The Holes in the Wall Collective Center for Creative Research, Reflection & Action
T I M E & S P A C E
for creativity • for inquiry • for experimentation • for brainstorm • for collaboration • for solo work • for building • for bridging • for confrontation • for widening • for listening • for challenge • for retreat • for making new • for making holes in the wall
The Holes in the Wall Collective Center for Creative Research, Reflection & Action is designed to hold space for diverse and sometimes disparate perspectives, knowledge and wisdom. Recognizing that the world is built by complex networks mired with context, history, opposition and belief, we recognize a need for the time and space to leave the one's context, the routine, and at times- the crisis, to find both challenge and comfort in actively living the question: where do we go from here ?
Holes in the Wall Collective will continue it's mission to bridge creatives across disciplines and identities together – holding space for the process and outcomes necessary to build more equitable realities.
Here we plan to grow into a more permanent home for Holes in the Wall Collective –
to hold space for the layers of creative work to be archived into the soil, into the center.
C O M P O N E N T S O F T H E C E N T E R . . .
B U I L D I N G on the L A N D
Holes in the Wall Collective will build the center in line with integral design principles, least extractive materials and towards future generations. Structures will be placed in relationship to one another and the surrounding ecology– creating a flow and synergy between the individual buildings and the collective center. Spaces will be modern, warm and accessible while being natural, integrated and less intensive on the environment– taking into account materials used, heating, electricity, septic and plumbing, as well as aesthetics and flow of space. Proposed building structures include the Emergence Room and the Basic Needs Houses. Similar to that of the pavilions at the Venice Biennale, each tiny house will be constructed in collaboration with a designer/architect assigned with the task to design a space best representing and made specifically to hold new thinking around their respective theme– for example Health; Food/Clothing/Shelter; Technology/Materials/ Design; and the Environment. Each structure will stand independent in itself and be positioned in relationship to one another and the surrounding landscape. The overall design and flow of the center will be based upon the premise: how do we build a space most conducive to creative research, reflection & action?
F A R M I N G and the L A N D
Holes in the Wall Collective will partner with a farmer, small group of farmers or farming family to cultivate a portion of the land for growing seasonal produce, maintaining fruit trees, helping with livestock (chickens, guinea hen, goats) for the farmers livelihood and for residents and programming. Based on a history of successfully using in-kind trade to support our work, HWC intends to lease the land at no cost or low cost depending on economic yield and amount given to HWC. Land at Holes in the Wall Collective will be stewarded with respect to its own natural rhythms and resources. Any logging, foraging, water usage or infrastructure changes will be carried out in accordance with the values and principles of a sustaining and thriving ecosystem where humans are relational and not dominant to all cycles.
I N S U L A R vs I N T E G R A T E D
Holes in the Wall Collective does not seek to build the C2R2A as an insular commune, living an ideology inaccessible to a wider world. Recognizing we are not from the community we will move to, and that much of our programming will not be designed solely for the local issues and economy, Holes in the Wall Collective is committed to creating opportunities for interaction, building local relationships and contributing to the local economy. Like anyone trying to forge a path forward, we expect some resistance, some misunderstanding and some romanticizing of our endeavors. We do not claim what we will always step perfectly, but we are determined to have transparency of our blindnesses and privileges and of the complications inherent in every decision that involves the interaction of people, land and materials.
F U T U R E P R O G R A M M I N G . . .
H O U S I N G the C R E A T I V E R E S I D E N C Y P R O G R A M
Holes in the Wall Collective plans to continue our Creative Residency Program as a way to offer time and space, to continue to build unexpected relationships, and to contribute to Holes in the Wall Collective’s sustainability. We look forward to starting back up where we left off in Pennsylvania and are ready to open registration as soon as we settle in at our next location. With our prospective site, we will be able to house at least five residents per-week, continuing to bring together creatives across mediums, disciplines and fields.
I N C U B A T I O N F E L L O W S E S S I O N S
Inviting change-makers from a diversity of contexts, disciplines and identities (from climate scientists to neurologists to community activists to political analysts to systems designers) to incubate their work within the year's wide and prescient global theme. Once building is complete, fellows will be housed in the Basic Needs Tiny Houses, matching their work with each thematic house. We encourage creative cross-over to happen organically in collective spaces, and will hold weekly round-tables in the Emergence Room for people to share their work and offer feedback, critique and perspective. We intend to partner with guest curators to invite participants in their respective specialty– widening representation and access. Each session will be two-weeks long, hosting 9 fellows at a time.
Y O U T H & E L D E R S P R O G R A M
Summer sessions designed to pair youth (18-25) and elders (55+) together in shared projects with possibilities for significant mutual benefit. Recognizing inter-generational wisdom is often overlooked and can be essential in creating new and lasting models that do not reinvent the wheel nor rely on wheels that are out of habit instead of necessity. Participants will be housed at the Center for Creative Research, Reflection and Action and held in a curriculum framework that connects to our yearly themes.
The Prospective Site
Nestled in the South Western Catskills right near the Beaverkill (river) 10 minutes from both Roscoe and Livingston Manor NY.
Land Features Include-
• Gorgeous 6 bedroom farmhouse build in 1845 with all modernization and maintenance up to date and code, including large kitchen, two living rooms, two bathrooms, a cellar, a third floor office space, original oak floors, a large porch and outdoor patio spaces, custom two way fireplace, double pained windows, built-ins and more.
• Recently renovated two story barn with greenhouse studio attachment. Finished bottom floor available for studios and a farm store, upstairs available for group gatherings, sessions, additional studio and movement space.
• Three car garage, easily converted into additional work space, movement or dance studios.
• Additional building include a chicken coop, spring house and outdoor sauna.
• 9 acres of perennial gardens, apple trees and open fields for building the Holes in the Wall Collective Tiny Farm.
• 11 additional acres PERC approved as additional building sites.
• Just under 40 acres of woodlands, including glacial stones, trails and a natural spring.
• Other grounds features include a small brook with a walking bridge, slightly sloped hillsides, flat grounds for building, stone walls, woods and open fields. The land has a high solar potential marker and is South facing.
What We Need to Make it Happen.
Having rented for three years to build the Creative Residency Program, Holes in the Wall Collective is well aware of the overhead associated with maintaining a property. We understand all the myriad components that go into hosting a center, including the utilities, heating costs and supplies it will take to run our programs. We also have experience with building and land infrastructure costs – including the building of two gardens, a shed and coop, a tiny house and exterior bathroom with associated plumbing. With this knowledge, we are well aware that in order to successfully achieve our next steps we will need a significant amount of capital to keep our organization and our property healthy.
The property we would like to make an offer on is currently still off-market from the winter time, which we anticipate will soon no longer be the case. They have been working to sell it for three years now, and have lowered their price and increased the available acreage significantly. The property is a historic farmstead, and has been in the family for over a hundred years. The current owners, the daughter of the previous farmer/owner and her husband have put over $500,000 in renovations over the last 45 years, including a complete modernization of the farmhouse, a new foundation for the barn and the building of additional structures.