Restoration Residencies

Restoration Residencies: Restoring New Orleans One Artist At A Time

In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, A Studio in the Woods created month-long Restoration Residencies for New Orleans visual artists, musicians, composers, writers and performing artists who lost their homes, studios and/or work in the hurricane and were either displaced in other cities and communities or back home in New Orleans without resources. Eligible artists needed to have residency (or had residency and intended to return) in the New Orleans metropolitan area. These residencies provided lodging, food, studio space and a $3000 stipend.

Restoration Residencies were funded in part by the Alliance of Artists Communities, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Ford Foundation, Acadiana Arts Council, Allen Gerson of the Art and Artists Restoration Fund, New Orleans Our Hometown, and Howard Read of the Cheim & Read Gallery. Supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.


Jason Chaffin, installation artist and musician

Jenny Kahn, painter

Monique Moss, choreographer and dancer

Valentine Pierce, writer

Yvette Sirker, playwright, director, and actor


Jane Hill, sculptor

Christy Speakman, multi media and conceptual artist

Elizabeth Underwood, multi-media and conceptual artist

Monique Michelle Verdin, photographer


ArtSpot Productions, theatre troupe

Gianna Chachere, filmmaker

Jon Gross, composer

Brigham Hall, composer

Raymond “Moose” Jackson, poet

Michel White, composer