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The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The Foundation’s mission is to “Support the artist and the creative process” and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.

The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

The Foundation, with support from The Caruso Family Foundation, also provides academic scholarships to Taos High School seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

"I feel very much honored in being chosen to receive assistance from the Wurlitzer Foundation. Till now I had never sought nor received any real recognition for my work. I did not realize how encoring it could be. Your kindness has been a positive moral uplift. Your action in this has become the most encouraging event for art in this country that I have ever witnessed. I hope to do worthily. Thank you for all your considerations."

-Agnes Martin, 1954
"Of the residencies I've had, the Wurlitzer was ideally designed. To have my own house, my own studio, and a group of equally independent colleagues made for a situation where I could work intensively in isolation, do things with others when the mood hit, and focus focus focus. Those choices were so important to me. The good length of time, 3 months, also enabled that period of settling in to happen and then a solid time remaining to do what needed to be done. I loved the two very different times I was there, separated by 25 years!"

- Peggy Diggs, visual artist
"Wonderful gift of space and time to focus on my work."

- Howard Sherman, visual artist
"What a privilege to join an elite group of artists, immersed in expression, sharing in fellowship!"

- Jeffrey Salloway, writer
"A wonderful experience in all categories. New friends, beautiful adventures and the start on a new path in my work."

- Susan Richards, painter
"From the moment I first heard about the Helen Wurlitzer Residency in Taos and made my application I found myself engaged in an extraordinary and unexpected life changing experience. It has had deep and profound effect on me, my attitude to life and my art practice. Nothing will ever be the same now. ... The whole experience took me to places inside me and beyond, that are so unique and important that if I was a writer, I would probably write a book about it! The experience continues to inform my art work and my life 3 years on, and probably do so always. My gratitude for the experience is immense. I hope one day I will be able to return to the Wurlitzer Foundation for the next turn of that creative and transformational spiral."

- Veronique Maria, filmmaker
"During my residency, I came into a different pace of life, of thought, of creativity. Arriving from the anxious jostling of New York City, I discovered Taos's unmistakeable ease. This place encouraged a spaciousness and clarity of thought in my composing process. Sitting on the porch of my cozy casita, enjoying the scent of petrichor and cottonwoods after one of Taos's summer afternoon rainstorms, I savored tranquil solitude. And then I wrote many, many pages of music!"

-Nell Cohen, composer
"An amazing residency. Wonderful."

- Lucy Bledsoe, writer
"This residency made a profound impact on me and my work. The Wurlitzer Foundation's mission is a generous gift to artists....for which I remain grateful."

- Lourdes Bernard, visual artist
"My residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos was one of the most profound and life-changing experiences of my life to date. I would encourage every artist to apply for the Residency. The solitude, and the gift of time to reflect, work, and soul search combined with the special energy of Taos provides a truly unique experience!"

-William V. Malpede, composer
"My three months at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation were the happiest, most fulfilling, and most productive of my life. I’ve been home for seven months now, and every single day I think, with great longing, about Taos, my casita, my desk, the view from my window, the mountains, and the walk through town. I miss the sense of time expanding and I miss the light. You’ll see the most beautiful sunsets in Taos, and you’ll feel the greatest sense of possibility here. I came to Casita 10N with the beginning of my first novel, and wrote the majority of the draft during this incredible residency. The beauty of the place, the time, and the solitude were such gifts, coming at a crucial time for my artistic growth, and for my project. I am forever grateful for this truly magical experience."

-Jessamine Chan, writer
"Before I came to Taos, a friend of mine warned me that that there was a special energy about the place that would magnify intentions. That was my experience. My work became very focused during the three months at the Wurlitzer Foundation, and I was able to complete a half-dozen projects that had been stalled - some of them for years! In terms of my personal life, the issues that had been blurry and ill-defined came suddenly into sharp focus, and I was able to understand more about my choices and the seemingly "mysterious" forces that have dictated them. It was a transformational time."

-Carolyn Gage, playwright
"Being at Wurlitzer was like a long meditation. It allowed me to reach another level of consciousness and to live and work in this space for over three months. From here flowed my writing, and oh, how it flowed."

-Anjana Appachana, writer
"Having the opportunity to be there (HWF) really solidified something in my development, artistically and personally."

-Debra Kaye, composer
"It's very subtle, quick and profound. I'm speaking of the magical transformation, both personally and artistically, that takes place when you arrive in Taos and enter your private casita. This phenomenon has been spoken about and written about by artists of all stripes who have had the pleasure and the honor of being invited to The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation's unique settlement. The individual experiences range: 'More work than in any comparable time.' 'I've taken more risks than ever before.' 'I can't stop writing.' 'My trust in my artistic judgment has been expanded.' I could go on but suffice to say, my Wurlitzer experience has enriched my vision and deepened my sense of what's possible."

-Roger Aplon, poet
"Serenity. Productivity. Generosity.

Apt descriptors of the three months I lived and wrote as a poet-resident at Casita #10 on the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation campus in Taos, New Mexico.

Pink-kissed mornings inspired aubades, the pica pica magpies’ constant chatter syncopated with my rhythms and rhymes influencing the aural sensibility of my new work, and pervasive pinyon distilled an acute sense of olfactory responsibility in my verse.

This time—seemingly enchanted and surreal yet nonetheless real--created what Sylvia Plath has so eloquently stated as 'monuments of the moment.'"

-Kathleen A. Kelly, poet