application submission.
Gracia Residency Program
Residents work independently on proposed project or research. This program is focused on your creative practice and all the ways it can manifest. The program is 11 days, 10 nights.
General orientation, research assistance and guidance towards local resources are available throughout the residency by our project manager, Guatemalan artist Mafer Hernández. Residents meet one-on-one with project director Mafer at the beginning and end of their stay to define plans for / reflect on their time at the residency.
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.
Applicants are encouraged to consider how their work or research will interact with Antigua & Guatemala as a place, community and culture, and to reflect on their role and responsibility as a an artist or researcher learning and working in a new location.
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.
You will have full access to common spaces, a private room & shared bath, non-perishable food pantry, and a private deck / studio with a table, basic materials and wall space.
Cost 10 days: $650/person. ($575/person for co-applicants sharing a room)
About our fees
We are a small independent arts program and do not receive external funding support. Residency fees are priced to cover overhead costs. 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.
50% deposit due upon confirmation of attendance. Final deposit will be due two weeks before the program. Deposits are non-refundable.
We offer a 50% scholarship to one SFAI student, alum, teacher, staff each session. This scholarship is only available for the Gracia 10 day residency program. If you want to be considered please send us an email from your SFAI email with your name and the email you applied with. Email us here. Update: 2019 scholarship has been awarded.
Antigua Guatemala is one of the largest tourist destinations in Guatemala. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and used to be Guatemala’s capital before Guatemala City. The house is 1-2 hours (depending on traffic) from La Aurora Airport and there are plenty of bus/taxi/uber options to get to Antigua. We offer free pick up on your arrival from Antigua to the house.
A small living room and dining room ‖ Kitchen & laundry ‖ Half bathroom
Gracia Resident Bedroom (with small balcony overlooking the garden) ‖ Shared bathroom with a bathtub ‖ Project Manager’s bedroom / office
Studio Deck to use as your studio in the patio ‖ Garden to keep creating (without harming the plants)
When Gracia Residency Studio is not in session it functions as an art loving Family vacation home.
Gracia is located near Antigua which is only a 10 min tuc-tuc drive away – we have a directory of tuc-tuc drivers numbers so you can call from the home phone and they will pick you up outside the colonia.
5 min walk to a convenience store and a small bakery.
Vegan Dinner is cooked every Sunday for all visitors.
We give access to a non-perishable food pantry to our 10 day program residents.
We suggest you do a shopping trip the day of your arrival.
Although this is our first experiment doing the residency we are here to help you in any way we can. This place exists for you and your practice to grow – it’s magic.
This is a space to ask questions and make sure everyone around you including yourself feels safe.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and check our FAQ.