Grants and funding for artists



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Great Rivers Arts Institute

Great Rivers Arts Institute, PO Box 639, Walpole, NH 03608 (603) 758-3638. Artists' Residencies in Patzcuaro, Mexico at Casa Don Miguel, a 250-year-old monastery. Private rooms, separate studios for visual artists; 2meals a day included. $1,600 per month; partial fellowships available. (visual, literary arts)

Wellspring House

Wellspring House, PO Box 2006, Ashfield, MA 01330. Retreat center in Massachusetts hills, 35 minutes from Northampton/Amherst, sheltered by towering spruce, secluded but in town. Private rooms, communal kitchen in renovated carriage house. Can accomodate up to 7 residents at a time. Wireless internet, library, meditation room. Fees charged; some partial scholarships available. (literary, visual arts)

Sea Change Residencies/Gaea Foundation

Sea Change Residencies/Gaea Foundation, 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 232-2304. Residency in Provincetown MA, on Cape Cod. Supports artists 'whose work is creating fundamental shifts in public perceptions of reality and possibility, and activists who employ creative and artistic tools in the struggle for change.' Housing, workspace and stipend provided; artists must provide own meals. Application by nomination only. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe College, 34 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-8212. 1 yr. Residency for women artists at least 2 years out of graduate school; fellows receive studio space, stipend; 40 fellowships annually. (visual and literary arts, critics)

Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts

Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts, 23 Wauwinet Rd, Box 958, Nantucket, MA 02554 (508) 228-9248. Open year-round; fees charged; Open to artists in painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art, mixed media, new media, literature, music, interdisciplinary. 8 cottages. Spouses, partners, friends and/or collaborators allowed. Facilities include ceramics studio, darkrooms, library. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Margo-Gelb Shack

Margo-Gelb Shack, OCARC, 22 Nelson Ave. Provincetown, MA 02657. 2 week residencies from mid-May to mid-October on Cape Cod National Seashore. Operated by the Outer Cape Artists Residency Coalition, membership fee plus residency fees charged. No running water or electricity; outdoor toilet and hand pump; kerosene lamps. Artists give one public presentation during their stay. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, writers, video/filmakers. (visual, literary, media arts)

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and School

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and School, PO Box 287, Lee, MA 02138 (413) 637-1322. In the Berkshire Mountains; clusters of heated cabins, each with common bath; artists purchase own food and prepare own meals; no fees. (dance, performance)

Isabella Stewart Garden Museum Artist-in-Residence Program

Isabella Stewart Garden Museum Artist-in-Residence Program, 2 Palace Road, Boston MA 02115 (617) 566-1401. Housing, stipend, 150 sqaure foot studio, opportunities to perform or exhibit. Open to all artistic disciplines. Artists participate in the Museum's school partnership program, which helps connect younger people with art. Residencies of one year. (visual, literary, performing arts)

Footpaths to Creativity

Footpaths to Creativity, 8 Rideout Lane, Stoughton, MA 02072. (617) 549-2452. Residency on Flores Island in the Azores Archipelago off the coast of Portugal, from 1 week to 1 year. Fees charged on sliding scale based on ability to pay. (Visual, literary, performing arts)

Fine Arts Work Center

Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl St., Box 565, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-9960. 7 month session runs Oct. 1 through May 1; 20 fellows annually provided with live-in studio and stipend of $375/mo. Plus materials allowance of $75. Located on the tip of Cape Cod, near national seashore beaches and miles of dunes. Facilities include a woodshop, printshop with etching press and darkroom. (visual, literary arts)

C-Scape Dune Shack, Provincetown Community Compact

C-Scape Dune Shack, Provincetown Community Compact, Inc., PO Box 819, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-3684. Artist in Residence Program for Art and Healing. Residencies of 1 week to 3 months, year round on Cape Cod National Seashore. Fees charged, although 'no artist will be turned away due to inability to pay.' The shack, an historic structure built in the 1940s, overlooks the ocean. No running water or electricity; outdoor chemical toilet, propane stove and refrigerator. Access by foot or 4-wheel drive vehicle only. Limited interaction with park visitors expected during weekly ranger-led tours. Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, video/filmmakers; preference for landscape painters. (visual, literary, performing, media arts)

