555 Rural Artist Residency
555 is our pilot artist residency program, hosting 5 artists for 5 days in 5 Shelton Huts on the Blue Sky Center campus. The pilot will take place April 2018, in collaboration with citizen artist and residency facilitator Mary Welcome, with generous support from the Santa Barbara Office of Arts & Culture and the Squire Foundation. Blue Sky’s Shelton Huts are unique mobile shelters designed and built by father-daughter duo Jeff and Mattie Shelton and are available to host individuals from around the world to engage in creative placemaking in our small rural town. The pilot will bring together five artists to make work in, about, and with New Cuyama. Our aim for the projects is that they help to create meaningful dialogue, socially vibrant spaces, and equitable partnerships in the Cuyama Valley. In the spirit of rural-urban exchange, the residency will culminate in a July exhibition in Santa Barbara, where artists will share their work and experiences during the residency. We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed participating artists for the 2018 pilot and look forward to working with them this spring.