FALL RESIDENCY: Day of the Dead

October 18th – November 10th, 2019

Artists, researchers, and other professionals in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply.

Established in 2006, our residency sessions foster research, experimentation and the development of innovative, interdisciplinary work bridging the arts and sciences within an ecological framework. The program aims to provide working professionals with a platform for meaningful cultural exchange and professional development. Residents receive support to develop new and existing projects, or immerse into new research.

This year we are adding a fall session with a Day of the Dead theme. Participants will have the opportunity to witness and participate in Mexican cultural activities surrounding the Day of the Dead, an ancestral celebratory way to honor the deceased. The work developed should approach death from an interdisciplinary perspective, exploring varying aspects related to the life and death cycle, being physical or metaphysical. Proposals could be framed as a broad inquiry into the general topic, or focus on a specific issue related to death (such as biological decay, disease, personal loss, grief, burial, religious beliefs, life after death, etc). Being that our programs bridge art and ecology, an emphasis should be put in the social ecology of death. An example of this cross-over is the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies. In Michoacán, Day of the Dead coincides with the arrival of the Monarchs, a natural phenomena that for indigenous peoples signifies the return of the deceased.

COST: $1,000 USD per person / $1,500 per couple or collaborators sharing a bedroom.


  • LIVE/WORK SPACE: 23 nights stay at the Guapamacátaro hacienda, in single or double occupancy bedrooms and studios, plus common areas.
  • FOOD: 24 days of meals at the Guapamacátaro hacienda, prepared fresh by our staff.
  • PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: to realize one or more projects while in residency.
  • PUBLIC EXHIBITION: at the Open House event on the last week of the residency.
  • DIGITAL CATALOG: showcasing each participant’s work. See sample catalog here.
  • FIELD TRIP: One day excursion to Angangueo, Michoacán. Includes ground transportation in private van with driver, guided visits to the Monarch sanctuary, town and graveyard, plus lunch and tips.

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  • Space is limited to 10 people.
  • Language requirements: English or Spanish, at least beginner level.
  • Application is open to professionals from all countries, cultural backgrounds and aesthetics.
  • 50% non-refundable deposit due September 15th ($500 USD), via our PayPal online system.
  • Balance due upon arrival ($500 USD).



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