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Co-Director & Founder | Tamalin Baumgarten
Co-Director | Meredith L
Head Chef | Claudine Lopes
First Mate | Hannah Ludlow
2022 Intern | Amy Harr
Mission Statement

The Cuttyhunk Island Artists' Residency was created in 2017 and has brought more than 100 artists to Cuttyhunk's shores.


CIAR is dedicated to providing artists the time and setting to refocus their energy on their creative process within a supportive community environment, while enriching the cultural vitality of Cuttyhunk Island.

We are a program of the non-profit, the Marilyn Snow House Foundation, which stewards the Avalon Inn for the purpose of benefiting Cuttyhunk.

Mission Statement
Job Openings
Job Openings
CIAR Residency Coordinator


Job Type: Independent Contractor - Full time for two, 9 day sessions per year 

Dates of Commitment: September 3 - 12, 2023; June (exact dates TBD), 2024

Location: Cuttyhunk, MA

Compensation: September 2023 - $1000, June 2024 - $1500 (plus travel expenses covered)

Application Due: June 15th, 2023 

Application Materials: cover letter, resume, and two references

Please note: A gmail address is required to fill out the application form. Please contact if you have any questions.

CIAR seeks a warm, self-motivated person to run day-to-day operations of two seasonal week-long artist programs on Cuttyhunk Island. The Residency Coordinator will be responsible for pre-residency preparations and setup, overseeing the day-to-day operations during the residency weeks, and assisting with the needs and requests of the participating artists. The Residency Coordinator will arrive one day before and remain on island one day after the participants attend to facilitate the set-up and break down of the residency.


The Residency Coordinator will set the tone for a welcoming and inclusive experience, as a friendly and approachable leader who considers group dynamics and needs. The Coordinator may also have to problem-solve within the resource-limited environment and should be comfortable with the slightly rugged existence of island life.


Amidst CIAR’s great team, which includes CIAR’s Co-Directors, the Avalon Innkeeper, and the Residency Chefs, the Residency Coordinator will receive ample training, support, and assistance prior to and during their first residency (September 2023) in preparation for running future residencies. At least one team member will be available to assist the Coordinator in carrying out the essential functions listed below.  

Staff-housing adjacent to the Avalon Inn will be provided, along with three meals a day with the participants.  Staff have time each day (especially after the first two days of the residency) to explore and enjoy all the benefits of the beautiful and historic island, as well as attend the artistic programming of the residency! 


Essential Tasks:

  • Set-up pre-residency: shop for breakfast groceries and supplies to bring to the island; arrive a day early to prepare the Avalon Inn for artists; arrange indoor and outdoor furniture and supplies; print welcome packets 

  • Orient artists on arrival day: set out refreshments; greet the artists arriving on the island at the boat; communicate with the Avalon Innkeeper for luggage transport to the inn; lead welcome meeting; and orient the artists to the house, grounds, and island

  • Manage day to day operations: give schedule announcements at meal times; coordinate with the chefs on a daily basis; prepare and manage breakfast each morning; prepare signup sheets for dish duty

  • Manage special event: greet boat to pick up visiting artists and musician; set up the event space for artist lectures and music nights; manage the group setup and break down of the end-of-week Art Show

  • Organize departure day: coordinate luggage and transportation to the ferry; say farewell to artists; final clean-up



  • Prior experience with group facilitation required (working as a classroom teacher, camp counselor, coach, etc)

  • Must be comfortable working with a group of people with a range of ages and needs, with a warm social manner

  • Must be willing to learn and problem-solve on the job

  • Must be comfortable walking regularly, climbing stairs, kneeling, lifting at least 30 pounds

  • Have a driver's license (and preferably access to a vehicle)

  • Preference for someone local to New Bedford (or within driving distance)

  • Preference for someone interested in the arts


Our highest priority is finding the best candidate for the job. Research has shown that people of color and women are less likely to apply for jobs if they don't believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our described qualifications or you have a less traditional background.

About Cuttyhunk Island Artists' Residency


Cuttyhunk Island Artists’ Residency is a residency for visual artists on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, accessible by ferry from New Bedford. CIAR offers two, week-long sessions each year, one in June and one in September, that take place in the historic Avalon Inn, with three home-cooked meals a day. Each session invites 12 visual artists to be inspired by the island's natural beauty, develop their work, learn from each other, and gain tools for maintaining a sustainable art career.

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