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Welcome to the Sanctuary

We are committed to creative growth through the arts and engendering a spirit of community. This is a grassroots experiment in sharing. Follow the link below to read more about us.

About Us
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Check out the link to the calendar below to see upcoming shows, workshops and events happening at the Sanctuary.

Calendar
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Sewing Night

Come the second Sunday of the month from 6pm to 9pm for sewing & mending night.

Suggested donation of $5 - $20

Call Debbie with questions
822-4221

See you there!

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Open Lab

Our open lab hours are

Saturday:
12 pm to 6:00 pm.

See the link below for more information.

Open Lab Brochure
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Upcoming Events at the Sanctuary


The Big Picture


The Sanctuary's Local Artist Residency program is an opportunity for Humboldt County-based artists of all types to spend 1 to 3 months utilizing the Sanctuary as their primary studio space. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building that was constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling music venue, art gallery, community center, and artists' workshop, with lab facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more.

Local residents will receive full access to the Sanctuary's lab facilities, and are encouraged to freely expand their creative practice by producing work, and experimenting with new possibilities. Past residents have activated the Sanctuary's facilities with recording sessions, book-making projects, pop-up art shows, and the production of prints, ceramics, and performance pieces. In addition, residents have utilized the Sanctuary's gathering spaces to make offerings to the larger community, through educational workshops, concerts, dinners, and dance parties.

Regardless of medium, it is our hope that all artist residents will draw on the Sanctuary's mission statement: The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

The Details


Schedule: Local residencies are available each month from February through November. We are looking to schedule residents for the duration of 1 to 3 full calendar months, with some flexibility.

Cost: The residency fee is $100 per month, which is used to cover operating costs and utilities.

Stipend: Residents who create a community-minded event, workshop, or artwork can qualify for a small stipend. There are a limited number of stipends available for the 2019 season, and artists interested in receiving one should include a project proposal in their application.

Participation: Residents are encouraged to participate in the Sanctuary public events throughout their residency, including the weekly Taco Tuesday potluck, Saturday Open Lab hours, and the monthly Arts! Arcata open house on the second Friday of each month. Participation in these events will help build relationships with the community, and are a unique component of this residency experience.

How to Apply


Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their art-making practice, what they hope to gain from a residency at the Sanctuary, which months they would be available to participate, contact info (phone/email) and three samples of past work or ongoing projects.

Letters can be sent via email to:

art@sanctuaryarcata.org,

or sent via mail to:

1301 J Street
Arcata, CA, 95521

Applications will be accepted until the end of the day on Nov 31st. Applicants will hear back from Sanctuary staff no later than December 15th.


The Big Picture


The Sanctuary's Recording Residency program is an opportunity for musicians to spend 2 to 10 days recording in a unique creative environment on the Redwood Coast of northern California. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building that was constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling music venue, art gallery, community center, and artists' workshop, with lab facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more.

Recordings are made in the Great Hall, a spacious, naturally lit room that houses an array of keyboard and string instruments, music books, and artwork. It is an ideal room for tracking acoustic music and live ensembles, with ample space to let the sound breathe. Centered around an analog Yamaha 16-track mixing console, recordings are made digitally, or with a 1/2 inch 4-track Otari tape machine. Sanctuary resident Daniel Nickerson will work closely with musicians to engineer and mix recordings.

Musicians stay on-site during their residency, with full access to the kitchen and other lab facilities in the building. This contributes to around-the-clock creativity, with the option of creating and printing album artwork or other merch items during their stay. Since the Sanctuary also has many other ongoing events and uses that will affect the sonic environment, recording residents will have to adapt to these as they arise. It is our hope that residents will benefit from the many different facilities and opportunities during their stay, drawing on the Sanctuary's mission statement: The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

The Details


Schedule: Recording residencies are available in 2 to 10 day increments from February through November. The Great Hall is a multi-use space, and scheduling will be dependent on other planned uses of the room.

Cost: The residency fee is $150 per day, which is used to cover the sound engineer, operating costs and utilities.

