Know Before You Go
PLAYA supports independent individuals by giving them the time and space to focus on their creative work and personal process. While at PLAYA, residents comprise a cohort that depends on the respect and good intentions of all for a positive experience.
Here are the RESIDENCY GUIDELINES that will help applicants better understand their responsibilities as residents and be more aware of the resources available at PLAYA.
Arrivals, Departure, and Transportation
PLAYA is notable for its isolation. Few people live in this part of the country, which makes it quiet, peaceful and difficult to find the services and items you may be accustomed to. Expect to be self-reliant, and plan on bringing any special supplies you may need. The towns that are within easy driving distance are very small: the population of Paisley is 250. Summer Lake and Silver Lake are considerably smaller. Do not expect to be able to buy more than the basic necessities in the local area.
Accepting a Residency means making a commitment to arrive on the first day, and remain at PLAYA through the last day of the residency you are awarded. Please arrive between noon and 4 p.m. on the first day (refer to your award notice for the exact date). When you arrive, park outside of the Commons, which is the biggest and most central building on the property, and step inside to begin your orientation.
If your arrival will be unexpectedly delayed, please let staff know as soon as possible by calling 541-943-3983.
If you are driving, DO NOT use Google maps, Mapquest or GPS devices to locate PLAYA; they are often inaccurate or unreliable. PLAYA is located on Highway 31 between mile markers 81 and 82, about 10 miles south of the Summer Lake Post office. If you are arriving in the winter months expect ice and snow. All-season tires, snow tires or carrying a set of chains is recommended.
Summer Lake Hot Springs, which is 11 miles south of PLAYA on Highway 31, has a website (www.summerlakehotsprings.com) that includes good driving directions from Bend, Eugene, Salem, Portland, Medford and Reno as well as helpful driving tips.
If you are flying, the nearest airport is Bend/Redmond (RDM), and is two and a half hours away by car. You will find rental car agencies at the airport. In addition, there is a shuttle service that will transport residents to PLAYA from the airport for around $175 (one way): Enviro Shuttle (541-598-5384, www.enviroshuttle.net).
You should plan to depart on the morning of the last Friday of your residency. Please refer to your invitation letter for the exact date. We request that you vacate studios and private living spaces no later than 11:00 a.m. Your consideration of this schedule is appreciated.
When you arrive, a PLAYA staff member will help you check into your living quarters and give you a brief orientation to the Commons building, including the kitchen, pantry, library and meeting rooms. Those residents requiring a studio will also be shown their specific workspace. On your first evening, all residents will gather for a welcome dinner in the Commons. A member of PLAYA staff will join you for dinner and will be on hand to answer any questions. A more in-depth orientation takes place the following morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Commons.
Meals & Food
At 6:00 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, PLAYA staff will prepare a full group meal. These meals take place in the Commons. Residents are encouraged but not required to share their projects and experiences with each other at these casual gatherings.
Residents’ Food and Drink
Other than the Monday and Thursday meals, residents are expected to prepare their own meals using the food and supplies they bring with them. You may prepare meals in the privacy of your own living quarters, or in the Commons kitchen. It is recommended that you arrive with at least enough food to feed yourself for two weeks. However, if you are missing an ingredient for one of your meals, PLAYA might have it on hand, so feel free to ask a staff member for assistance. In addition, there are often leftovers available from group meals, which everyone is encouraged to share.
PLAYA has a “BYOB” policy for alcohol. Beer and wine are for sale at the Summer Lake Store as well as spirits at the Paisley Mercantile, but selection is limited. If you want to have these beverages on hand, it is recommended that you bring them with you.
When you arrive you will be given an orientation booklet. It will contain a section that lists all the places to shop, eat, and fill your gas tank. Be advised, in a remote area prices tend to be higher than in larger surrounding towns, and selection is limited.
The town of Bend, Oregon, is 102 miles from PLAYA, approximately two hours away by car. If you fly into the Bend/Redmond airport you will drive through Bend on your way to Playa. In Bend you can find most of the food and supplies you need to provide for yourself at Playa. In fact, on the corner of Hwy 20 (also known as Greenwood Ave) and North 27th St., a Costco is located next to a Whole Foods and a Safeway.
One hour south of PLAYA in the town of Lakeview, Oregon, there is a Safeway.
Overall, we recommend that you plan ahead and bring most of the food you need. Once you are at PLAYA we can help you figure how and where to resupply when necessary. Should you find that the refrigerator and freezer in your living quarters are not adequate to store your perishable supplies, we should be able to accommodate extra food in the Commons.
