How do artists experience the world? How do creative hearts respond to the Story of God? We believe this matters. The mission of the Cascadia Residency is to cultivate generative relationships between artists and ministry leaders who are mutually dedicated to the artistic renewal of our region and its churches.
We seek to inhabit the Story through a nine-month learning and working community of artists and church leaders. The program includes a series of short retreats and a two-week artist residency, allowing opportunities for theological education, vocational encouragement, art-making, and deep relationship for artists, church leaders, and entire congregations; and ultimately for the cultural and creative growth of our local communities.
Entering our fourth year now, The Cascadia Residency has been a place of artistic growth, theological development, and spiritual formation for twenty artists of multiple mediums, in the context of a multi-denominational community.
We invite all types of artists to apply - from visual artists to architects to singer-songwriters. The diversity of mediums in the program provides a rich opportunity for collaboration between artists and congregations.
The mission of the Cascadia Residency is most effectively embodied in the relationship between the artist and the local church. For this reason, all artists who apply must have a deep commitment to a local congregation or a desire to build such a relationship.
The important work of creativity in the church and in the world is centered on the work of Christ - in whom we live, and move, and have our being. We are, in fact, his hands and feet. Our artists must articulate this centrality of focus in their lives and work.
The Cascadia Residency seeks churches and ministry leaders who believe in the value of the creative arts for the flourishing of communities. No matter where your church may be on the spectrum of engagement with the arts, the churches we seek are ready to take risks by investing in a group of gifted, multidisciplinary artists.
Theological Education in the Arts
Practical Tools for Artistic Engagement in Worship and Church Life
Reconciliatory Relationships with Christian Artists in Your Community
Customized Consultation with Residency Curators to Develop Arts Programming in Your Church
Churches who are a part of the residency will support a regional artist financially, spiritually, and vocationally. A Church Liaison will be identified from each congregation to partner with the artist in conversation, learning, and fellowship throughout the nine-month period. Church liaisons and artists commit to to fostering community through day retreats, common readings, creative rhythms, spiritual practices, and sharing meals together; and to translating these experiences into their unique congregational settings.
Founded in Cascadia - AKA the Pacific Northwest - our Residency now offers opportunities for artists and churches to participate in cohorts in other regions. Our core curriculum remains the same for each iteration of the Residency, but can be contextualized to meet the particular regional-cultural needs of your group. The Residency is open to all artistic mediums and Christian denominations. Read below about how your region can become involved in the Cascadia Residency.
We continue to host Pacific Northwest-based cohorts of the Cascadia Residency. These cohorts run from September to May each year, and consist of 5-10 church/artist pairs. The experience involves quarterly day retreats based in the Seattle area, and a two week art-making residency in May at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA.
The cost for a church to participate in this cohort is $4500 and includes all curriculum, housing, food, and a $1500 stipend for the artist.
Are you interested in hosting a Cascadia Residency cohort in your area? We will provide the curriculum which can be contextualized to your region, as well as consulting to help get you started. A local cohort works best with three or more local church communities (three artist-church pairs) and a facilitator church that can take ownership of the program’s administration.
The cost for the curriculum and consulting to start a regional cohort is $1500 per church involved in the cohort. This includes unlimited access to curriculum, and our consultant’s travel and time to visit your region and assist your churches in getting the program off the ground.
Retreat costs and artist compensation are the responsibility of the local congregations.
Similar to the Local Cohort model, you may decide that you would like to host the Residency within your congregation, with multiple artists. We will provide the curriculum which can be contextualized to your region, as well as consulting to help get you started.
The cost for the curriculum and consulting to start an individual church cohort is $3000. This includes unlimited access to curriculum, and our consultant’s travel and time to visit your church and assist your congregation in getting the program off the ground.
Retreat costs and artist compensation are the responsibility of the local congregation.