General information

Brief description of organisation

PLAYA is a non-profit organization supporting work in the arts, literature, natural sciences and other fields of creative inquiry. PLAYA encourages dialogue between the disciplines to bring positive change to the environment and the world.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Situated in the dramatic landscape of Central Oregon at the edge of the Great Basin, PLAYA offers residencies of two, four or eight weeks to visual artists, writers, scientists and performing artists. Offering both seclusion as well as a community of other residents, PLAYA affords artists the time, space and inspiration to pursue
whatever work they are involved in.
With individual accommodations for nine residents at any one time, PLAYA has five separate visual art studios, and a 75 acre campus for outdoor work.
If accepted, a residency at PLAYA has no fees attached other than the $35 application fee and a $110 security deposit for those accepted, which is returned to the artist at the time of their residency.
PLAYA does not require any work output from residents, offering instead the opportunity to pursue whatever work the resident is inspired to pursue.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Film Making
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

non- profit organization

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 2 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

no children, partners or pets allowed

Grants available

Ford Family Foundation - Mid Career Artists

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Supplies
  • Food

artist pays for travel and food, not housing

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Other

no expectations other than cleaning studio & living space - offering a class to local school is welcome

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralVery rural - 2 hours from nearest city services

  • Internet Connection
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
  • Printmaking Facilities
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Sometimes we host events for local community

How to reach

By train

Amtrack to Chemult and arrange pick up

By plane

Fly to Portland or Bend Oregon and arrange carpool or shuttle

By car

Driving is best for distance and location but shuttles are available for a price.

Nearest airport

Redmond, OR

Contact information

47531 Highway 31
97640 Summer Lake
United States of America

Phone: 541 943-3983

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