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Free Columbia Announces Inaugural Artist Residency

Free Columbia is proud to announce the launch of its first Artist-in-Residence Program April, 2016.

1 flyer_page_1This inaugural residency will be a collaboration between Finnish multimedia artist Sampsa Pirtola, American producer Jordan Walker and painter and Free Columbia co-founder Laura Summer. The six week long residency will be a result of a collaborative process that has already been underway for six months. While still a work in progress, the piece that the three will create together has already received a name: The Lazarus Project. The multi-disciplinary piece will incorporate elements of painting, video, installation and participatory performance.

More information about The Lazarus Project will be available on the residency page of the Free Columbia website.

About Free Columbia

Founded in the Autumn of 2009, Free Columbia is a full-time course exploring art, nature study and social change in relation to the spiritual aspects of the human being and the world. Currently in its seventh year, the program offers a wide variety of cultural offerings, including an after school program for children, shoemaking and puppetry workshops, a wide variety of talks, study groups, courses, film screenings and performances.

Free Columbia is a branch of the nearby Hawthorne Valley Association.

Financing Free Culture

Set tuition encourages people to think about culture as a product that they can buy like any commodity. The commodification of art and culture is one of the most disputed and influential issues of the last 50 years. Free Columbia has attempted to set up the flow of money that supports the initiative in such a way that it does not distort the work. Like all the programs of Free Columbia, the artist-in-residency program is explicitly supported by freely given money, which liberates inspiration on the side of the recipient.

The residency will cover the travel, living and studio costs for the artists for six weeks. Like all aspects of Free Columbia, the artist residency will follow an ideal of Free Culture.


To learn more about this Artist Residency, please contact Jordan by email or at 415-726-1377.