The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and filmmakers. 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 their services to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, 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.
"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
"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