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Pocoapoco hosts 4-6 residents per month in our centrally located home in Oaxaca City.  Previous residents have included writers & journalists, musicians & fine artists, architects & designers, researchers & Ph.D candidates, chefs & botanists, arts administrators & social workers, as well as lawyers, educators, performers and others. Please read more about our residency and mission HERE.

Our residents work almost completely independently on their proposed project or research. General research assistance, orientation and suggestions for local resources are available prior to the residency, upon arrival and through optional meetings with staff and partners. 

Residents meet one-on-one at the beginning and end of their stay to define plans for / reflect on their time at the residency. We meet as a group for weekly talks from local artists, as well as for bi-weekly meals and conversation with fellow residents, local partners and friends. Casual breakfast is served daily on weekdays.  Residents each have the opportunity to share previous and / or current work / research during their stay through various resident gatherings and for final presentations.

We assist with project development and research as much as possible to create a platform of support, conversation, reflection and accessibility.  That said, all needs and desires are not always possible to access and the primary work does lie in the hands of resident themselves.  

Applicants are encouraged to consider (both on application and during their stay) how their work or research will interact with Oaxaca as a place, community and culture, and to reflect on their role and responsibility as a an artist or researcher learning and working in a new location.  

These independent residencies include varied participation in ongoing short-term residency events, lectures, discussions and dinners.  

Please read more about our former residents and their work here.


May 30- June 23rd 2019 (application due December 1)

July 8- August 12 2019 (Extended 5 week session — application due December 1)

September 9- September 30, 2019

October 8-29, 2019

November 5-26, 2019

December 2-23, 2019


Residents are housed in private apartments within a larger, beautifully renovated Oaxacan home, which includes shared workspace and outdoor area.   Each space is of a different size and offers slightly different amenities which may be more or less beneficial to areas of work / study.  

el pochote is situated on the west side of the courtyard. It has a bedroom with a separate dining / kitchen area and a small work table.  It has is a private bathroom and basic kitchen.  This is recommended for those who would like a little more living or work space.  

a voladora is on the roof and opens onto the terrace.  It is a single room with a private bathroom, small desk and beautiful view. It has a camping stove and small fridge.  This is recommended for writers and researchers who do not need a large space for movement or creation. 

la cocinera is a private bedroom situated on the east side of the courtyard, connecting to a private bathroom as well as a full kitchen shared with la guadalupe.

la guadalupe is a large spacious private bedroom with high ceilings situated on the east side of the courtyard. It shares a full kitchen with la cocinera and has a shared bath.

la cocinera and la guadalupe are the best space for residents interested in cooking, though the large prep table can also be used for other types of work.  These two spaces are also perfect for collaborating artists.

el estudio is a live / workspace with ceiling high windows, elevated sleeping area, a huge worktable, small kitchen area, and private bathroom.  This room faces onto the street and it can be noisy.  While this usually works as a common space, occasionally it is used for residents with a studio practice or those who need more table / workspace.  



We encourage innovative and varying interests, projects and research topics.  

Collaborators are welcome to apply together.  Please fill out individual applications for each resident / collaborator.  

We look forward to learning more about your work!  Contact or with any questions.   



Residency costs fall between $900-$1200 / per resident depending on room choice.

We are a small operation that does not receive external funding support. Residency fees are priced to cover overhead costs. Though we are able to offer limited funding opportunities, we strongly encourage all interested applicants and accepted residents to look into outside resources SUCH AS THESE to help fund their residency.   

We offer scholarships when possible. Please note in your application if you are in need of a scholarship.

Please contact for more information.   

50% deposit due upon confirmation of attendance.  Final deposit will be due one month before the program.  Deposits are non-refundable.

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