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Norton Island Residency Program for artists, composers, and writers: July 6-17

Application deadline 03-01-2017

Located in Maine’s northerly “Downeast,” halfway between Mount Desert National Park and Campobello Island, one mile into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a 150-acre island hosting a one-of-a-kind artist residency program.

In 2000, the Norton Island Residency Program, under the leadership of the Eastern Frontier Education Foundation, was founded as a nonprofit and developed to create an ideal place for artists to paint, write, sculpt and compose.

The nature of this program is straightforward, even rudimentary: this is a remote, rustic wilderness with facilities to accommodate a select group of artists who sometimes share their work after dinner but are otherwise there to work uninterrupted. The environment is beautiful, extreme, and unadorned. Each resident is required to work with their fellow residents to conserve water and electricity, to help clean up after dinner, and to tote their own share of firewood. Norton Island is an outdoorsy experience that may come as a shock at first to residents who have spent time at other artist residencies.

Please note the following before applying:

– Cabins have no running water or facilities. Bathrooms and showers are located at the main lodge. Each cabin is charming and set far from other cabins for maximum privacy and work conditions.

– It gets cold at night. Sometimes it is cold during the day. While the rest of the world swelters in the heat, the Maine summers are mild.

– Expect rain. Expect glorious days of sun, but expect rain, too.

– It is very dark at night. There are constellations in the heavens that you didn’t believe existed.

– It is an island about one mile from the mainland, and the closest mainland town is the fishing village of Jonesport. Travel to and from the island is done by boats, used for emergencies, supplies, and planned trips to the mainland only.

– Watch out for wildlife—most of it amazing, some of it icky, all of it harmless.

There is a $25 tax-deductible application fee that should be paid upon application to the residency or workshop.