P. O. Box 428
06423 East Haddam
United States

I-Park Foundation, Inc.

Nurturing artists and the creative process – in the fine arts and in nature.

I-Park is both an open-air and a closed-studio laboratory for individual creative pursuits in the fields of music composition/sound art, the visual arts, architecture, moving image, creative writing and landscape/garden/ecological design. From insights developed in the laboratory setting, it also develops and sponsors specially-themed cross-disciplinary projects of cultural significance – and brings these discoveries to light in the public domain.

I-Park supports these individual and collaborative investigations through its international artists-in-residence program, the aesthetic engagement of its natural and built environments and with on-site exhibitions, performances and collegial exchanges.

Since its founding in 2001, I-Park has sponsored over 900 fully-funded artists’ residencies.


Founded in 2001 by Ralph Crispino, Jr. and Joanne Paradis, I-Park is a rural, retreat-type artists-in-residence program set within a 450-acre nature preserve in East Haddam, Connecticut. The I-Park Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 and became a noy-for-profit public charity in 2011. While the program is primarily focused on studio practice, nature serves as a peaceful, inspirational backdrop as well as a palette for aesthetic interventions. As of the end of 2022, I-Park had awarded over 1100 residencies to artists and designers from around the world.

I-Park offers three primary types of residencies: the General Residency Program, the Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale and our Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency.


The land itself is a major part of I-Park’s identity and plays an important role in the artists’ residency experience.

The I-Park landscape is varied, with ponds, vernal pools and pristine water courses, meadows, an abandoned gravel pit, miles of ancient stone walls, new growth forest, towering cliffs and a flourishing natural habitat. Over the years, a unique system of 27 art/nature trails have been created on the land – for the benefit of our artists-in-residence as well as to be shared with the public on Open Trails days.

The day after an artists’ group arrives for their residency, they are introduced to the land by taking a two-hour guided tour along select trails. The idea is to give them a basic lay of the land, a Sense of Place – but also a sense of confidence that, with the aid of a map, they can safely return to the wilderness when and if the spirit moves them. In reality, most artists spend the majority of their time working intensely in their studios. But many others venture beyond the studio for exercise and fresh air, foraging for mushrooms, contemplation – or simply to clear their heads or to dissolve a creative block.

As a result of this connection, many have been inspired to create artistic interventions within the landscape, thereby leaving their personal marks on the land and becoming part of the I-Park story. The process is even more endearing when nature, in response, embraces and gently transforms these creations in unpredictable ways.



I-Park offers three primary types of residencies: the General Residency Program, the Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale and our Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency.


Unconditional gift of time, space and fellowship; retreat-like setting; multidisciplinary mix; most sessions are four weeks in duration; 6-8 artists per session



Five to six composers create, in advance, new works that get to be workshopped and performed (three premiere concerts) by a prominent chamber ensemble during the course of a two-week onsite residency



Three-week residency: explore the land, find your perfect site and built a work that is responsive to the site; the program culminates in a lively opening exhibition, numerous subsequent trail walks; $3,500 artist’s fee



To preserve the privacy and security of our artists-in-residence, and to maintain a quiet, non-disruptive, retreat-like environment that’s conducive to the creative process, I-Park is not open to the general public except for the following activities:

  • Open Studios Events, typically programmed for the last Sunday of each artists’ residency session
  • Open Trails Days, when guests are invited to walk I-Park’s unique system of art/nature trails
  • Group tours that are scheduled in advance
  • Fundraising Events
  • Exhibitions, Concerts and Symposia

If you would like to visit I-Park, either individually or as part of a group, please contact the office well in advance. We will make every attempt to accommodate your request at an appropriate, mutually convenient time. Please note that pets are not permitted on the I-Park grounds.

For more information, please check our calendar of events or contact the office at info@i-park.org or 860-873-2468. We look forward to seeing you at I-Park!


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