Thank you for your time here Ann! We look forward to your blog post about the residency.
At Chalk Hill Artist Residency, we love farming the arts sustainably. This work in progress means that we are constantly weaving together grape growing, community and creativity to build and preserve a healthy habitat for the arts and our future. The vineyards at Warnecke Ranch have been certified sustainable for five years. We borrowed our certification program’s holistic vision of farming and applied it to managing our non-profit arts program, also now in its fifth year. Successful evidence of our strategy; social, environmental, and economic, has arrived quickly! Last year we achieved our fundraising goal – allowing facility upgrades, increased future programming, and the start of an annual summer fundraising event.
Sustainability grows outward from the ground under our feet towards the wider community. In tending the ecosystem of our land, we saw the importance of progressively building up the strength of an arts program that is nourished by beneficial interactions and community partnerships. We are proud to be the official “artist residency program” to Becoming Independent Artists, a local non-profit that supports artists living with disabilities. This year, in addition to 15 contemporary artists, two artists from BI will be in residency: Ali Koehler and Bob Best. It is a big achievement and we would like to host more! We are also excited to be partnering with two local galleries to curate exhibits dedicated to Chalk Hill Artists. Meanwhile, we continue to welcome historians and researchers to explore the amazing photographic and architectural resources at the John Carl Warnecke Architectural Archives.
Please support Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Farming the Arts Sustainably by making a donation today. Your contribution goes directly to the sponsorship of our resident artists and artists with disabilities community program.
Alice Warnecke Sutro
* art by Christian Lapie