The Instar Lodge mission is to share a beautiful space rooted in a rich history of compassion, that inspires creativity, courage and community through the arts.
The Instar Lodge building was originally built as an Odd Fellows Lodge in the 1800’s and was named the Halcyon Lodge. The Odd Fellows have a remarkable history as a fraternal organization being the first in history to welcome women—The Rebekah’s. They were originally artists and makers excluded from prestigious guilds, who banded together to help one another succeed in sharing their respective trades with the community, and to offer generosity to those in need. Their motto was Truth, Love and Friendship.
The International Order of Odd Fellows is still active throughout the world and asks potential member's three questions:
Do you believe that Friendship, Love and Truth should be the basic guidelines to live by?
Do you believe in a supreme being, the creator and preserver of the universe?
Do you want to make a difference?
At Instar Lodge we ask potential artist in residence a similar question:
How do you imagine your work creating a positive impact in the world?
We ask our community to help support this good work through community membership and radical free will giving--an alternative economic model based on gifting; a model that is inclusive of all people and recognizes the value of the artist.
We imagine a community that grows collectively more vibrant through immersion and celebration of each others creative gifts. We recognize that creativity maybe humanity’s greatest natural asset and agent for change. We provide a space for our community’s creativity to flourish and transform one another positively.