Taleamor Park offers scheduled self-directed residencies and retreats from May through October and flexibly-scheduled off-season retreats from November through April.
On the fourth Thursday afternoon during the months of May through October, Taleamor Park hosts a public reception so that residents may share their work in open studios or installations, readings or lectures, exhibitions or performances.
If you are applying for a residency with a friend, spouse, or partner, each person must complete a separate application and indicate whether you want a queen bed, two singles, or separate rooms. The second person sharing one room has the option to pay the Tier 3 residency fee.
Taleamor Park is located on a scenic 375-acre farm with paths, ponds, woods, and crop fields. Residents live in a beautifully restored 1854 Italianate farmhouse. There are two bedrooms, one full bath, one kitchen, and a common room on each of the two floors. The entire first floor as well as the bedrooms on the second floor are air conditioned.
In addition, there are studio options in the farmhouse, the barns, and the other farm buildings. When you arrive, we will try to identify and configure a working space that will accommodate your needs.
Each resident will have a private bedroom with a writing desk and a reading chair. Bed and bath linens will be supplied. Kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans, eating and cooking utensils, and a few basic cooking supplies.
The internet has finally found its way to us in rural LaPorte County, so we are pleased to be able to offer free, if erratic, DSL WiFi.
The library is stocked with an eclectic selection of books, DVDs, and audio CDs.
At present, the farmhouse residence is not wheelchair accessible. However, if you require or prefer a room on the first floor, please let us know.
We share our environment with deer, wild geese and turkeys, groundhogs and mice, coyotes and insects, ticks and mosquito-eating bats.
Upon arrival the first Saturday afternoon, there will be a welcome orientation followed by a simple vegetarian evening meal provided by Taleamor Park. After the first evening, residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals, either individually or collaboratively. Wednesday evenings everyone is invited to contribute a dish for a potluck dinner held either in the loft or the farmhouse
During the growing season, residents may choose to help out with the weeding and watering of the garden and harvest fresh, organic produce, as available, throughout their stay.
WORK is LOVE IN ACTION
Residents are responsible for the general upkeep of their rooms and studio space during the duration of their stay.
Kitchen cleanup is expected after every meal. Bathroom cleanup is required after each use. Please leave the kitchens and bathrooms clean for the next person.
All residents will contribute two hours of work each week to help maintain the residence.
SUPPLIES and EQUIPMENT
Residents must provide all of their own supplies and special equipment. We recommend that you bring or ship any tools and supplies you may need.
The following basic studio equipment and supplies are available to all residents. Residents are responsible for replacing or repairing any equipment that breaks due to misuse or negligence.
- Work tables
- Sewing machine
- Basic hand tools
- Hand miter saw
- DVD player and monitor in common room
- Vintage iMac computer with MS Word
- B&W laser printer
- Plain, hand-printed, and paper-backed fabric suitable for painting canvas as well as for sewing
- Farm flotsam and jetsam for re-imagining
- Scrap wood and fallen timber
- Yoga and pilates mats, bolster, yoga ball (no straps or blocks)
- Roland HP-605 digital piano
Taleamor Park has a washing machine and dryer available for a nominal fee per use. Taleamor Park provides detergent. An outdoor clothesline and inside drying racks are available for eco-friendly and free-of-charge drying.
Summer sometimes can be hot and humid or cool and rainy, but are often warm and pleasant.
Spring and Autumn days are usually cool and beautiful, but sometimes chilly and damp.
Winter snow and ice can start in late October but climate change has made this a rare event.
January and February and possibly March sometimes see sub-zero temperatures.
WHAT TO PACK
- House slippers (outside shoes are NOT allowed in the house)
- A flashlight or headlamp
- Headphones or ear buds to listen to music
- Headphones or ear plugs if bothered by other people’s noise
- Boots and/or closed-toe shoes for hiking, working with equipment, and garden/farm work
- Clothes appropriate for the seasons including work clothes
- Sunscreen and non-toxic insect repellent
- Hat: sunhat for summer, warm cap for winter
- Swimsuit (optional, in case you find your way to Lake Michigan for a swim; farm ponds are not swimmable)
- Please do not use or bring anti-bacterial soaps as these are harmful to our septic system. Taleamor Park will provide hand, bath, dish, and laundry soaps.
If you wish to ship supplies prior to your arrival or to receive mail during your residency at Taleamor Park, please contact us for the shipping address.
RULES and REGULATIONS
Taleamor Park reserves the right to terminate any residency without refund as a result of a resident’s disregard for the guidelines outlined below.
- Residents must maintain standards of courtesy and decorum.
- Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
- Overnight guests are not permitted.
- Quiet hours are 10 PM-8 AM.
- Because individual studios and bedrooms are not sound proofed, we ask that you moderate volume or use headphones for listening to any music, radio, or DVDs.
- Residents must abide by all local, state, and federal laws.
- The use or possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol is prohibited.
- Firearms and other weapons are not permitted anywhere on the property at any time.
- Residents are responsible for the return of any borrowed equipment or books.
- The cost of repairing any damages incurred within bedrooms or studio space will be charged to the resident.
Due to health, allergy, and safety considerations, the following prohibitions must be observed in all buildings on the farmstead and anywhere on the farm property.
- No smoking
- No candles, incense, or open flames
- No pets
Taleamor Park offers assistants the opportunity to participate in residency development and maintenance by contributing work in exchange for residency fees. An assistant contributes fifteen hours of work each week. Taleamor Park especially seeks applicants who have experience in building maintenance and construction, gardening and groundskeeping, plant identification, park planning and construction, and website building and social media marketing. Assistants pay the $100 non-refundable deposit and cover the cost and preparation of their own meals.
During the months of May through October, one assistantship will be awarded for each month. Applications for assistantships are due February 15, 2017. Decisions will be sent by March 15, 2017.
OFF-SEASON RETREATS and RESIDENCIES
From November through April, Taleamor Park will accept applications for flexibly-scheduled retreats and residencies. Minimum residency length is ten nights. In case of snow or ice, the resident(s) will be required to maintain a clear path from the back door of the farmhouse to the plowed driveway. There may be as few as one and as many as four residents at any given moment, but Taleamor hosts live in a loft in an adjacent barn. Preference will be given to applications received six weeks or more before the start of a residency.
Assistantships are not available during the off-season, November through April, except under special circumstances. However, Tier 1, 2, and 3 residencies are offered at reduced off-season rates.
Contact us for further information regarding in- or off-season residencies or for inquiries regarding customized residencies of other lengths and times throughout the year.
Residency fees help to cover costs of lodging, studio space, utilities, and maintenance. Residents are responsible for the cost and preparation of their own meals.
Taleamor Park offers a tiered pricing structure in order to allow the broadest possible participation.
- Tier 1 covers our short-term costs plus contributes to our long-term expenses.
- Tier 2 covers our immediate costs.
- Tier 3 is a subsidized rate for those with significant financial need.
A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon Taleamor's acceptance of your application proposal. The remaining balance is due no later than one month before the start of your residency.
If you cancel more than one month before your start date, the residency fee, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, is 100% refundable. If you cancel your residency less than one month before your start date, 75% of your total residency fees will be refunded only if an alternate can be found to replace you. If an alternate cannot be found, there will be no refund of your fees. If you leave before the end of your residency, there will be no refund of your fees.
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