The Volland Foundation is committed to providing time and space for creative practitioners of a wide range of disciplines to gather in a community setting for work, thought and exchange of ideas, and to experience immersion in a unique ecosystem and the rural culture.
One hundred years ago, the young storekeeper of The Volland Store, Otto Kratzer, relished building community and bringing the newest and best of everything to Volland. More than a century later, a residency program at Volland offers the gift of time and space to artists and scientists to think, create, innovate, and interact. They, like Otto, will build community and explore new ideas.
Gift of Time and Space
The Volland Foundation is offering two-week and four-week residencies. Artists, writers, poets, musicians, performers, designers, historians, natural scientists and leaders in the humanities are all encouraged to apply. We are looking for applicants in all stages of their career (emerging, mid-level, professional) and all areas of the globe: local, national and international. The Foundation is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Residents who enjoy solitude, working independently and are self-guided will do well in this residency. Applicants should consider whether this is the right environment for them. Volland is located 8 miles outside of Alma, a town of 900 people. The nearest grocery store is a 30-minute drive. If you are sensitive to noise, please note that Volland is near the railway.
Application Deadline | January 18, 2023
Application and Notification Process
Applications due January 18, 2023.
The Foundation will notify all awarded and non-awarded applicants on February 15, 2023.
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Application and Acceptance Details
There is an application fee of $25. Application fees can be paid through our online portal.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of jurors with specialized knowledge in each respective field.
Selected residents will be expected to be on site for the entire session they have been awarded.
Volland welcomes applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.
Volland is located in a rural area with limited access to medical care facilities. We strongly suggest that applicants with special medical needs contact the Resident Director before applying.
April 18 – May 18 | 4-week residency
April 18 – May 2 | 2-week residency
May 4 – May 18 | 2-week residency
June 13 – July 11 | 4-week residency (2 available)
September 19 – October 17 | 4-week residency (2 available)
Additional residencies may be offered depending on the availability of our neighbors and partners at the Grimm-Schultz Farmstead.
The Volland Residency Program offers living and studio space with uninterrupted time and no distractions – a rarity in today’s world.
The Foundation has no requirements to make or display work during residencies. However, if a resident wishes to give a presentation or offer an open studio, the Foundation will support their efforts when possible.
Application Deadline | January 18, 2023
Volland is located in the Flint Hills of Kansas, nestled between working ranches with sweeping views of the tallgrass prairie.
In 1906 two brothers, Bill and Otto Kratzer, opened Kratzer Brothers Mercantile in the little railroad town of Volland, and it quickly became the social and cultural center of the ranching community that surrounded it. In 1913 they built a big brick store across Volland Road (now The Volland Store). By 1971, the economy had changed, the population had declined, and the Store closed upon the death of Otto. It sat vacant for forty years and was in danger of being torn down.
In 2015, The Volland Store reopened after substantial renovations, re-purposed as an art gallery and gathering place for the community both near and far. The Volland Store is an architectural award-winning space with good art and friendly conversation. An outdoor theatre and music venue, “The Ruin,” opened on the grounds of The Volland Store in June 2022. The Volland Store is owned and operated by the Volland Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, and serves as an anchor for the Foundation’s activities in Volland: art exhibitions and community programming in the gallery; outdoor performances at “the Ruin;” artist residencies in Volland; guest accommodations in the Loft and the Little House for the general public; and the History, Nature, and Sculpture Trail, open throughout the year from dawn to dusk.
The Loft and the Little House at Volland provide private living and studio space. Our neighbor, the Grimm-Schultz Farmstead, makes a living space and writing studio available in support of the Volland Artist Residency Program. Most of the living spaces and studios are accessed by stairs. Each living space has a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room, and towels and linens are provided. There is a utility sink in the lower level studio of The Volland Store. If your medium or practice is exceedingly messy, arrangements can be made. Please make a note in your application.
Learn more about the living and studio spaces: Loft, Little House and Grimm-Schultz Farmstead
Living and studio spaces are provided free of charge. A $500 stipend is awarded to the 4-week residents, and a $250 stipend is awarded to the 2-week residents. Each resident is responsible for their travel and living expenses including food, toiletries and art supplies. All participants must have a car during their residency. Artists are responsible for their own meals. Evening meals are a pleasant time for interaction, and shared meals may be arranged by residents at their discretion.
We kindly ask that spouses interested in their own residency apply separately. A collaborative team may apply for a residency, but they will be required to reside in the same living space. Family is welcome to visit on the weekends, but must acquire their own accommodations offsite. Finally, the rural nature of Volland means we cannot ensure the safety of pets. As a result, we ask they stay home for the duration of your residency.
Please consider that COVID precautions are casual in Wabaunsee County, and it is common for people not to wear masks. The closest medical services to Volland are 40 miles away at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.
For those awarded a residency we will ask for feedback during and after your time at Volland to learn the most from your experience. We hope to document residents for our website and to share information about them and the program on social media. Our hope is to create a virtual place on our website to celebrate the arts at Volland. We will encourage residents to share their experience on their own channels, as well as link to our website. We hope the cross-pollination will help us to spread the word about the Volland Residency.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you!
Patty Reece, Chair, Volland Foundation
Ryan Jones, Director of Operations, Volland Foundation