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PILOT: Art·Space·House (ASH)
Artist Retreat 2022 (France!)
October 15-22, 2022

Six Artists. One French Farmhouse. Unlimited Potential.

A week-long, international gathering for mid-career artists and cultural workers seeking rest, rejuvenation, community, and inspiration. A group of six like-minded artists will convene with no set expectations or requirements! 

ASH is a test ground to nurture ourselves, each other, and our work, without any actionable metrics tied to the process. The process itself is life-affirming and nurturing. We practice what we wish to see in the world including; collaboration, connectivity, sustainability, healing, justice, joy, wholeness, and belonging. 

Stay tuned for a recap from our magical pilot retreat!

EAD Prioritizes 

  • Supporting artists of color, female-identifying, LGBTQ+, and those creating work that support and care for community 

  • Mid-career/established artists with a personal and/or independent practice

  • Environmental responsibility

  • Kindness, compassion, empathy, connectedness


  • Create funded rest + relaxation opportunity for artists

  • Develop practices that nurture the individual, group, the earth, and contribute to the kinder, more interconnected world we wish to see and contribute to

  • Develop a web of artists that continue to collaborate and support the evolution of connection-based work

  • Create beauty, healing, connection that acts as a catalyst for more beauty, healing, connection

  • Build towards a permanent space that inhabits these practices and expands upon them - continually questioning, growing, changing, adapting

Featured Artists



is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her visual art work includes photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was a 2019 Red Bull Detroit artist-in-residence and a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. She is a 2020-2022 Live Feed resident artist at New York Live Arts and a 2021-22 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. A gifted and dedicated teaching artist, she directed a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services for four years as well as facilitating workshops nationally and internationally. She is currently the national director for Turnaround Arts at the Kennedy Center, a program which uses the arts strategically to transform schools facing severe inequities. 



Kelly King is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working in performance, film, and non-fiction. She is an Embodied Joy Strategist for businesses, schools, non-profits, and individuals. Training: BA (Dance), University of Maryland; MFA (Interdisciplinary Arts), Goddard College. 2021 DC Commission Fellowship Recipient. Kelly is the CEO of The Movement Movement. 

Upcoming: Awkward Conversations with Tuyet Pham at Reston Community Center.



is a facilitator, coach and leader of gatherings based in Maun, Botswana. She has worked with non-profit organisations, foundations, small businesses and individual leaders around the world over the last twenty years. Her particular magic is in creating safe spaces to dream, explore and plan - finding that gentle balance between imagining what is possible and getting specific about the next steps to move the dream forward. 



Naomi Macalalad Bragin is a dancer, writer and scholar, who collaborates with other artists to heal and recreate worlds. Her book, Black Power of Hip Hop Dance (forthcoming with University of Michigan Press), studies streetdances collectively created by youth living in Funk & Disco era California. Her performance project, Little Brown Language, traces histories of American and Spanish colonial encounter, retold as dance incantations. She has lectured internationally, including at Université de Paris and Museo de Arte São Paulo, Brasil. Her writing has won several awards from top performance journals and is funded by National Endowment of the Humanities, among others. Rooted in the 1990s Los Angeles and New York underground, her work continues to grow from three-decades study of African Diaspora dance. She is an assistant professor at University of Washington Bothell, where she co-directs Critical Acts: Socially Engaged Performance research group. 

Wall of Wow!

Thank you so much to the following supporters who have contributed to our Fractured Atlas Crowdfunding Campaign!
Listed in alphabetical order

Steve Connell

Kristin Damrow

Amber Donohoo

Melody Graham

Philippa Hughes
Alison & Joey Waldman

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