We are working together on a (still untitled) collection of projects exploring the ethics of visiting, the politics of engaged work, and what it means to be a citizen artist. We're reflecting, making tools for inquiry, and trying to ask the hard questions. Our practices incorporate strategies from graphic design, design research, workshop facilitation, journalism, and neighboring.

We are artists who have spent a good amount of time as visitors, making projects in and with communities that are new to us. We are also deep home-artists in our own home-places, and have been facilitators and hosts of residencies and visiting artist projects.

Mary Welcome (Palouse, WA) and Nicole Lavelle (Lagunitas, CA)

A few things to read

Mary Welcome Welcomes New Neighbors All Around the Country, Springboard Exchange

Codes and Questions for Anyone Who Goes Anywhere, an essay for purchase by Nicole Lavelle, originally published in The Changing Times Issue 4: Unincorporated Marin County

We Are All We Have: The Practice of Neighboring by Mary Welcome and Ashley Hanson on MNartists.org

Some tools we've been working on

Questions for Visiting (Artists) — a self-reflexible tool developed while in residency at Blue Sky Center in New Cuyama, CA (downloadable PDF coming soon!)

Rural Conversation Prompts, v.1 — a tool prototyped by Colorado University Field School students on the road in the American Southwest


We've applied to lead a workshop featuring tangible tools for artists at the April 2019 Common Field Convening in Philadelphia. Cross your fingers! We hope to see you there.

We have an interview in the works for Issue #4 of Wolfman New Life Quarterly! Get ready to read about small-town practice, queer ruralism, embedded remote community work, and what it means to be an artist "in residence."

In 2019 we'll work on Version 2 of the Conversation Prompts, expanding the scope of topics to include urban and embedded practices.