Beach64retreat in the Rockaways, Queens, New York was founded in 2017 with the aim to support on a micro level the creation of contemporary arts & culture and promote global cultural exchanges in times when it is more and more difficult for creative individuals around the globe to thrive.
Beach64retreat offers a completely free of charge independent one-bedroom apartment (kitchen/living and separate bedroom) with wi-fi connection in a private home on Beach 64th Street, in Arverne in the Rockaways, Queens, New York. The house is located on a quiet residential street between the Atlantic Ocean and the Jamaica Bay, just an hour ride from Downtown Manhattan (Fulton Station or Wall St. / Pier 11) on the A train or the Rockaway Ferry.
Beach64retreat is open for creative individuals and creators of any race, gender, age and nationality (artists, writers, musicians, architects, journalists, curators, programmers, art administrators, scholars, translators, etc.) and are invited on recommendation or selected in an informal application process. The stay may range from a week-end to a week, depending on the creative/creator wishes. The dates of stay are agreed upon with the founders depending on the space availability and can be negotiated and/or adjusted to better meet the creative/creator’s needs.
Prospective participants are invited to send a short explanation why they wish and need to come for a Beach64retreat in a form of a proposal, project or plan for his/her stay accompanied by a resume/narrative bio, and contact details of professionals familiar with his/her cultural practice as well as some examples of his/her past work and achievements in a form of a portfolio, website, FB page, blog, etc.
The creative/creator is kindly asked to leave after his/her stay in Beach64retreat some kind of a trace of him/her in a form of e-documentation (a picture, text, performance documentation, website link, a quote, book recommendation, list of watched movies, etc.) that will be shared on the retreat website and social media and will become part of Beach64retreat archives. A short written testimonial might also be requested.
After the creative/creator’s stay he/she will kindly leave the space in the same condition as it was given to him/her.
The overseas creatives/creators are solely responsible for their travel arrangements, as well as visas and the health insurance.
Please note: apart from a completely free of any charge living / working space no additional grant is provided at this time. Also the weather is out of our control:-)
The first season (March 21, 2017 – March 20, 2018) was attended by twenty one creatives and creators. During our second season (March 21, 2018 – March 20, 2019) we hosted thirty one American and International creatives and creators. Beach64retreat is now in its third season ending March 20, 2020.