SPACE ON THE FARM wrote -
SPACE on Ryder Farm is an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, NY. SPACE on Ryder Farm creates an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and contributes to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest family-run organic farms on the East Coast.
Since its founding five years ago, SPACE on Ryder Farm has grown to become one of the premier artist residency programs in the country. Because of the hard work and dedication of an enormous network of supporters, volunteers, friends and family, SPACE is now a place where innovative artists, energetic activists, and critical collaborators come to do their most important work. In just five years we’ve hosted over 650 artists, started programs for NGO residents, held symposia on the intersection of creativity and activism, in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation launched a residency with fully funded childcare for working parents, and nurtured 40 young professionals through our intern program. We've breathed life into Ryder Farm, creating an organic food program and continuing to restore its original 18th-century structures.
Every season at SPACE sees the creation of new and ambitious programming designed to expand our impact on the lives of artists and activists and on Ryder Farm itself. This year is no different. Our sixth season goals include:
- Initiating year-round programming
- Creating a film lab and more opportunities for residents working in the visual arts
- Launching a capital campaign to fund the restoration of more of Ryder Farm’s historic structures. Improved structures mean more programming!
These ambitious programming goals mean ambitious fundraising goals. This year, we are determined to raise $36,000 in 36 days through our annual Crowdrise drive. With your help, we know we can reach our goal. Please support us in our sixth season (and beyond) by donating today.
We are a scrappy start-up organization but we have enormous goals and visions for our future. We have been able to support artists and activists and re-invigorate Ryder Farm these last five years because you and others like you have put your resources (big or small) behind us. You have said “yes!” to SPACE’s grand vision: we hope you will continue to support us on this very exciting journey!
Please consider giving SPACE on Ryder Farm a gift this holiday season. SPACE is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All donations are fully tax-deductible. Visit www.spaceonryderfarm.org for more information.