Residency FAQs & Guidelines

Integrating the Arts and Nature



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Who Can Apply for a Full-Scholarship Residency or Partial-Scholarship Residency?

  • Residencies are available to visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, screenwriters and natural scientists locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Residencies are also available to ecologists,and natural scientists to study the preserve, write papers and research the environment in all its diversity and detail.
  • Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center can accommodate painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, sculpture, performance art, film making, composers, songwriters and practicing musicians. (At this time, Willowtail is unable to accommodate ceramics, large sculptures or woodworking inside.)

What specifically do you need to know a Full-Scholarship Residency or a Partial-Scholarship Residency At Willowtail?

  • Any Residency through Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center involves a stay of 7 nights or longer.
    • Willowtail is currently offering one-week – three-week residencies.
  • Any Resident awarded is required to participate in the Community Involvement Program either during or after their Residency. The Community Involvement Program supports, educates and gives back to the local, four corners community through presentations, workshops, readings, showings, etc.
  • Residencies require an application process and application fee of $25. Click here to apply.
  • An applicant is chosen and awarded a Residency stay from submitted applications, by the Board of Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center.
    • The selection process will be directed by the Board of Willowtail, or another organization leasing the space from them, such as Durango Arts Center.
  • Financial support for the Residency project under Willowtail Springs Nature Preserve and Education Center is tax deductible for a donor.

What is included in a Full-Scholarship Residency or a Partial-Scholarship Residency at Willowtail (or a Durango Artist In Residence Funded Residency)

  • Residency includes one fully furnished cabin with kitchen facilities and standard amenities, such as breakfast items and use of the property.
  • Residency includes 24 hour access to the Working Studio.
  • Spa products.
  • Seven (7) night minimum stay.
  • Single person occupancy.
  • Submission of an application, including resume, project proposal and work samples to be reviewed and awarded by the board of Willowtail.
  • The number of Scholarship Residencies for any cycle of deadlines is based on availability at Willowtail, the quality of the applications and funds available at the time.

To see the difference between a Full-Scholarship Residency and a Partial- Scholarship Residency, go to Residencies page.

What are all Residents responsible for?

  • Residents are responsible for lunch and dinner and any additional snacks other than breakfast, which is provided.
  • Residents are responsible for travel to and from Willowtail.
  • Residents are responsible for any shipping or removal of their work at the close of their residency.
  • Currently, residents are responsible for their own materials.

What is a Self-Funded Residency, Retreat or Class/Workshop?

  • Self-Funded Residencies are paid directly by the resident like any other guest at Sales and lodging tax of 5.2% will be added to your stay.
  • Discounts are sometimes available in the late fall, spring and winter. Call or email for details if interested.
  • The Self-Residencies, Retreats, Classes and Workshops are not reserved through
  • The reservation is made through
    Click Retreats and Residencies, Classes and Workshops .