There are many ways to contribute to the community of artists The Watermill Center continues to foster. Support of individual campaigns at The Watermill Center, including our annual Garden, Library and Mentor campaigns, allows us to maintain our grounds and gardens, expand our study library, and sponsor young artists from around the world.

For more information, please email

photo © Kristian Kruuser

Your continued support is vital to our mission. At The Watermill Center, artists live with an awareness of what happened in the past – drawing inspiration from and reflecting on it – while creating the new and challenging work of the future. Help us continue our momentum by making a fully tax-deductible contribution today!

$10,000 | Sponsor an Artist!
In 2018, The Watermill Center will host 20 residencies featuring more than 49 artists from over 11 countries.

$7,500 | Sponsor an International Summer Program Participant!
For up to 5 weeks each summer, more than 100 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill to create and collaborate under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson.

$5,000 | Sponsor an Education Program!
Throughout the school year, The Watermill Center engages educators, students and families through the Young Artist Residency Project (YARP), Head Start Family Workshop, Hayground Residency and the Dual Language Project.

$2,500 | Sponsor an Exhibition!
Alongside our permanent collection of nearly 8,000 works of art, The Watermill Center presents annual exhibitions of emerging to mid-career artists, including those who participate in our Artist Residency and International Summer Programs.

$1,000 | Sponsor an Artist Installation!
Artists participating in Watermill’s International Summer Program create site-specific installations throughout our campus. Over 2,000 guests experience these works at our Annual Summer Benefit and open house, Discover Watermill Day.

$500 | Sponsor In Process @ The Watermill Center!
Sponsor In Process @ The Watermill Center! While in residence, artists share their unique creative process with the public through open rehearsals, workshops, studio visits, lectures or artist talks.

$250 | Sponsor a Tree!
The Watermill Center’s unique campus spans over 10 acres, incorporating meditation gardens, a wildflower meadow, terraced grasses and more. Our grounds and gardens are open to the public throughout the year.

$50 | Sponsor a Book!
Research and investigation are the heart of our programming. We support this mission through The Watermill Study Library, which serves an international community of artists, professionals and students throughout the year.

$____ | Support The Watermill Center!
Your donation, large or small, to our Annual Fund allows us to keep over 82% of our programs free and accessible to all.

For more information about our Annual Fund, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik

Surrounding the 20,000+ square foot Watermill Center facility are eight-and-a-half acres of verdant lawns, pebbled terraces and outdoor gardens. Each year, we select an area of the Watermill grounds to focus the efforts of our annual Tree Campaign. In past years, support of our Garden Campaign has enabled us to design and execute rooftop, meditation and sculpture gardens for our artists and most recently a wildflower meadow in honor of Clementine Hunter.

For more information about our Garden Campaign, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki

Comprised of Robert Wilson’s still-growing collection, acquired over his more than 40-year career as a visionary artist and theater director, the Study Library houses approximately 8,000 titles, including bound volumes, catalogs and periodicals. The Library Campaign enables us to constantly update our resources as our collection continues to grow. The library is open to researchers, artists, students and visitors from September to June and is a major resource for the 80+ artists participating in our International Summer Program.

The Watermill Center Study Library is open to the public September through June by appointment. For questions about the library or to schedule an appointment please contact our librarian at or at (212) 253-7484.

To contribute by mail, please download the contribution form here.

For more information about our Library Campaign, please email or call (212) 253-7487 x119.

photo © Chloé Bellemère

For five weeks each summer, more than 80 artists from over 30 countries gather at The Watermill Center to create and collaborate under the guidance of Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Wilson during the International Summer Program. For this time, participants live and work together in an intense collaborative, creative environment. Over the past 20 years, more than 2,500 artists have been provided the unique opportunity to observe the development and performance methodologies of Wilson and his collaborators, attend lectures with international scholars, forge lasting relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines, focus on new work, and truly embody what it means to be a “global artist.”

Through the Mentor-Protégé Program, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation provides financial support to offset the $7,500 cost per participant. These funds cover housing, meals, and transportation for the duration of the program.

For more information about our Mentor-Protégé Program, please email or call (212) 253-7484 x119.

photo © Lovis Ostenrik

Looking to the future of The Watermill Center, Planned Giving ensures our legacy and commitment to artists for generations to come. Planned gifts, which can be made through bequests, trusts, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and more, provide many important benefits to both you and to Watermill. No matter the size, your donation is vitally important to the future success of Watermill, allowing us to continue to foster a global community of emerging and established artists and visionaries. We are happy to work with you to structure a gift that best fulfills your charitable goals.

For more information about Planned Giving, please email Director of Individual Giving and Special Events Elise Herget at or call (212) 253-7484 x116.

photo © Maria Baranova-Suzuki