Artist Retreat


The Creative Capital Artist Retreat provides an important platform for artists to present their projects, to network with artists, cultural producers and arts patrons, and to meet with expert consultants. From social events and networking opportunities to multi-day discussions and workshops, we believe in the power of uniting around groundbreaking and wild ideas.


2021 Artist Retreat

For the first time ever, the Creative Capital Artist Retreat will be virtual from June 23 and 24, 2021! This year we will honor the retreat’s legacy of a unique, multidisciplinary convening centered around thoughtful exchange, curiosity, and generosity. Through our virtual event, we will celebrate and foreground the forward-thinking ideas of Creative Capital Awardees, featuring more than 70 presentations by artists on their works in progress, including Legacy Russell, Jesse Krimes, Sandy Rodriguez, and Will Rawls. In addition, we will have cocktails on both evenings hosted by distinguished arts patrons and artists, including Lorraine O’Grady, Cassils, Fred Wilson, Edgar Arceneaux, Larissa FastHorse, and more.

Creative Capital supporters are invited to attend the retreat at a level of $5,000+. 100% of the donations for this year’s Artist Retreat will be designated for direct grant support to Creative Capital Awardees. If you are interested in becoming a donor, please contact [email protected] for more information.


2019 Artist Retreat

The 2019 Artist Retreat took place in June at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, with 70 artists gathering to make their Creative Capital Projects come to life with the help of more than 100 arts professionals who were in attendance. Awardees presented about their work covering a broad range of genres and subjects, from poetry dedicated to extinct species, to a puppet installation imagining the legacy of plastic, to a performance exploring a personal connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade—all representing a diversity of work by some of the most groundbreaking artists in the country.

Learn more about the gathering


Past Retreats

Watch presentations from the 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.

Watch presentations from the 2016 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.

Watch presentations from the 2015 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.

Watch presentations from the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.


The Dinners Project

In October 2018, Creative Capital launched the Dinners Project as part of For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, designed to encourage nuanced artistic thinking and organizing in politics nationwide.

Learn more about the Dinners Project.