Residencies for Public School Teachers in Tompkins County

The Saltonstall Foundation is pleased to offer two special residencies in 2019 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 16 – 20, 2019 (winter recess)
  • April 13 – 17, 2019 (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




“I feel so fortunate to have been the recipient of a Saltonstall Teacher’s Residency in March 2018. It gave me a chance to be removed from the demands of everyday life and find a quiet space in my mind for reflection, as well as time to really dive into some creative work that I rarely give myself permission to do. ” – Naomi Raimon (LACS)


“The teacher retreat at Saltonstall was a luxurious gift of time for myself. As a visual artist, it is difficult to carve out blocks of time to produce and actually get into the mental space needed to create. Having five days in a grand studio space, meals prepared for me daily, and the quiet, serene atmosphere was incredible for my studio practice––I left my visit revived and on a strong momentum in terms of my art making. I am always grateful for the Saltonstall Foundation and the opportunity they provide for artist-teachers in our local area!” – Jessica Stratton, Lansing


“My days at Saltonstall were transforming.  For years, I neglected to try for a spot, thinking to myself, “I’m not a ‘real’ artist.”  Some encouragement from a friend helped me realized that “real” wasn’t a requirement;  I just needed to have a project to work on and a desire to do it without distractions.  I also neglected to try because I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle the solitary quiet of a retreat.  Boy, was I wrong about that!”    – Mihal Ronen (Fall Creek Elementary)

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 which will be available below towards the end of the year.
Our application portal is now closed. The next application deadline will be January, 2019.


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)