Artists At Work | Hancock Shaker Village
ARTISTS AT WORK (AAW) — a program that pairs artists with cultural hubs and community partners. I am thrilled to be an Artist-in-Residence at Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, MA) partnering with Camphill Village (Copake, NY). AAW is organized by THE OFFICE Performing Arts + Film and FreshGrass Foundation.
Inspired by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, ARTISTS AT WORK (AAW) is a new program designed to give artists resources to continue to produce work during the immediate health and economic crisis brought by COVID, and to build new structures and partnerships that will help to sustain the creative sector in a post-pandemic America. Conceived in collaboration with the FreshGrass Foundation as a public/private partnership that combines government, corporate, and foundation support, AAW is a WPA for the arts reimagined into a modern context that is sensitive to the 21st century landscape (now drastically changed) of every artistic discipline’s place in the culture.
During my residency (7/2020 — 12/2020), working from my studio in the Hired Men’s Shop, I will explore the colors that Shakers used in architecture, furniture, objects and textiles. Concurrently, we (HSV, Camphill Village and myself) are working on a collaborative project by exchanging art materials by mail.