Ma’s House’s Artist-In-Residency program is open to US-based creatives of color working in any genre of visual art, creative writing, and performance arts.
We encourage resident artists to pursue work that relates to Shinnecock’s history, the local landscape, community based work, and critical engagement in issues of diversity, race, and identity.
The Ma’s House Artist Residency is open to national and international BIPOC artists 21+ years of age. A variety of disciplines are accepted including, but not limited to: visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, literature, interdisciplinary arts, and music composition. Solo artists or collaborative groups (up to three people) are welcome to apply.
Applicants will be chosen based on project proposals, artistic merit, feasibility/logistics of the residency, and how the artist will benefit from working at Ma’s House and Shinnecock.
Residencies will be scheduled by mutual agreement between accepted resident artists and Ma’s House year-round.
Residencies can be a minimum of a weekend and a maximum of one month. Artists from federally recognized tribes may apply for up to six months.
Residents will be required to participate in a minimum of one public program during their stay (open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures, or artist talks).
Engaging with Shinnecock artists, east-end artists, and local art institutions is strongly recommended.
There will be no fee to apply or fee to attend.
At this time, we are unable to provide grants or stipends for resident artists. Residents will be responsible for living expenses including food, travel to Ma’s House, and production expenses.
Ma’s House is located in a quiet and remote part of the Shinnecock Reservation. Applicant artists should expect a retreat-style residency.
Ma’s House & BIPOC Artist Residency is located on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, a sovereign self-governing nation in Southampton, NY.
The residency presents a privilege of being a guest of the nation. We ask that you be respectful to our community by respecting the privacy and space of others on the reservation and to not wander alone through the territory.
Ma’s House is located on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, NY (about two hours from NYC).
Resident artists traveling from NYC have the option of using the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Hampton Jitney, or drive with their own vehicle. We can arrange for pickup and drop off at the train station or bus stop in Southampton.
It is highly recommended, but not necessary, to have a car or bicycle of your own. At this time, we are unable to provide a car or bicycle for resident artists. Uber, Lyft, and car rentals are available nearby.
Ma’s House will make available woodworking tools, but currently has minimal ability to supply art supplies.
Ma’s House is a year-round residency. You can apply any time and residents are welcome year-round.
At the moment, Ma’s House can host up to one artist at a time in residence. We encourage resident artists to invite collaborators for day trips and assistance in public performances but cannot allow for overnight stays at Ma’s House.
The founding artist, Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) lives in the house year-round and acts as the house keeper.