In 2018, I founded a residency in Horton Bay, Michigan, devoted to providing a nurturing space for collective creativity, such as dance and performance art. We hold space for the development of dreams.
The original name of the residency was Crojik’s Croft. The two words together provided a poetic metaphor related to our mission. A crojik is a triangular sail located at the front of old sailboats that catches the wind and helps guide the vessel. It represented the residency, time and space, as a tool to catch inspiration. The foreword momentum of research. A croft is a small rustic farm, which represented our deep desire to provide the artists a connection with the land. The ground, support, and nourishment for them while they are in residence. We believe in placing artists in dialogue with this nourishment. Dialogue is celebrated through a language of choice. Within this choice the translation of the dialects of vocality and embodiment are encouraged.
After a lengthy and lively period of exploration and conversation with friends, family, artists, and other collaborators, we have officially changed our name to “The Croft Residency: Ground for Art.” We believe that this name more easily leads to the type of artistic dialogue we are seeking with the widest possible audience.With one important exception, nothing else about the residency has changed.The one thing that has changed is that we have initiated a program called Crojik’s Largesse. This is a dedicated fund within the residency specifically created to support artists who are developing work that celebrates language and its communication with others. More details can be found on our website.We look forward to an exciting 2019 season and beyond at The Croft Residency, thank you for your support, and hope to see you soon.