Initiated in the fall of 2013, 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, The Watermill Center Collection and Study 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.
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.