Volunteer corps meets artistic collaboration. Grin City Collective, a subdivision of the Grinnell Area Arts Council, is dedicated to fostering new types of creative thinking and social impact for artists and non-artists alike.


What is Grin City?

Grin City Collective is an artist residency, a social practice art collaboration and a working farm all rolled into one program.

Built on a belief in interdisciplinary dialogue, Grin City brings together people from all walks of life to foster new types of creative thinking and social commitment. It transforms the traditional institution of "retreat" residencies. It transforms the way artists and social organizers approach creative ideas. It transforms the community.

From April - October, Grin City's residency program welcomes writers, visual and performance artists for stays of 2-6 weeks. Residents are provided housing and individual workspace on the Grin City farm complex a 1/2 mile north of the town of Grinnell, Iowa. Up to ten people can be a part of Grin City Collective at any point in time. Visit our residency page for details about upcoming sessions and projects.

In addition to their own creative work, artists and staff at Grin City work collaboratively on projects within the local rural communities. These projects have taken many forms including pop-up galleries, dinners, murals, dance parties, site-specific installations, and the annual Rurally Good art and music festival. Artists also learn about farm-to-table living working with Grin City's organic agriculture program, Middle Way Farm.

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.



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