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CA+MP creative arts + multidisciplinary performance – is the emergent artist-in-residence program at the Upper Jay Art Center. We host artists in all disciplines for periods of 1-4 weeks, offering time and creative freedom within our unique and historic space to create, dream, perform, and explore. 


Unlike many residency programs, our building operates like a living museum – likened to a Joseph Cornell box – and presents a plethora of objects, furniture, nooks and crannies for residents to explore and re-make anew, as well as a full live production suite (light and sound) and the sometimes raging waters of the Ausable River right outside the door. Residents can expect a loose, permissive vibe, as well as a curious and engaged local community with which to share their work.

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Our goal is for these residencies to provide support to artists in any stage of their creative process, as well as opportunities to engage in cultural and cross-cultural conversations with local audiences, further challenging and growing our collective understanding of what connects (and divides) us, and ultimately, what it is to be in community with each other. 


We accommodate both emerging and established artists working in visual disciplines (2D, 3D, mixed & digital media), film, music (performance, songwriting, recording), movement and dance, theater, performance art, as well as multidisciplinary artists of all stripes. 


For more information about CA+MP Residencies, as well as details on how to apply, contact us at reside@upperjayartcenter.org.

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WORDS FROM RESIDENT ARTISTS: Alec Spiegelman, Cuddle Magic

"Whenever I’ve had a few days at the Upper Jay Arts Center, perched so solidly & commandingly above the churning Ausable river, it’s led me to reconsider and reframe whatever recent city experiences had me anxious and concerned. I love the look, and the feel, and especially the SOUND of all that brought-back-to-life furniture: I can imagine no acoustic treatment superior to the incredible variety of re-upholstered surfaces within those hundred-year-old walls.


And I love the community, always gracious and open-eared, that gathers in that space."


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