Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is there an application fee?
WLAR began as and remains a labor of love. Funds raised through the application fee directly contribute to the stipend provided to artists-in-residence and assists in the future expansion of resources made available on-site. The fee to apply
is $10 until 3/29 11:59 MT, for the final 48 hrs before the deadline the fee increases to $20.
Do you accept applications for collaborative projects?
Yes. If applying as a collaboration please submit a single application with work samples that reflect previous collaborations from the project. If the collaboration is newly formed, submit work samples from each individual collaborator. (Please keep in mind that collaborative residents must share the same accommodations of cabin & bed.) Collaborative applicants may also submit a separate solo application as well, but must also pay an additional application fee.
Can I bring my children, partner and/or pets?
No. The basic premise of the residency is that the artist is freed of their usual responsibilities and distractions, offering a deeper focus on their work. The rustic and primitive nature of the residency site also makes it potentially dangerous for
children and animals.
Is there Internet access available?
No. There are public libraries with computer access within a 15 minute drive in El Rito, Abiquiu and Espanola.
Is there cell phone reception?
Possibly (but unlikely). However, there is a landline telephone available for residents to use.
Do I need a car?
If financially able to do so, it is highly recommended that residents consider renting a car as it greatly expands their ability to explore the area.
If I arrive by plane, bus or train can transportation to the site be provided?
Yes, if a resident is unable to provide a car for themselves arrangements will be made for them to be transported to and from Santa Fe. (If flying into Albuquerque there are several public transportation options to get you to Santa Fe.) Occasional opportunities to catch a ride into town for supplies will also be possible throughout your stay.
Will I be uncomfortable?
WLAR is located in a rugged, off the grid environment on private land which utilizes composting toilets and solar power. There are also 26 concrete steps to access the hilltop location of the private cabin. Please take this into consideration when applying.
Cooking / Groceries?
Residents are provided with a fully functioning kitchen space which includes a full-sized stove/oven, refrigerator, sink and an assortment of utensils/plates/cups/etc. If needed, transportation to gather groceries is available, however residents are expected to purchase and cook all of their own meals.