Accommodations: Residents will reside in the Great Hall, which has a variety of bedding options. Residents have 24-hr access to all lab facilities during the stay, including the communal kitchen, where the Sanctuary's five long-term residents collaborate on purchasing and preparing food. There is one small refrigerator in the building, and a grocery store two blocks away.

How to Apply


Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their music-making practice, what they hope to gain from a recording residency at the Sanctuary, which months/dates they would be available to participate, contact info (phone/email) and three samples of past work or ongoing projects.

Letters can be sent via email to:

music@sanctuaryarcata.org,

or sent via mail to:

1301 J Street
Arcata, CA, 95521

Applications will be accepted until the end of the day on Nov 31st. Applicants will hear back from Sanctuary staff no later than December 15th.


The Big Picture


The Sanctuary's Visiting Artist Residency program is an opportunity for artists of all types to spend 1 to 3 months living and working on the Redwood Coast of northern California. Located in downtown Arcata, the Sanctuary is a community arts center and non-profit organization based in an historic building that was constructed in 1916 to be the Arcata Women's Clubhouse. Today, it is a bustling music venue, art gallery, community center, and artists' workshop, with lab facilities including printmaking, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, music recording, bicycle repair, gardening, homesteading, and more.

Visiting residents may freely explore their creative practice during their time at the Sanctuary, making use of the in-house facilities, exploring the diverse community of Arcata, or venturing further to the beaches, redwood forests, and mountain trails that dapple our coastal bioregion. Past residents have activated the Sanctuary's facilities with recording sessions, book-making projects, pop-up art shows, and the production of prints, ceramics, and performance pieces. In addition, residents have utilized the Sanctuary's gathering spaces to make offerings to the larger community, through educational workshops, concerts, dinners, and dance parties.

Whether looking inward to cultivate one's personal practice, or expanding outward to draw connections between people and place, it is our hope that artist residents will draw on the Sanctuary's mission statement: The Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.

The Details


Schedule: Visiting residencies are available each month from February through November. We are looking to schedule residents for the duration of 1 to 3 full calendar months, with some flexibility.

Cost: The residency fee is $200, which is used to cover operating costs and utilities.

Stipend: Residents who create a community-minded event, workshop, or artwork can qualify for a small stipend. There are a limited number of stipends available for the 2019 season, and artists interested in receiving one should include a project proposal in their application.

Accommodations: Residents will reside in the South Room, a small curtained-off space with a double bed, storage for clothing and supplies, and a window. Artists have 24-hr access to all lab facilities during the stay, including the communal kitchen, where the Sanctuary's five long-term residents collaborate on purchasing and preparing food. There is one small refrigerator in the building, and a grocery store two blocks away.

Participation: Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in the Sanctuary public events throughout their stay, including the weekly Taco Tuesday potluck, Saturday Open Lab hours, and the monthly Arts! Arcata open house, on the second Friday of each month. Participation in these events will help build relationships with the community, and are an important component of this residency experience.

How to Apply


Interested applicants should write a letter explaining their art-making practice, what they hope to gain from a residency at the Sanctuary, which months they would be available to participate, contact info (phone/email) and three samples of past work or ongoing projects.

Letters can be sent via email to:

art@sanctuaryarcata.org,

or sent via mail to:

1301 J Street
Arcata, CA, 95521

Applications will be accepted until the end of the day on Nov 31st. Applicants will hear back from Sanctuary staff no later than December 15th.


Art Facilities - Open to the Public


        In an attempt to make artistry more accessible to the general public, the Sanctuary provides essential resources that would not otherwise be available to artists and makers with limited space, tools, or knowledge. Three days a week the public is invited for Open Lab hours in our studio and workshop spaces, where they explore and create with the guidance of knowledgeable technicians. These spaces not only inspire art-making but also the restoration, recycling and repurposing of old materials, modeling a lifestyle of waste-diversion and prevention.

Our open lab hours on:

Saturday:
12 to 6 pm

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the Sanctuary is dedicated to creative growth through artful living. We encourage people to teach, inspire and know each other.