I’ve now encountered the word ‘residency’ twice in my reading in the last few weeks, referring specifically to artist residencies, but I’m curious about any kind. I know doctors do a residency – what’s involved in that? Who sponsors them? Have any Ratburghers done a residency in some other type of program?
I saw the word recently was in regards to a cartoonist for the New Yorker who is doing a kickstarter to get funds to purchase a house in rural PA. She will then run a ‘residency’ there for humorists, of the literary or cartooning kind – and it’s solely for women. (I don’t know what she’ll do if someone with a 5 o’clock shadow who identifies as a woman applies.) It sounds kind of like a retreat, where the writers/artists would work on their craft and then after some period of weeks, have an exhibit or a reading or some kind of event. The second reference was just yesterday in my local paper, where an art club is raising money to fund a residency for painters – and the first session, again, will be exclusively for women.
Could this be done – or is it already being done – for educating & promoting conservative policies to the public? For instance, a ‘residency’ in a suburb outside a blue city, where some conservative thinkers (or students from Hillsdale?) come to stay for a while, and host talks/events over a period of weeks that help elevate people’s knowledge of history & policy. Nothing glitzy, but something that is more than a one-night book-signing by Brian Kilmeade, you know?
I would think it could amount to a mini-convention, that would draw people to local restaurants, hotels, etc, helping the economy, and so towns may be open to it.