When is CAMP?
CAMP is a week long and takes place once a year in the summer. The dates for our summer 2018 season are July 29th - August 5th 2018.
Where is CAMP?
CAMP travels to different locations (often remote and rural places) across the continental US. In the past our residencies have taken place in Vermont, North Carolina and Wyoming. Our residency changes locations to allow new artists to attend, explore exciting beautiful new places, remove artists from their everyday routine and remain in flux. CAMP2018 will be located in Northport, Washington, a beautiful area in the north western part of Washington state, just two hours from the Canada border.
How much does it cost?
The cost of CAMP changes based on the price of our rental location, food and attendees. The apportioned cost is calculated each summer so that CAMP is split between participants. The fee covers food and lodging but it does not cover personal art making supplies or travel costs to CAMP. In the past, the week has usually cost about $300 and we are always working to lower that cost (through fundraising) with the goal that someday soon CAMP will be free. Currently, CAMP offers some scholarships and stipends which are fundraised during the year.
"* The cost of CAMP includes lodging and good food for the full week. It does not include transportation to CAMP or personal materials. The apportioned cost is calculated so that funding CAMP is split between all participants."
Who can come to CAMP?
CAMP is open to everyone who wants to explore/expand their creative practice and foster a safe community. You do not need to identify as a visual artist, performer or writer to attend CAMP. CAMP artists have included teachers, scientists, social workers, clowns, installation artists, sculptors, choreographers, musicians, chefs, farmers, dancers and more. At this time, we conduct informal interviews to make sure that CAMP is a good fit for each artists until we fill all available spots each summer. Keep in mind that as the location changes each year, some locations may be more conducive to individual practices/projects than others. Usually about 20+/- artists attend CAMP each year. Most have never attended before but there are a few artists who attend year after year.
When, how and why did CAMP start?
Planning for CAMP started in early 2014 between two close friends, Lisa Fagan and Emily Gui who met at Bard College. A few years after graduating, they wanted to find a way to bring their old friends together for a reunion and also introduce their new friends to their community. CAMP was born as a way to find time and space to create and share, expand/build community and explore remote and exciting places.
What is a typical day at CAMP like?
CAMP days are structured around meals, "workshops", and group activities. Group activities are NOT required. Artists are encouraged to use their residency time to best suit their needs. Breakfast and lunch are prepared by each individual artist for themselves and dinner is cooked and cleaned by a rotating group of artists. During the morning until lunchtime, artists take a turn leading a workshop. These vary in length from as little as 30 minutes to up to 2 hours. "Workshops" are open access to a large group of artists to teach a class, start or finish a project, lead an activity or game, try an experiment, share a skill, lead a discussion etc. The term "workshop" is used to loosely describe your allotted time to lead the group through some kind of experience. After lunch, the rest of the day until dinner is totally instructed individual/collaborative work, rest, explore, study, socialize etc time. Dinner is usually a festive gathering sourced with delicious local, farm-fresh produce. During the course of the week, each artist will take a role both cooking and cleaning dinner. A cooking crew meets about 1-2 hours before dinner to start cooking. After our dinner feast and clean-up, the evening may consist of a group activity, open socializing time or rest. There are a few beloved night-time group traditions, but there is also lots of open space for new activities and experiments.