Chiquita Mullins Lee, Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship recipient, in Cove Studio

Year-End Giving

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Hambidge is a place of inspiration, where ideas take shape
and grow into stories that capture your heart, performances that take your breath away, art that enriches your soul, music that lifts your spirit, food that warms your body, and science that fires up your neurons.

Another year is quickly drawing to a close, and there is no better time to thank you, our donors, artists and volunteers, all dear and exceptional friends. We are lucky to have you, and there are so many wonderful accomplishments in 2016 for us to celebrate. (Keep reading below for a fun “By The Numbers” summary.)

Here are some highlights on what was new this year:
  • launched residency scholarships supporting scientists, culinary artists, educators and veterans
  • secured a residence for collaborative residencies & welcomed residents with their children
  • presented dynamic summer programming in Atlanta and fall workshops at Hambidge
  • took new environmental strides to support the eco-system

We also launched an important campaign to renovate the kitchen in Lucinda’s Rock House. Lucinda Bunnen hosted a kick-off luncheon this fall to share plans of reimagining the space lovingly named “Kendrick’s Kitchen.” This iconic Nationally Registered Historic Building is where residents gather for cherished dinners and its importance can be illustrated in Virginia Wolf’s words, “One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

On to the great outdoors, we also tipped our hat to the past, welcoming sheep to Hambidge for the first time in many years. You may “adopt” these six woolly ambassadors – name them, visit them, as well as care and provide food for them. This is the perfect holiday gift for someone, of any age, who has everything. Truly a gift that continues to give throughout the year! (Update: All of our sheep have now been adopted.)

As we look forward to 2017, we are excited to share a once-in-lifetime opportunity on Monday, August 21st. A total solar eclipse, passing directly over Rabun Gap, will provide the perfect time to welcome everyone to Hambidge for a carefully curated art and farm-to-table experience and celebration, culminating with the eclipse. More information will be available in late spring.

The kitchen, sheep and the eclipse are all fun ways to support Hambidge, but we need and welcome your support in so many ways. An unrestricted year end gift is crucial to our success and deepens the impact of what has always been our authentic core, providing a place to nurture creativity of all disciplines while protecting the environment and preserving our 600-acre campus, which is on the National Register of Historic Places as a rural historic district.

Many organizations will call upon you this time of the year. We would be honored for your support, and we wish you and yours all the best this holiday season.

Respectfully yours,


Doug Foltz                 Kirk Rich                           Joe Staley                             Jamie Badoud
Board Chair               Development Chair           Development Director           Executive Director

& The Hambidge Center Board of Trustees
Cyndae Arrendale, Terri Cameron, Lucinda Chapman, Steve Clark, Bethany Collins, George Cooke, Dallas Denny, Jesica Eames, Elizabeth Feichter, Jennifer Garrett, Sarah Gillespie, Laura Heard, Arturo Lindsay, Lindsey Mann, Bethanne Matari, Kirk Rich, Paula Francis Rogers, Michael Rooks, Jane Fickling Skinner, Mary Callan Thomas, Marcia Weber, Kathy Williams, Woodie Jones Wisebram, Lucinda Bunnen (Trustee Emerita), Helen Meadors (Trustee Emerita)

2016 Annual Giving Opportunities

To donate online, click on one of the following opportunities. All donations are tax-deductible.

Annual Fund Support - all amounts are appreciated 
Residency Support -
all amounts are appreciated   
Land Conservation - all amounts are appreciated
Donation in honor of Lucinda’s Rock House for Kendrick’s Kitchen -
all amounts are appreciated
The Anagama Program -
all amounts are appreciated
Sponsor a 1 week residency - $1,500
Sponsor a 2 week residency - $3,000
Sponsor a Distinguished Fellowship - ($3,500) A Distinguished Fellowship offers a scholarship with a generous stipend for any directed creative discipline, geographic area, demographic, etc. You are also afforded a naming opportunity to honor or memorialize the person or group of your choosing. Please contact Kate Warner at 678-612-7027 or for details.

If you would prefer to make a donation by check or credit card by mail, click here to download a printable form, and mail it to:  Hambidge, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. Or you may call 706-746-7324.

To find out more about other Giving Opportunities click here.

2016 Hambidge – By The Numbers

Home to 152 residents, from 23 to 80 years old, representing 31 states and 4 countries, selected from over 1,000 applicants - plus a 3 year old who accompanied his single mom, a dancer from Philadelphia

4 meals a week for each resident, totaling 1408 Homemade Hambidge dinners! And we planted a garden to help with the feeding!

Secured a new studio, leasing a beautiful 4 bedroom home with private lake on 21 acres that abuts Hambidge property

Arts in the Vineyard with 10 arts & musical performances plus 4 installations in Atlanta (all offered free to the public)

10 Public Artist Talk Events including over 50 artists-in-residence, and 10 Nature Hikes

3 Gallery Shows including over 114 artists and commissioned 5 site-specific art projects on the property

Art Auction & Gala with more than 400 artworks and 5 curated installations enjoyed by more than 1,400 attendees

Festival with over 30 attractions, performances and installations with full access to the property

4 ceramic workshops + 1 knitting workshop and 2 Anagama Kiln Firings

5 Scholarship Soirees sharing Hambidge history and art while raising funds

New partnerships with AT&T, CHUBB, Kevin Rathbun, PNC, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Whitespace Gallery, Forward Arts Foundation, Lilith, AIR Serenbe, Orpheus Brewing, ART PAPERS, ArtsATL, The Bitter Southerner

Made payments to 175 artists for art sales, stipends and performances, including 28 Distinguished Fellowships

Planted 500 milkweeds to save butterflies, released 1000 beetles to save hemlocks, performed aquatic bio-monitoring to continue our preservation of the eco-system, and welcomed 6 new sheep to honor our heritage

A patron trip to the Hudson Valley to fund site-specific artwork on Hambidge property