What is Grin City?

Grin City Collective, a project space and artist residency on a working farm, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among artists and makers of all sorts and engages in public programming for diverse audiences.

From April - October, Grin City's artist residency program welcomes writers, visual and performance artists for stays of 3 or 6 weeks. Residents are provided housing and individual studio space on the Grin City farm complex a 1/2 mile north of the town of Grinnell, Iowa. Up to nine people can be a part of Grin City Collective at any point in time, with over 40 artists visiting annually.

Visit our residency page for details about upcoming sessions and projects.

In addition to receiving creative time and space, artists may elect to work collaboratively with Grin City staff on social practice and public art projects within the local communities. These projects have taken many forms including pop-up galleries, dinners, murals, dance parties, site-specific installations, and new public sculptures. Artists can also elect to learn about farm-to-table living with our Farm Outreach Program working with Grin City's organic Middle Way Farm.

Learn about this year's upcoming outreach.

Thanks to its expanding residency program, Grin City has also attracted a cohort of creative minds within the local community. Year-round this group experiments with the intersection of contemporary art, maker-culture and rural living. The results of their work can be found throughout town: in the Grinnell Art Gallery, at the farmer's market, Relish restaurant, and Grinnell College.

Learn about Grin City's new direction and programming.