Centrum's Artist Residency Program was established in 1980 as a resource for artists and creative thinkers of all genres. 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 the Fort Worden PDA, Centrum is able to offer an opportunity to selected artists to live and work in this magnificent setting at a significantly reduced cost. Residents also have the opportunity to work with our campus partners Corvidae Press (a printmaking studio), Madrona MindBody Institute, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and Rainshadow Recording Studio (by prior arrangement). Copper Canyon Poetry press (a nationally acclaimed publisher of poetry, with an impressive list of award winning titles and authors) is also a resident on campus.
Port Townsend, Washington: United States
Centrum is located within Fort Worden State Park in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Noted for its strong support of arts and culture, Port Townsend is an ideal place for the kind of self-directed retreats enjoyed by successful residency applicants.
Residency Length: 1-6 weeks
Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 150
Application type: Open application
Collaboration: May apply as a team
Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
Additional eligibility information:
Centrum residencies are by application only and reviewed by a committee of Centrum staff and advisors. The committee looks for evidence of a commitment to a creative practice and the potential impact that a residency at Centrum might have. All disciplines and levels of artists are accepted. Writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, dancers, theater groups, scholars, curators, arts professionals, and interdisciplinary thinkers are all encouraged to apply.
For residencies between August-December 2019, the application window is Jan 1-April 30, 2019. Artists will be notified by May 31.
For residencies between January-June 2020, the application window is May 1-August 30, 2019. Artists will be notified by September 30, 2019.
Due to Centrum workshop and programming needs there are some blackout dates each year, such as mid-June through mid-August. For residencies between August-December 2019, the application window is Jan 1-April 30, 2019. Artists will be notified by May 31. For residencies between January-June 2020, the application window is May 1-August 30, 2019. Artists will be notified by September 30, 2019.
Past Residents & Quotes
“Centrum offers artists an extremely positive working environment where intense, concentrated work can be achieved... The site is one of immense beauty and openness, and I relished that peacefulness.”
— Susie Lee, Artist
Facilities & Services
Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
Charming and semi-rustic cabins and apartments contain private bedrooms and shared kitchens. Each 2-3 bedroom unit has a living room/dining room space, a fully equipped kitchen, and full bathroom. Artists are housed according to availability and individual working habits, preferences and needs. The modest, comfortable cabins and apartments are supplied with linens. Kitchens are equipped with stove, refrigerator, microwave, eating and cooking utensils, dishes, pots, and pans. There is a coin operated laundromat available in the afternoons. The on site Cafe and a Pub are open year-round.
Meals: No meals/food provided
Meals and groceries are the responsibility of the artists. We have excellent grocery stores and a natural food co-op very nearby. The public transportation system comes through the park, and will take residents to stores and the downtown waterfront area where many fine restaurants are located.
Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
Companions: Children allowed for full stay
For applicants who wish to bring children/caregivers, we are happy to make accommodations and simply ask for information about how you will arrange childcare to ensure a successful residency. Outside of assisting with childcare, partners and any other accompanying members must be part of a collaborative application. All other visitors can attend open studio and public resident events but cannot stay overnight.
Fort Worden State Park is a historic military facility that is being re-fitted for accessibility needs as funding allows. At this time some areas are Accessible. Please inquire for specifics.
Studios/special equipment: Music recording studio, Painting, Printmaking
Additional studio information:
Fort Worden State Park has many facilities available to Centrum residents. Some require a fee while others are free as space permits.
$450 per week; $50-$75 additional fee per week for studio space
Stipends / other support
Additional expectations / opportunities
In addition to our two or three bedroom cabins and apartments, Centrum has three studio spaces available to residents. Centrum residents also have the opportunity to work with Corvidae Press (a fully equipped non toxic printmaking studio), and Rainshadow Recording Studio (records music, poetry, and interviews). Other campus partners include Copper Canyon Press, Madrona MindBody Institute, Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Port Townsend Marine Science Center all located here at Fort Worden State Park. Residents wishing to work with these Centrum partners need to make arrangements directly with them. Please indicate your interest in your application materials so we may provide you with current information.
PO Box 1158 Port Townsend, Washington 98368 United States