the mutual aid residency

applications open
May 1, 2020

open call closes June 1, 2020

The next residency program
runs September 2020
Activation is the mutual aid residency we all need. The residency is designed to activate the practices of queer and trans Black and Indigenous artists and practitioners through the formation of care webs, enhancing access for all. Care webs because burnout and compassion fatigue are real. Collective because the quality of care increases when we meet needs together. When our needs are met, we are more likely to thrive.

Mutual aid because we take care of us. We work to build survivable social structures by horizontally and collectively giving and receiving care. Our collective care is our responsibility.

activate your practice in

interdisciplinary arts 
body work
care work 

permanent location coming soon :)
Upstate, New York

2018, 2019 

Activation operated out of a bucolic 12 acre property in Woodridge, NY. The Outlier Inn has a main house, a barn and shop, a bungalow, a cottage, a geodesic dome, an outdoor kitchen, two guest houses, 2 pastures, 2 tiny houses, woodfired cedar hottube, a vegetable garden, a trailer, two recording studios, and a pond.

The geodesic dome makes every sonic experience special. The space hosts up to 200 and comfortably sleeps 60.


Activation’s first access informed permanent location opens fall 2020 in Upstate, NY. Sprawled out on 7 acres of land is a geodesmic dome, a refined wood sauna, a spheric windowed single story main house haning over a body of water, a hydroponic farm, a recording studio, 3 micro homes, 2 creative labs, a boutique, a resource center, a natural spring, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor bathhouse, an outdoor movement studio, and a pasture.

This property hosts up to 100 and sleeps 30.

Donate now!

we take care of us