Residencies for Public School Teachers in Tompkins County

The Saltonstall Foundation is pleased to offer two special residencies in 2018 for local public school teachers in the arts. These 5-day, 4-night residencies are designed as an artistic retreat for teachers in the following disciplines:


  • Creative writing (any genre)
  • Photography / film / video
  • Painting / Sculpture / Visual Art


The residencies are totally free to attend. Five teachers will be selected through a lottery system for each residency. There is no jurying involved. Overnight stays are encouraged but not mandatory. The stunning 200-acre colony is located just 8 miles East of downtown Ithaca in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood.


Note: For teachers who came to Saltonstall for the Teachers Residencies this past year (2018), we ask that you skip a year before applying again.

Two residencies offered:



  • February 17 – 21, 2018 (winter recess)
  • March 24 – 28, 2018 (spring recess)


Based on the number of teachers who apply, we anticipate being able to give each winning teacher their choice of dates.


Since we receive financial support for this program from the Ithaca City School District’s Fine Arts Booster Group (an affiliate of IPEI, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative), we will reserve 5 spots (out of 10) for teachers who work in the Ithaca City School District.


We welcome applications from teachers working in the following districts: Dryden, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing, Newfield, and Trumansburg

What an odd winter this has been. But very grey, as usual, until late-afternoon when -- sometimes -- the clouds part. #goldenhour #nosnow #artscolony #artistcommunity #saltonstall #writingretreat #flx #ithaca
What is provided
  • for writers: a spacious private apartment with ample desk space
  • for visual artists: a private apartment with an adjoining studio
  • for photographers: a private apartment that includes a fully functional wet darkroom
  • a private bathroom
  • chef-prepared vegetarian dinners cooked each night (Sat. – Tues.)
  • groceries and a 24-hour-accessible kitchen
  • washer and dryer
  • sheets, towels, and bedding

How to Apply

Although participants will be selected via lottery, we do ask that teachers complete a basic application.
Our application portal is now closed. The next application deadline will be January, 2019.

Before beginning to fill out the application, please be prepared to upload an image of your work (for visual artists and photographers) or a short written work sample (for writers.) Our application is a submittable “form” that cannot be saved, so have your material ready to go before you start!


Call (607) 539-3146 or send an email to

Pictured above, left to right:


(Feb. 2013): Mike Levy, creative writing teacher, LACS; Deborah Sidhu, ESL teacher; Maureen Jakubson, occupational therapist, Dewitt Middle School; Allison Scott, a band teacher, South Hill, Cayuga Heights, and Beverly Martin Elementary School; Edna Brown, a social worker at Caroline Elementary


(Feb. 2014): Matthew Holl, world language teacher, Ithaca High School; Matthew Soucy, English teacher, Ithaca High School; Jon Raimon, teacher (and writer), LACS; Shawn Goodman, school psychologist (and writer), Ithaca High School; Caitlin Chan, art teacher, Boynton Middle School


(Feb. 2015): Beth Taplitz Levy, school psychologist, LACS (in her Saltonstall studio)