2017 Artists Retreat

The Creation 2016. Daniel Hibbert.

The Creation 2016. Daniel Hibbert.

The James Weldon Johnson Foundation is proud to partner with Bard College at Simon’s Rock to launch an artist retreat in the summer of 2017. Located on the expansive and beautiful 220 acre Simon’s Rock Campus, just up the hill from downtown Great Barrington, MA, artists will have the space and support to CREATE.

Studio space and living quarters will be provided by Simon’s Rock and artists will have access to James Weldon Johnson’s summer retreat, Five Acres, to find beauty, peace and inspiration. A short walk or bike ride from the artists living quarters, this sacred space includes James Weldon Johnson’s summer home and his writing cabin where he wrote some of his most famous works, God’s Trombones, and his autobiography, Along This Way.

Artists will be brought together with scholars and artists for lively discussions throughout the course of their stay. Artists will also have access to all that the Berkshires have to offer including the Aston Magna Festival at Simon's Rock, Tanglewood, multiple summer stock theatres and Jacob’s Pillow.

To find out more about the James Weldon Johnson Artists Retreat and to apply, please email jill@jamesweldonjohnson.org.