agapolis + building 180 Artist-in-ResidencE PROGRAM | spring 2019 ApplicationS have closed

Agapolis + Building 180 have joined forces to bring a unique Artist-in-Residence program embedded in a purpose-driven community on 22 acres of rolling hills right outside of San Francisco.



Time + Space | Community + Collaboration | Artist Support

Situated on 22 acres of land in Portola Valley, California, Agapolis is a home, community, and gathering place for people contributing to the evolution of consciousness, culture, and systems.  The property is home to 13-person residential community, a 13,000 sq/ft. warehouse, and a  10,000sq/ft house including a cathedral performance space.

Agapolis has partnered with Building 180, an arts management and consulting agency based in San Francisco, California whose mission is to bring more art into the world by helping artists to maintain sustainable careers. 

The Agapolis + Building 180 program is designed to provide both a retreat and communal living experience amongst the artists-in-residents and the Agapolis community. Expanding on the emphasis of community and collaboration, we aim to bring together artists of different disciplines to work on a project (or projects) together.

We are seeking emerging and mid-career artists who share the core values of Agapolis: Community, Consciousness, Purposeful Work, Art, and Sustainability. The residency offers an Individual Program for singular artists in need of a place to develop their work, as well as a Collaborative Program for artists looking to partner with others. For the 8-week Spring 2019 residency, Purposeful Work will serve as the primary theme as we explore the intersection of art and activism.  Living in a time of ecological crisis and transforming political and economic systems, our role as individuals and community is to participate in creating a different reality for future generations. We invite artists to engage in this dialogue regarding system-level transformations via their work.

In light of the ever-growing list of crises crossing all borders and cultures, we would like artists during their time at Agapolis to address any broad or specific social concerns including, but not limited to themes surrounding human rights, sustainability, violence and beyond.  Throughout history, art has reflected its time. Art mirrors the aesthetic standard of the day and also provides a window into its current historical context. Works such as Andy Warhol’s, Big Electric Chair or Picasso’s Guernica serve as iconic reminders and powerful statements on social issues.  We hope to create a place artists feel empowered to provoke, to voice, to enlighten within the community framework.

"We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth." - John F. Kennedy

The Individual and Collaborative Programs will run in tandem. The Collaborative Program is where we hope to differ from other artist in residencies. We aim to bring together individual artists interested in exploring the collaborative process, “matching” them with other artists from different, yet skilled backgrounds. Together these artists have the opportunity to create something they may have not been able to achieve on their own.

Agapolis will host and promote an end-of-residence event to showcase artists’ work. Building 180 may offer ongoing management services to selected participating artists. All applications will be reviewed by Agapolis + Building 180.


  • 22 Acres of land to explore, including gardens, hiking trails, and a pool!

  • A large workspace within a beautiful, 13,000 sq/ft. communal warehouse

  • Cathedral performance space

  • Private living quarters

  • Access to a communal kitchen

  • Inclusion in Agapolis events and gatherings


  • All applicants must submit by the deadline

  • All applicants must be over 18

  • Artists will be asked to host a community workshop and/or private “show-and-tell”

  • Participation in the end-of-residence event/showcase

  • End-of-program exit interview to assist in the betterment of the program

  • The location is fairly remote, so we ask that artists have their own form of transportation if they anticipate needing to frequently leave the land


  • April 15, 2019 - Application closes

  • April 30, 2019 - Applicants notified of selection

  • June 1, 2019 - Residence begins

  • July 28, 2019 - Final showcase


Thank you in advance for your interest! If you have any questions please email us at,