Our mission is to promote the creative process by providing artists of the highest calibre uninterrupted time & space and a welcoming
community in which to create.


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
  • $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

Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an author and illustrator whose work
explores the experience of childhood and growing up.

Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan
Recipient: Raina Telgemeier

Jogger 5K Focus Fellowship                                                         
Awarded to an artist of any discipline with work featured
on the Jogger 5K course route.

Funded by Edgar Allan
Recipient: Brutal Studio

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


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 Director of Business Development, Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives at Scoutmob
Erin Dougherty Head of Public Programs & Community Engagement, High Museum of Art
Lynn Eden Chair of Education Committee, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
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
Mary Savarese Formerly of Morgan Stanley, UBS, Macy's
Jen Soong Founder & Curator, Root City Market; Founder SOMA Goods; Independent Writer & Editor
Sandra Storrar (VICE CHAIR) Associate Broker, Atlanta Fine Homes Realty
Tom Swanston (PAST CHAIR) Artist
Joe Waters Executive Vice President, Institute for Child Success
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
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz Nonfiction Writer & Poet
Diane Capriola Founder and Owner, Little Shop of Stories
Blue Delliquanti Cartoonist and Creator of O Human Star
Julie Delliquanti Director of Education and Interpretation, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Jessica Derrick Senior Vice President: Brand Development and Creative Services, Garden & Gun
Angela DiTerlizzi Children's Book Author
George Dawes Green Founder, The Moth
Leslie King-Hammond Graduate Dean Emeritus & Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture
Sarah Kay Spoken Word Poet; Founder/Co-Director, Project VOICE Michael Lucker Screenwriter; Professor of Screenwriting, Emory University
Mark Masuoka Executive Director and CEO, Akron Art Museum
Wiley Miller Cartoonist and Creator of Non Sequitur
Judy Newman Executive Vice President, Scholastic
Hunter O'Hanian Executive Director and CEO, College Art Association
Jeremiah Ojo Managing Director, Creative Milieu Consulting Group
Rio Sakairi Artistic Director, The Jazz Gallery
Jana La Sorte Founder/Creative Director, Ambassadora
Robert Spano Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival & School
Anna Walker Skillman Owner, Jackson Fine Art
Daren Wang Founder and Executive Director, AJC Decatur Book Festival
Kristen Miller Zohn Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art 


Brandon Hinman Executive Director
Michael Bettis Operations Manager


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