LPC Artist in Residence - Artist Accommodations

Establishing an Artist in Residence Program

January 8, 2024

In early 2022 the La Pointe Center for the Arts Board began brainstorming ideas on the feasibility of beginning an Artist in Residence Program. Board member and experienced artist, Joan Molloy, laid out a plan to begin the process.  A committee was then formed to further plan,  develop, and implement a program.

Artist in Residence - Darci Schummer

In 2023 the Artist in Residence Program became a reality! Author Darci Schummer was the first recipient of The La Pointe Center for the Arts Artist in Residence (AIR) program that took place May 1st-22nd, 2023. This was a three week residency that included a weekly stipend of $500 and accommodations with a relaxing work space at Chateau Madeline. The purpose of the AIR is to provide the space and opportunity, on Madeline Island, for artists to focus on their ideas, create a body of work, research or develop a new project and to expand their creativity.

Darci, primarily a fiction writer, is the author of the story collection Six Month in the Midwest, co-author of the poetry/prose collection Hinge, and the author of the forthcoming novel The Ballad of Two Sisters. While on the island, Darci worked on finishing a novel she had in progress, The Kingdom Melody. One of the requirements of the residency is to schedule time for interacting with the community. Darci held two free workshops, at the La Pointe Center Gallery, for area community members. The “Art of the Idea: A Generative Workshop” focused on helping writers generate ideas for new pieces of writing in any genre. There were also opportunities to share writing with her and other workshop participants. 

LPC Artist in Residence - Six Months in the Midwest Book Jacket

The second workshop was “The Art of Revision: Re-seeing Your Work” , in this workshop participants learned useful tips for revision that could be used within any genre and, it again, provided opportunities to share writing with Darci and other workshop participants. Darci’s residency concluded with a “Meet the Writer” reception during which she read excerpts from the novel, The Kingdom Melody and held a question-and-answer session.

Darci thoroughly enjoyed her time on the island commenting:

“The La Pointe Center for the Arts artist’s residency gave me time, financial support, and both solitude and community, which was invaluable in transforming and enriching my work. What a gift I was given by this organization full of passionate people who believe in the arts, who believe in literature, and who see creative expression as both important and necessary. I will never forget my time on the shores of Madeline Island or the people I was blessed to meet there.”

Darci Schummer

Author of Six Months in the Midwest and The Ballad of Two Sisters

A special thank you goes out to LPC Board members Joan Slack, Rae Lesmeister, and John Erste for making the AIR program possible through their planning, development, and implementation of the program, including the screening of applicants. LPC looks forward to offering residencies in 2024 and beyond.

Darci Schummer with Rae and Tim Lesmeister

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