where bodies and stars collide

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activationresidency@gmail.com
307 County Route 54
Woodridge, NY 12789
(929) 435 9841

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activation

is a mutual aid residency designed to activate the creative practices of underserved artists through access, collective care, and healing justice.

upstate
new york











about us
Our mission is to activate the creative practices of underserved artists through access, collective care, and healing justice. As a horizontally structured arts organization, we practice the formation of care webs to enhance access for all. Care webs because burnout and compassion fatigue are real. Collective because the quality of care increases when we care together. When our needs are met, we are more like to thrive.
open call
friday, may 1, 2020

applications close
monday, june 1,  2020
Activation 2020 programs run
september 3 - 6, 2020 
september 17 - 20,  2020

Let’s get activated.

Activation offers four magical days of healing justice programming, art making, resting, and giving and receiving care. The residency operates out of a bucolic twelve acre property in Woodridge, New York. The Outlier Inn is compmrised of a main house, a barn and shop, a bungalow, a cottage, a geodesic dome, an outdoor kitchen, two guest houses, twp pastures, two tiny houses, woodfired cedar hot tube, a vegetable garden, a trailer, two recording studios, and a pond.

The Outlier Inn’s intimate scale and unique layout make every performance at Activation exceptional. The geodesic dome provides immersive sonic experiences, while our workshops induce existential stimulation. The space’s state of the art facilities blur the lines between luxury and nature, encouraging deep and meaningful exploration. 

The residency responds to an incessant need for spaces that center marginalized bodies through collective care. At Activation, we believe that care work is the work. We believe in radical access as a means to dismantle ableism, capitalism, racism, classism, transphobia, homophobia, and hierarchy, materializing the future we need now.





We got options!

Activation’s Care Progam is designed for sick and disabled trans and queer Black and Indeginous creative practitioners. The participation package includes $250 stipend, 4 days of programming, meals daily, access to all amentities, lost of rest, personalized travel and lodging accomodation, commnity building, healing treatments, and more! The program runs Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20, 2020.

Activation’s Class Traitor Program is designed for creative practioners eager to use their class privelege to make Activation as accessible as possible. The participation package includes $250 stipend, 4 days of programming, meals daily, access to all amentities, lost of rest, personalized travel and lodging accomodation, commnity building, healing treatments, and more! The program costs sliding scale $750-$1,000 USD. The program runs Thursday, September 3, 2020 to Sunday, September 6, 2020.

paying people gets us off.


Justice pricing covers all participation costs and $250 stipends for low-income sick and/or disabled queer and/or trans Black, Brown, and/or Indigenous creative practitioners selected to participate. We invented justice pricing because justice takes practice.

To make justice pricing a reality, we need your help!

support the work!



Our partners in care are chakrubs, babetown, plant people, living well now, the nap ministry, green mountain energy, the free black women’s library, and the women’s center for creative work.


Activation is a residency and not a retreat or festival because we invite each participant to activate their practice.

Whether you have been painting for five years or dancing for two weeks, you are an artist. We sit, live in, and contemplate our work amongst our peers. We relax into the celebration of what it means to build upon an ethos of collective care.

Artists worldwid contribute a myriad of mediums, from performance art to poetry. Activation provides diverse and comprehensive healing curriculum. We acknowledge that healing can be deep, painful, beautiful, and does not require a set of rules. Yoga, meditation, and breath workshops are offered daily.

Exploring healing justice. Reimaging intimate gather. Beautifully curated performances and workshops. Brisk dips in the pond. Luxury camping. Cozy camp fires and stargazing. Steamy hot tub hangs and community dinners. All complemented by the Outlier Inn’s natural landscape.

Join us this September, and let’s get activated!