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Blue Mountain Center is a working community of writers, artists, and activists set in the heart of the Adirondacks, the largest state park in the continental U.S. As a part of our cultural commons, the center exists to provide a peaceful and comfortable environment in which guests are able to focus on their work, free from the distractions and demands of normal daily life.

During the summer and early fall, BMC offers three month-long residency sessions. Our Traditional Residency Program is open to activists, creative and non-fiction writers, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists who do not require exceptional facilities. Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee of accomplished authors and artists. The committee is particularly interested in fine work that evinces social and ecological concern and is aimed at a general audience.

Session dates for the 2014 Traditional Residencies are:

Session 1: June 13 - July 11
Session 2: July 18 - August 15
Session 3: September 19 - October 17

Blue Mountain Center also hosts conferences for up to 25 people during the spring and fall months. The purpose of the meetings is to bring together individuals working on pressing social problems such as civil liberties, environmental health and safety, peace, and economic justice.

BMC's application process is now completely digital. The application deadline for our 2014 Traditional Residency Program was February 1, 2014. Our next deadline is February 1, 2015.