Applicants, before applying we recommend you read our residency guidelines

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 Applicants, before applying we recommend you read our RESIDENCY GUIDELINES to see if Grin City is the right fit for you.  There you can read about how we structure our day and what amenities are available in our facilities.


Applications must be complete, partial applications will not be considered for admittance.


Please submit the following to Residency Coordinator, Molly Rideout, via email:

  • This application form (saved as a pdf)

  • Letter of intent. A letter explaining why you are interested in Grin City. Explain what you will bring to the community, and what you hope to gain from your experience.

  • Letter of recommendation (optional). One letter of reference by someone unrelated to you. Examples of references include but are not limited to: a professor, a supervisor, or a co-worker.

  • CV (including volunteer experience)

  • $25 application fee.  Payable online on our website, by cash or check.  Checks should be made out to "GAAC" and sent to: c/o Molly Rideout, Grin City Collective / GAAC, P.O. Box 657, Grinnell, IA 50112

  • Work sample/website. Send a creative work sample of no more than 10 images, 15 pages, or 10 minutes of video. Files must total under 10MB or be sent in multiple emails. Or send us relevant links such as to your website.  It is recommended you upload videos to a web-streaming site such as YouTube.

General Information


Home Address:




I am applying in the following discipline(s):

☐writing ☐performance ☐visual ☐other:___________________________


To which session are you applying?

Summer Emerging Artist Residency (4 week)

Deadline: March 11, 2013
First Session: June 16 – July 13, 2013

Second Session: July 21 – August 17, 2013

Residents receive a $100 stipend upon completion of residence.
Additional Information


How did you learn about Grin City?


Are there any additional questions, concerns, or item of note of which you wish to inform us, including accessibility needs?



Residency program descriptions:



Join the collective for 2 weeks to 5 weeks of art making and community work. Residents perform social outreach in the heartland of rural Iowa for 3 afternoons a week and receive creative space, housing, and a collaborative work atmosphere.

Grin City seeks applications from artists of all disciplines at all stages in their career.

Residents receive housing and private studio space and join in the group community outreach three afternoons a week. This includes working around the farm, tending to the garden, helping out with Studio 4 and Studio 6 after school arts programs and helping prepare community meals.  The rest of the time is theirs.


During the summer, Grin City invites ten to twelve college-aged writers, visual or performance artists for one of two month-long sessions. Those eligible for the Emerging Artist Residency are juniors or seniors in college at the time of application. Must be 21 years of age. Applicants from Iowa colleges and universities are given special consideration.

Residents are required to work in the garden two mornings a week. Residents' rent and food are free and they are provided housing, a private studio, and a $100 stipend for their stay. 

Their residency culminates in a gallery show and sale at the Grinnell Arts Center. 

Ideal candidates have a strong portfolio and are serious about pursuing a career in their field for which they are applying, but do not need to have majored in it. They embrace artistic and work-based collaboration, and have an interest in community engagement. Interest in local foods and/or agriculture is a plus, but is by no means required. 

Grin City Collective, P.O. Box 657, Grinnell, IA 50112 | Residency Coordinator, Molly Rideout | 641-236-3203  |

Grin City Collective, a subdivision of the Grinnell Area Arts Council, is dedicated to fostering new types of creative thinking and social impact for artists and non-artists alike.

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