We make every attempt to ensure that your living quarters and workspace are suitable for your needs. However, we cannot guarantee absolute satisfaction. PLAYA’s private living quarters and studios are unique and variable, and assigned with the intent to balance the needs of the residents with available space. Switching spaces is not possible. If your residency’s purpose or specific project requires overnight excursions off-site, these must have been described and explained in your application.
The Commons building is available to all residents 24 hours a day. There, residents share living, lounging and dining areas, kitchen, and laundry. PLAYA provides an iMac desktop computer in the Commons for the exclusive, shared use of residents for email and limited Internet access (please see the section on Internet Access in this document for details). In addition, a telephone is available in the Commons for residents to use, with free long-distance calls within the United States.
Studio Work Spaces
Studios are available to accommodate printmaking, ceramics, dance, music composition, visual and video arts, and certain areas of scientific research. Studios are equipped with worktables, chairs, stools, a utility sink, cabinets, shelving, anti-fatigue mats and track lighting. Blinds allow individuals to control the amount of outside light. Several walls in each studio are covered in fiberboard; nails, staples, etc. and metal stripping for use with magnets may be used to hang work-in-progress on these surfaces. Standard, stocked items for each studio are: cloth rags, stepladders, disposal bins and individual tool kits including hammers, pliers, wire cutters, a straight edge, levels, and an assortment of nails and brads. T-squares, heavy-duty extension cords, and a variable speed drill are available. Several small easels, and additional worktables are also available upon request. Upon arrival, PLAYA staff will orient each artist on proper hazardous waste disposal.
Residents are urged to bring an adequate stock of materials and supplies for their session. Please bring any tools or pieces of equipment needed on a continual basis. Bring your favorite art or tool supply catalog as well in case you need to mail order additional specialized supplies while at PLAYA. UPS and USPS are prompt in delivery.
Writers’ Work Spaces
All cabins have a desk and an office chair. Standard stocked desk items are: a stapler, push-pins, paper clips, a bulletin board, and a small bookcase. Writers are responsible for bringing their own writing tools, materials, and equipment, such as legal pads, laptops, printers, and plenty of paper.
Residents using electronic media to view, generate and print work need to bring their own hardware and software.
Safety and Security Precautions
The main door to each private living area has a lock, and each resident will be given a key upon request. PLAYA does not carry insurance on residents’ personal property. We urge you to have your own coverage, if you feel that you need it, as well as adequate health insurance.
Internet, Phone, and Mail
Internet Access at PLAYA
PLAYA provides an iMac desktop computer in the Commons building for shared use by residents. The shared computer has limited Internet access via satellite connection. Internet access is slow, can be uneven due to cloud cover, and has limited capacity for uploading and downloading data. In addition, data bandwidth available at PLAYA is limited. For these reasons, residents are asked to restrict their Internet use to emails and limited creative research. Streaming any type of visual or auditory material (including but not limited to radio and news programs, and streaming music, movies, or videos) will significantly slow down and potentially shut down any access to the Internet.
High Speed Wi-Fi Access Near PLAYA: The Lodge at Summer Lake (12 miles north of PLAYA) Residents can call the Lodge (541.943.3993) to arrange for any needs ahead of time. The Lodge operating hours vary throughout the year on no fixed schedule, so planning ahead is recommended. The Paisley Branch Library is located at 513 Mill St (next door to the Paisley Post Office) and is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WiFi signal can also usually be picked up just outside the building when the library is closed.
There is a telephone landline in the Commons building available to residents with free, unlimited long-distance calling within the U.S. Cellular reception is sporadic and unreliable at PLAYA. Cell phone reception varies from carrier to carrier, and type of phone can be a factor. Good cell phone coverage is available 10 miles south or north of PLAYA.
Residents’ Phone Number
For incoming long-distance calls from family and friends, the phone number is (541) 943-3983. This phone, the only landline at PLAYA, is located in the Commons building and is shared by all residents and PLAYA staff. There is no fax service at PLAYA.
Please give family, friends, and other correspondents the following address for mail delivery to you while at PLAYA: (Your Name), PLAYA Residency Program, 47531 Hwy 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640. Mail sent without your name and “PLAYA Residency Program” will take longer to get to you.
