As an emerging community-based organization, Azule has developed a residency program for performers, writers, architects, builders, musicians, and artists of all types. Located on 35 rural acres in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, our facility is the result of decades of work by local craftsmen, using predominantly locally harvested or reused materials and constructed with traditional techniques.
Residents are each provided either a private room or a dormitory bed, a separate workspace, and expansive views of our Appalachian mountains. The remainder of the structure is communal and includes a full kitchen, dining area, library, and various side rooms and open spaces that serve as work space, gathering space, and studio space as needed.
We invite residents to join us to enjoy a retreat from everyday life where there is time and space to relax, dream, and create.
Number of Residents: 1-3. Due to the number of bedrooms at Azule, and in order to provide each resident with ample space to work, we only accept 1-3 residents at any point in time. If you would specifically like to apply for a time frame where you will be at Azule at the same time as another resident, please indicate this on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Residency Rates: One private room is $45 per night. Double occupancy (resident +1) is $67.50 a night. Residents also have a more affordable option of spending $35 per night in one of the bunk beds. Please inquire about group rates or retreat reservations.
Application Deadlines: We accept and process applications throughout the year. We welcome you to apply anytime.
Other Notes: In addition to hosting artist residencies, Azule occasionally hosts shorter events such as potlucks and weekend skillshares. These events can bring in larger groups that will share the Azule space for the duration of the event. Artists in residence are welcome and encouraged to join in on these events
Work Trade: We have a small work trade program available to help offset the costs for qualifying residents. The hours are available to residents that are coming to Azule for a minimum of 2 weeks. We have a total of 12 hours/month at a rate of $12.50/hr. These hours are distributed among the applicants requesting assistance each month.
Information For Your Stay At Azule & Things To Know About Hot Springs
WHAT TO BRING
Clothes: Warm clothes for every season, even summer nights! Pack with your best “onion style” mountain fashion in mind. Having many layers is the best way to ensure that you are always comfortable.
Linens: We provide one sheet set and one towel for each resident. If extra sheets or towels are desired, please plan on packing them! We provide blankets but feel free to bring sleeping bags for extra warmth in the winter.
Groceries: Groceries; Hot Springs has only a Dollar General and a couple small convenience stores with very little produce or selection. The local outfitters store has a small food section with some health/natural foods and cheeses. Marshall, 30 minutes away, has one standard grocery store and one small but decently stocked natural foods shop. In Asheville (1 hour drive) a large selection of grocery and natural foods shops exist. We provide basic things like spices, oil & vinegar and teas. If you are not arriving with your own vehicle, please plan on arranging for your shuttle driver to stop at the grocery store on your way to Azule. If you will be staying at Azule for longer than one week, there are options for purchasing more groceries! We have a number of board members, staff, and neighbors who head in to town on a regular basis and often are happy to bring along a resident for a grocery or town trip. Many of our residents have really enjoyed this mode of transportation as they get the opportunity to speak with artists and neighbors in the area. We don't plan these trips ahead of time or have scheduled days that town trips happen, but Camille (our fantastic Azule host who lives just 40 feet from Azule's main building) will be happy to help coordinate these trips upon your arrival.
Gas: Make sure you fill up your gas tank before arriving in Hot Springs. Gasoline costs more out here!
Other: In the summer months you may wish to bring insect repellent.
COMPUTER and PHONE ACCESS
Computer: A Mac computer is available for use. It has Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.
Printer/Scanner/Copier: There is a color printer/scanner/copier available. If you are printing more than 3-5 pages, we ask for 25 cents per page color, or 10 cents for black and white to help us cover ink and paper costs.
Internet: We provide decent WiFi almost all of the time for all residents at Azule. We have purchased what is the only option available in the remote area we are located, so please be aware that it may not be like what you are used to! The speed can be fast, but can also be frustratingly slow at times. It works almost all of the time, but when there is a storm (and occasionally quite inexplicably) it can be unavailable until weather clears. We think that this is a lovely blessing and chance to find all of the OTHER types of magic that exist at Azule. Distance from constant technology can be quite a wonderful addition to your Azule experience!
We do understand that internet can be necessary at times. Do not expect to be able to upload or download large files, to watch Netflix, or stream music, but do expect to send and receive emails and do basic searches and visit most web pages. If you prefer to have music during your stay, we recommend bringing your ipod, mp3 player or CDs etc streaming music via our satellite internet connection can prove very frustrating in addition using up a lot of data...We do have limits on the amount of data that residents may use each week (500 megabytes per week). You may purchase extra "priority data" (fast download speeds) for $10/additional gigabyte.
Phone and Cell Phones: A shared landline is available for residents for calls within the United States only. Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular providers do receive service at Azule, though internet etc may not be available on your phone. Other providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile do NOT have service at Azule.
RULES & PROCEDURES
Transportation: There is no public transportation including buses available to Azule from Asheville or neighboring towns. Asheville, which is one hour away, will be the closest you can expect to get using public transportation. Beyond that, a car will be necessary. Uber and other taxi services are available for transportation. Azule also has a list of friends in the area that may be able to provide shuttling services from the Asheville airport and bus station. You may access this list in the Resident Portal under the shuttle transportation tab. Please note that it is the responsibility of the resident and driver to confirm prices and times with each other, as Azule is not a part of this service beyond offering contact information. The price for a shuttle to Azule from the Asheville airport ranges from $75-$110 one way. Azule does not guarantee this service or provide insurance in any way, but we do only give out phone numbers of those we trust and have been responsible drivers for our residents in the past!
Laundry: Due to water conservation efforts and current drought conditions, we no longer offer use of laundry facilities. There is a laundry mat available in Hot Springs. If you do not plan to drive to Azule, we will help you figure out arrangements for getting into town to take care of laundry.
Recycling: Yes, we recycle! All, glass, plastic, and paper can be recycled by placing in the appropriate receptacles (provided). Even compost is collected to be sent to our neighbor for delicious additions to his pigs' supper!
Smoking: In consideration for all guests, smoking is strictly prohibited in the Azule house. Smoking is permitted outside of the building with proper disposal of cigarettes.
Showers: Please do not plan on taking luxuriously long showers. Our spring water is a resource that we must respect!
Thermostat:Azule has been carefully designed to use multiple solar and thermal mass principles for efficient heating and cooling. In summer, the basement remains cool and the rest of the house comfortable, but there is no air conditioning. In winter, the house is kept at approximately 65 degrees, so bring warm clothing! The wood stove (maintained by Camille or staff for safety reasons) is often the main source of heat, supplemented by a propane heater in the central area and the bathroom.
Candles: Candles or any other potential fire hazards such as incense are prohibited in Azule.
Pets Policy: Pets are not allowed at Azule. Specific arrangements may be made for service animals. Please contact us in advance with any questions.