Initiated in the fall of 2013, under the direction of teaching artist Andrea Cote, the Young Artist Residency Project (YARP) is an education initiative at The Watermill Center giving students of The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center, ages 8 – 12, the opportunity to experiment in art practices at The Watermill Center. YARP students engage weekly with international Artists-in-Residence, The Robert Wilson Archive and The Watermill Center Collection, library, building and grounds. Drawing inspiration from The Watermill Center’s mission, YARP focuses on experience through artistic process, creating unique investigations and expanding students’ artistic awareness and developing the artistic self.

In 2014, the Young Artist Residency Project participants had the opportunity to present their work at the Sara Nightingale Gallery alongside one of Watermill’s Artist-in-Residence Jayoung Chung in “Faces: Me, You and Everybody”. In January of 2015, the Young Residents presented “The Life of a Puppet” alongside Artist-in-Residence Jose Carlos Casado and local Springs artist Christa Maiwald. [See photos from the 2014 YARP Exhibition Open | The Life of a Puppet]. In May of 2015, YARP presented their finished work with puppets at The Center in a short performance for the public. [See photos from the 2015 YARP Performance]. 

Watch our video project from made in collaboration with 2015 Artists-in-Residence Cuerpo Indisciplinado

About The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center

The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center was born out of tragedy in 1949, when a house fire killed the untended children of migrant farm workers. The community rallied to find the first, community-based migrant childcare center in the country. The Center continues to serve the less fortunate on the East End and offers an After-School Enrichment Program, a low-cost summer camp, Youth Programs and Adult Development services, such as ESL and GED. It also hosts Head Start for preschoolers from as far away as Montauk and Westhampton. For more information about The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center visit:

If you are interested in receiving more information about The Watermill Center’s educational programs, please contact Andrea Cote at

The Watermill Center’s Education Programs engage children as artists in their own right. Your gift will make a lasting impact on future artists, performers, researchers and students who come to The Watermill Center to learn and create.


Click here to view images from the February 2016 exhibition Team Spirit.