Supplies may be shipped one week in advance of your arrival via FedEx, UPS or USPS. (Note that FedEx delivers only a few days a week to the Summer Lake Valley.) Playa recommends USPS or UPS. Please be considerate of staff by packing your materials in boxes of a manageable size and weight. Your shipment will be held for you until you arrive. Whether you use FedEx, UPS, or USPS, use the street address: (Your Name), PLAYA Residency Program, 47531 Hwy. 31, Summer Lake, OR 97640.
The town of Paisley (population 250, located 17 miles south of PLAYA) has an ATM machine inside the Paisley Mercantile. You may use a credit or debit card with local merchants in Paisley, Summer Lake, and Lakeview. PLAYA does not provide check-cashing services and does not keep cash on hand.
There are gas stations in Summer Lake and in Paisley. There is AAA service at Summer Lake, however they come from either Bly or La Pine and take a few hours to arrive.
The Summer Lake basin, in which PLAYA is located, is subject to storms and high winds. In the summer months, the temperature ranges from close to 90 during the day to 50 at night. In winter, the average highs are in the low 40s to mid 30s, and the lows may dip well below freezing. All seasons can vary in temperature and level of precipitation. Don’t let the name fool you, winter comes to Summer Lake with gusto, and the wind can be strong in any season. If your residency is during the cold months (November through March), be sure your vehicle is equipped with appropriate tires.
Miles of trails and Forest Service roads offer varied views of the Summer Lake valley and are appropriate for walking, hiking and mountain biking. You may swim in the pond during warmer months. Winter residents can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. PLAYA has available canoes and paddles for use on the pond and two mountain bikes. Residents must bring all other outdoor gear. There are no gear rental stores in the immediate area.
At PLAYA, extreme weather changes may occur within the same day. Layers of clothing are the best way to meet the challenges of the changing weather. Residents are expected to arrive with adequate clothing for the duration of their stay. Comfortable walking shoes and hiking boots are handy. Sturdy, waterproof boots are a must during winter for access to the muddy lakebed.
Residents must uphold general standards of decorum and decency to insure a positive experience for themselves and each other. Residents are not allowed to visit one another’s studios or living quarters without an invitation. Music must be played at a considerate level. Quiet hours are observed from 10 pm to 7 am.
To ensure that everyone can enjoy a peaceful and productive residency, PLAYA has a zero-tolerance policy on activity that violates general standards of decorum and decency. The use of illegal drugs or the abuse of alcohol is prohibited. PLAYA does not provide alcohol, however residents may bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy and share. Firearms, fireworks, or any other explosive materials are not permitted on PLAYA property. Unwanted sexual overtures or disruptive behavior may lead to the immediate termination of your residency.
PLAYA is unable to accommodate residents’ pets. If you require a service animal, please disclose this information in your application so that we may accommodate you appropriately.
Smoking, Candles, Incense
PLAYA’s grounds and buildings are smoke free. Burning candles, incense, or other materials in or around your cabin is not permitted.
Playa amenities and facilities are intended for residents accepted through the selection process, and are not to be extended to family members, friends or other guests without prior permission from PLAYA staff. Residents may invite guests to visit during daytime hours between 8 am and 5 pm. Visitor requests should be kept to a minimum, and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Residents’ visitors must be accompanied by the resident at all times and are not allowed to stay overnight—no exceptions.
Living Quarters, Studio, and Workspace Maintenance
All living quarters, studios, and workspaces will be cleaned prior to your arrival. Your self-sufficiency at PLAYA includes looking after and keeping your living quarters, work or studio space, and linens clean during your stay. Cleaning supplies, including a vacuum, are available for you in your cabin, and washing machines and laundry soap are available in the Commons and the south laundry room. Residents are expected to clean their accommodations and workspaces before they depart.
PLAYA staff keeps shared spaces clean and maintained. However, we expect residents to tidy up after they use public spaces, including the Commons kitchen. PLAYA staff does not clean private living quarters when residencies are in session.
Facilities and Grounds Maintenance
PLAYA makes every effort to maintain its facilities at all times. Due to its physical setting, ongoing routine maintenance is required to keep ahead of the climatic impact. Spring through fall, we will be watering, planting, and mowing the grounds. Fall or spring means window washing and sometimes planting and mowing the grounds. Winter promises snow removal machinery on the roads and parking lots. Staff will try to accommodate special work times whenever possible.
Fire danger is very real at PLAYA. You will be told about the safe use of the fire pit outside the Commons and the outdoor BBQ grill. Campfires are not permitted anywhere on the property.
If you have questions about PLAYA’s facilities or policies before you arrive, please do not hesitate to send an email. We will be happy to assist you.