Artist Residencies

Most of you might be familiar with the concept of a medical residency. For physicians in training, they complete medical school and begin the graduate school experience in the form of a residency, which focuses on a particular medical specialty. Residencies can last from three to seven years, with surgical residencies lasting a minimum of five years. These are immensely formative years in the life of a medical professional, and critical to providing patient care.

Did you know there is also such a thing as an artist residency? Similar to a medical residency, an artist residency program places the artist deep in the framework of the arts organization, benefitting both the organization and the artist. This year, over 50% of the artists who perform at the Green Music Center also engage in additional residency activities. Residencies generally last between a day and a week and include interactions with multiple communities on a variety of topics. These programs enrich educational experiences, expand creativity through arts-integrated learning, give insight into the big ideas of our time, and provide full-immersion in the colorful world of performing arts.

What can a residency look like?
• Artists participate in activities that foster deep engagement, allowing professors, students, and community partners from both off and on campus to have diverse artistic experiences that explore a theme from the art itself to the social impacts the arts have, as well as the underlying work it takes to be an artist. The activities are integrated into course subjects and are a catalyst for conversations with various members of our surrounding communities.
• Projects are designed to develop our creative capacities including imagination, critical thinking, and persistence, and to help us investigate communal and personal values while building empathy for the experiences of others.
• Residencies can happen over the span of a day, week, month, or longer depending on the needs and scope of the project.
• And more!

In the 2018–19 season, the Green Music Center, in collaboration with the Sonoma State University Department of Music and the Arts Integration program, is pleased to present a number of residency programs to the campus and community: Las Cafeteras; Julie Fowlis; Manual Cinema; Kenny Barron Quintet; Kurbasy; Calmus; Martha Redbone; wild Up; Banda Magda; Damien Sneed; Roger Guenveur Smith; Monica Bill Barnes & Co.; Jason Vieaux; Monterey Jazz Festival; TaikoProject; Villalobos Brothers; and Kronos Quartet.

Residency activities are just as critical to our mission as remarkable performances. It is through your generous support, combined with the help of the university, that we can activate the artists reach outside the performance hall and into our classrooms and communities. For more information or to partner in our mission to educate, connect, and inspire, please contact Annual Giving and Foundation Manager Gail Chadwin at or 707.664.3661.