Monday, August 18, 2008

Nebraska City Is a Great Place for a Residency

The KHN Center for the Arts is a wonderful place for a residency (as long as you’re not afraid of the Midwest). I enjoyed my two weeks there, writing hard and hanging around the small town of Nebraska City, learning what “red beer” is, staring off at the historical marker that noted where the wagon trains embarked on their westward journey after provisioning up, listening to train whistles at night, and watching the kids at the school across the street practice lining up for graduation. I also admired the western wear at what was, I believe, billed as the “world’s largest western wear store in the world.” All this and one of the most fabulous steaks I’ve ever eaten! (Mmmm…I also remember some amazing tamales as a special at the tiny Mexican restaurant three blocks away.)

If this appeals to you, the deadline for the next round of residencies is coming up: September 1, 2008. Details are below and on the web site:

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to fifty juried residencies per year to working artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are awarded to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts or arts education scholars. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of disability, sex, age, race, religion, or national origin.

Residencies are available for two-, four-, six-, or eight-week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio.

The Center can house up to five artists at any given time. Artists interested in applying can learn more by reading the information provided here regarding the facility and the local setting.

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