Cooperative Residency Program

For Arts Organizations & Independent Arts Groups


Since 2003, the Terry Family Foundation and Edenfred have worked closely with local and regional non-profit arts groups to provide residencies that allow these groups to undertake projects they otherwise could not afford. We have worked with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, Madison Repertory Theater, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Wisconsin/Hessen (Germany) Sister State Writers Exchange, WI Poet Laureate Commission, WI Wrights: New Play Project, Council for WI Writers, Overture Center for the Arts, the WI Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, and various programs of the University of Wisconsin-Madison..


Edenfred also works with small independent arts groups (writers’ groups, etc) to develop mini-residencies to encourage their artistic growth.  We have hosted one-day working retreat sessions for a group of poets and a formal critique weekend for another writers’ group who brought in an editor as a guest resident. In a similar vein, we have served as a one-day retreat space for strategic planning meetings for arts organizations.


Cooperative Residencies are meant to aid in the development of new creative work by an arts organization or a small artist group.  Edenfred does not provide housing in cases where lodging should be included in an organization’s annual operating budget.  


Application Process: Please submit a brief (one page) proposal outlining your project and why your organization would like a residency at Edenfred.  Include organization & contact information, how the residency relates to the project, who would be in residence and their role in the project, and specific dates, if known.


Send proposals to David Wells, Executive Director of Edenfred.

Edenfred, North view of Veranda