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Yaddo Celebrates the Centennial of the 19th Amendment

August 13, 2020

In 1899, our co-founder Katrina Trask envisioned Yaddo as a place intended for “men and women—creating, creating, creating!” Some 26 years later, the first group of guests arrived at Yaddo, with men and women artists equally represented.

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No Time for Silence

June 2, 2020

Yaddo is committed to equality in our words and our actions. As an institution, it is our mission to be actively anti-racist; to continuously prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Opera Issues Call to Action

May 18, 2020

“In this pandemic, everything has changed and yet nothing has changed. These eminent artists are still just as crucial as they were when this ordeal began, and they will be even more essential when we emerge together on the other side.”

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In An Emergency, Art!

May 8, 2020

Recent events—namely the global pandemic and state-mandated closure of businesses deemed “non-essential”—beg some questions: Is Yaddo essential? Is art necessary? What happens to artists in a time of global crisis, and how can we help?  In her brilliant essay collection, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency (forthcoming in May), Olivia Laing profiles several writers and artists (many of them her…

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The Show Must Go On(line)

May 7, 2020

In this difficult and isolating time, let Yaddo be your window to the world. We’ve collected music, books, visual art, poems and wonderful moments among friends to brighten your day. Sample the extraordinary work of Yaddo artists, and keep in (virtual) touch!

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A Letter from Our Co-Chairs

April 20, 2020

As the world struggles to get ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic, we here at Yaddo are working to make the best decisions to put us on the optimal path going forward, one that will allow us to recover from this time and sustain our mission for decades to come. After much thoughtful discussion on the…

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Resources for Artists During the COVID-19 Crisis

April 1, 2020

This is a challenging time for many in our community, as artists and writers cope with cancelled work, lost income, and medical uncertainty. Yaddo has compiled the following list of online resources for artists affected by the pandemic, and will continue to expand the list in the coming weeks as opportunities become available. (Updated 6/8/20)…

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Warm Greetings: A Letter from Yaddo’s President

March 19, 2020

Dear Friends: You would think this strange period of social distancing would be a no-brainer for those of us at Yaddo. After all, we’re a retreat—a place consciously designed to allow for quiet, for deep-thinking, reflection and solitude. But as we closed our program this week with the heaviest of hearts, knowing that we won’t…

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Yaddo Announces Temporary Closing in Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

The Corporation of Yaddo, the artist residency based in Saratoga Springs, New York, announced it would close temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “In accordance with recommendations from public health officials and the CDC, the Yaddo Executive Committee made this difficult decision to keep our visiting artists, staff, and community safe,” said President Elaina Richardson.…

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Yaddo Rising: Mansion Returns

June 15, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, ghosts, children of the arts—we did it! Yaddo is reborn again, and we offer a galactic thank you for all your support in helping us restore our historic Mansion—the architectural jewel, public face, creative hub, artistic sanctuary, refuge for the world’s leading minds, and yes, the soul of Yaddo. It wasn’t easy:…

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