Our programs are based on the ancient Indian principle of Satyam, Shivam, Sundram. We believe that Satyam -- following inner bliss and seeking truth; Shivam -- doing good to the community, self and environment; Sundram -- seeking beauty and sensitivity, guide the manifestation of creative consciousness. In general, one of these qualities is dominant in each individual and if a person develops one, the others will follow. Truth is goodness and goodness is beauty, thus, all three are one. Our programs are meant to create an environment that fosters awareness and encourages individuals to recognize, express and connect with these qualities within themselves and in their creative process.
A residency can provide much needed time away from your normal environment and routine. You are encouraged to develop your work based upon your Indian experience and inspiration. The Village offers residency programs to emerging, mid-career and established artists. We offer an artist-in-residence program, full and partial fellowships. Residencies are offered for all major creative disciplines (visual, performing, literary, healing arts) and we also welcome professionals, researchers and scholaRs New to our fellowship program is the Social Development Fellowship for individuals seeking first-hand experience of voluntary development work or academic social research in India. Upon successful completion of our residency programs, a Global Arts Village Certificate of Residency is presented.
Residents choose from shared, standard or duplex accommodations and are provided with work studio space, three vegetarian meals per day and self-service laundry facilities. Specific requirements, benefits, conditions and additional information are outlined within the program and facility descriptions.
India is a complex country, a land full of contrast, beauty and surprises. 90-day residencies have been the most popular as it gives enough time to absorb the Indian experience, travel and create work.
All programs are subsidized, partially-funded or fully-funded. Although the use of the Village is provided free by the founder, the operating cost to run our programs averages $50 US per day. To make full use of the program and facilities, we require that 2/3 of the residency program be spent on-site because while residents are traveling, their space is not being utilized, thus depriving other artists the opportunity to utilize these facilities.
Selection Procedure: Applications are reviewed by a panel and selection is based upon your current body of work, *project description, and motivation for your desire to develop your art, project, and/or work in India. (*Considered for those candidates who need to provide a specific project prior to arrival. See Project Description below)
*Project Description: India will inspire and motivate you in different ways than you ever could have imagined prior to coming here and so we ask for project descriptions to be submitted after your arrival at the Village. You are highly encouraged to develop your work based upon your Indian experience and therefore, we ask for a project description as follows: 45-day residencies: two weeks after arrival, 90-day residencies: within one month after arrival. Project descriptions are accepted prior to arrival with your application, in case it is required for a special project, commission or grant requirement.
For Social Development Fellowships, please indicate at the time of your application, the type of projects and organizations with whom you wish to work.
Creative Disciplines: We welcome applications from all creative disciplines including, but not limited to, the following areas:
Visual Arts: Visual arts residencies includes painting, drawing, illustration, design, studio ceramics, sculpture, photography, Ikebana, digital arts, land art, fiber arts, installation art, public art, art history, and architecture.
Literary Arts: Literary arts residencies are offered for novel writing, playwriting, creative writing, poetry, haiku, script writing, and journalism.
Performing Arts: Performing arts residencies are offered for actors, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, puppeteers, clowns, and mime-artists.
Healing Arts: Residencies in the healing arts are offered for individuals involved in yoga, meditation, massage, Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies, tai-chi, reiki, shiatsu, and reflexology.
Collaborative Arts: Residencies in collaborative arts are offered for artists working with another person, group, or institution combining areas of activity in visual arts, crafts, performance, healing arts and literature.
Professional Development: The Village offers seven types of professional development programs: Art Administrator, Grant-Writer in Residence, Residency Developer, Organizational Developer, Performing Arts Coordinator, Chef/Culinary Artist in Residence and Organic Farmer in Residence. See fellowship descriptions for detailed explanations.