Headlands Center for the Arts

Thematic Residencies

Headlands’ Thematic Residency Program is rooted in the belief that artists are immensely creative problem solvers generating new and provocative answers to some of the most pressing issues of our time—and that these visionary thinkers’ ideas and processes offer essential contributions to the larger questions society seeks to understand.

Composed of participants from diverse fields, practices, and research foci, Thematic Residencies dive deep into specific topics, giving participants an opportunity to collaborate across differing methods of knowledge production. During each Thematic Residency, approximately 15 to 20 artists, scientists, writers, policy makers, and other experts are invited for a one- to two-week live/work residency on Headlands’ historic campus, a setting internationally-renowned for encouraging risk taking and innovation. Participants receive airfare and local transportation, as well as stipends, housing, and meals throughout their time at Headlands.