AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines. We provide the time and space necessary for the development of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices. 


AIR Serenbe is a unit of The Serenbe Institute. We seek to fuse art and cultural content to further The Serenbe Institute’s mission to explore, embrace and expand the connection between nature, culture and the art of living.

Since 2007, AIR Serenbe has championed the creative process by providing artists with uninterrupted time and space and a welcoming community in which to create. AIR Serenbe is based in the Serenbe community, a thousand acre progressive development in the Chattahoochee Hill Country, just south of the Atlanta airport. As a unit of the Serenbe Institute, AIR Serenbe brings people together through arts, culture, and the stewardship of the environment.  AIR Serenbe is particularly interested in how having artists working in a community contributes to a sense of place. It is our belief that artists help see our worlds all over again for the first time. In this way, they help us create a deeper appreciation of place for us all.  

AIR Serenbe programs consist of the Focus Fellowships, individual residencies that focus on a specific mission determined by the benefactor, and Project Residencies, a residency program with strategic partners to create new works. 

Our Programs

Focus Fellowships

We support artists of every discipline through our Focus Fellowship awards, nominated annually by our National Advisory Council — esteemed peers and experts in the field. Focus Fellowships provide the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to directly support artists and their influence on building healthy, creative communities. Funders of these awards have the chance to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artists the fellowship will serve. 


The Focus Fellowship provides:

  • One-month at Serenbe
  • Housing and studio space in a Rural Studio cottage
  • Up to $1500 stipend
  • Speaking of Making event
  • A dinner at a private home, typically with the funder
  • Invitations to do a workshop/ performance

The Focus Fellowship does not provide:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Materials

2017 Focus Fellowships:

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Frances Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the
American South.

Anonymously funded
Recipient: Ray Christian

SWACC! Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment
to community and collaboration.

Funded by Gil & Jeny Mathis
Recipient: Eve Ewing

Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline making work
for young children.

Funded by The Institute for Child Success and
Reach Out and Read SC
Recipient: Amy Huntington

Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work explores the integration of health, wellness, and the creative process.
Funded by Kathryn Grams and John Hinman through University
of West Georgia School of the Arts

Recipient: Shira Erlichman

Shy Jones Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a lyricist who is making work for and about children and childhood.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan
Recipient: Bright Son (Bryson Rollins)

Seikilos Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a composer.
Funded by Lynn Eden
Recipient: Michael Kurth

Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a picture book artist.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan
Recipient: Brendan Wenzel

CoEsistere Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work
explores human population growth and its impact
on wildlife.

Funded by J&J FamilyShip Foundation
Recipient: Adam Frelin

Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an AIR Serenbe Alumni artist who will bring
their family along for a residency.

Funded by John Paddock and Karen Schwartz
Recipient: Paul Villinski and Amy Park

Jogger 5K Focus Fellowship                                                                Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline with work featured                  Awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores
on the Jogger 5K course route.                                                            the experience of childhood and growing up.
Funded by Edgar Allan                                                                          Funded by Teresa Dau and Miranda McMillan
Recipient: Brutal Studio                                                                         Recipient: Laurel Snyder | Linda Lee McDonald



Project Residencies

Project Residencies are partnerships between AIR Serenbe and other organizations to support the creation of innovative new works. 

2017 Project Residency partners are Serenbe Playhouse, ArtsATL, Atlanta Science Festival, Derrick Brown, and Anna & Elizabeth.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

National Advisory Council

Janice Barton (CHAIR) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Performance Plus
Brian McGrath Davis General Manager, Blakely Ventures, Spanx
Erin Dougherty Head of Public Programs & Community Engagement, High Museum of Art
Lynn Eden Chair of Education Committee, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Shannon Green Co-Founder, Indie Craft Experience; Artist
Hugh Latta Vice President, Ferry-Latta Designers; Founder & Chairman, Design Continuum; Adjunct Professor of Design, Auburn University
Michelle Mason (TREASURER) Global Corporate Payment Solutions Lead, Pfizer
Steve McKenzie Co-Owner, Steve McKenzie's
Lisa Moore Principal, The Moore Firm
Josh Niesse Owner, Underground Books and Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
Lorrie Thomas Ross CEO, Web Marketing Therapy, Inc.
Mary Savarese (SECRETARY) Formerly of Morgan Stanley, UBS, Macy's
Jen Soong Independent Writer & Editor
Paul Stockman Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Sandra Storrar (VICE CHAIR) Associate Broker, Atlanta Fine Homes Realty
Tom Swanston (PAST CHAIR) Artist, StudioSwan LLC
Joe Waters Co-Founder & CEO, Capita; Senior Advisor, Openfields
Kristen Miller Zohn Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Laura Rogers Museum of Art

Alex Acosta Co-Founder and Executive Director, Soul Food Cypher / GA
Matt Arnett Curator & Music Producer / GA
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz Nonfiction Writer & Poet / TX
Diane Capriola Founder and Owner, Little Shop of Stories / GA
Blue Delliquanti Cartoonist and Creator of O Human Star / MN
Julie Delliquanti Director of Education and Interpretation, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University / CA
Jessica Derrick Senior Vice President: Brand Development and Creative Services, Garden & Gun / SC
Angela DiTerlizzi Children's Book Author / MA
Gary Garrison Playwright; Former Executive Director, The Dramatist Guild / NY
George Dawes Green Founder, The Moth / NY
Ali Imad Fadlallah Singer/Songwriter; Founder/CEO, Rima Records / CA
Leslie King-Hammond Graduate Dean Emeritus & Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture / MD
Michael Kaufmann Founder & Owner, This Is Meru / IN
Akua F. Kouyate-Tate Senior Director: Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts / VA
Sarah Kay Spoken Word Poet; Founder/Co-Director, Project VOICE / NY
Michael Lucker Screenwriter; Professor of Screenwriting, Emory University / GA
Wiley Miller Cartoonist and Creator of Non Sequitur / GA
Judy Newman Executive Vice President, Scholastic / NY
Hunter O'Hanian Executive Director and CEO, College Art Association / NY
Jeremiah Ojo Managing Director, Creative Milieu Consulting Group / GA
Virginia Prescott Host & Producer, Word of Mouth Radio & Podcast / NH
Rio Sakairi Artistic Director, The Jazz Gallery / NY
Jana La Sorte Founder/Creative Director, Ambassadora / NY
Robert Spano Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival & School / GA & CO
Anna Walker Skillman Owner, Jackson Fine Art / GA
Daren Wang Founder and Executive Director, AJC Decatur Book Festival / GA
Kristen Miller Zohn Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art / GA & MS


Brandon Hinman Executive Director
Michael Bettis Operations Manager


We are a proud member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.