Contemporary Artists Center

Contemporary Artists Center, The Historic Beaver Mill, 189 Beaver St., North Adams, MA 01247 (413) 663-9555. In the Berkshires of western MA, 3 hours from NYC, on a 27 acre wooded site adjoining Natural Bridge State Park. Residencies of 1 week to 2 months; residency fees charged. Facilities include wood shop, darkroom, printmaking facilties, industrial tools, airbrush equipment. (visual, performing, conceptual and interdisciplinary arts)

Boston National Historical Park, AIR Program

Boston National Historical Park, AIR Program, Institute of Contemporary Art, 955 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02115 (617) 927-6615. Residencies of 2 to 12 months from Spetember through June. Open to 2D artists, photographers, sculptors, video/filmakers, craft artists. (visual, media arts)

The Berwick Research Institute Artist in Research Residency Program

The Berwick Research Institute Artist in Research Residency Program, 14 Palmer St., PO Box 190087, Boston, MA 02119 (617) 442-4200. Located in the Dudley Square, a developing inner-city Boston neighborhood, in a former whoopie pie factory. Open to emerging artists in experimental and new genre performing and media arts, such as electronics, sound, installation, performance art, film, video, and robotics. Provides shared studio space, access to tools and equipment, presentation oppy's, critical feedback on work in progress, publication, and career advising. Artists can also participate in lectures, school tours, and other outreach. Two month residencies include modest stipend. Housing is not included. (performing, visual, and media arts)

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, 19 Brick Hill Rd., Newcastle, ME 04553 (207) 882-6075. Various jobs for studio and stipend; ceramics only; dorm room accommodations. 2 week sessions during summer months and 9 month residencies from Sept.-May. Located on 32 rural acres with gently rolling hills in a former brick factory. Some residencies fully funded, some partially funded. Equipment on-site includes a variety of kilns, potters' wheels, clay mixer, pug mill. (visual arts)

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 200 Park Ave. South, Suite 1116, New York, NY 10003 (212) 529-0505. Open to advanced visual artists and art students in painting, sculpture, fresco, installation, performance, video, photography, mixed media who are at least 19 years of age. Residencies for 9 weeks, mid-June through mid-August. Located in the heavily forested lake district of central Maine. The summer intensive allows 65 artists to produce new work in a communal, rural environment. No structured classes, but critical assistance (in the form of weekly one-on-one sessions) is scheduled with a faculty of resident and visiting artists. Shared living facilities in dormitory, sculpture shop, darkroom. Fees charged; some fellowships offered. (visual arts)

Robert M. MacNamara Foundation

Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, 241 East Shore Rd., Westport, ME 04578 (207) 882-1254. Residencies of 6 weeks; housing, studio, travel, and food provided. Equipment includes ceramics facilities, and a digital media center. (visual, media, and literary arts)

Maine Photographic Workshops

Maine Photographic Workshops, 2 Central St., Rockport, ME 04856. Photographers. Workshops and residencies. (visual arts)

Magic Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and Guest House

Magic Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and Guest House, Linda Griffith and Kay Johnson, PO Box 174, Blaine, ME 04734. (207) 429-8787 or (215) 947-2240. 75 acre wooded refuge with pond, streams, and fields. Open year-round. Registered guide service and photography coaching available. For 'artists seeking renewal and solitude.' Fees range from $360-550 week.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Scholarship grants available, for craft artists. Workshops and residencies. (visual arts)

Eastern Frontier Society

Eastern Frontier Society, 342 Pine Brook Rd., Bedford, NY 10506. Summer residency program with 2 sessions on Norton Island for writers, painters, and composers. Located 50 miles up the coast from Bar Harbor on the western side of Mossebec Reach. Accomodations in individual log cabins on 150 acres surrounded by 4 miles of coastline. Daily trips to the mainland available. No fees charged (other than $10 application fee). (literary, visual, performing arts)

Creative Photographic Arts Center of Maine

Creative Photographic Arts Center of Maine, 59 Canal St. PO Box 921, Lewiston, ME 04243. (207) 782-1369. Located in the Historic Bates Mill. Classes and exhibitions in addition to some artist residencies.

Carina House

Carina House, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, PO Box 466, Rockland, ME 04841 (207) 596-6457. Visual artists who are at least 25 years old and legal residents of the state of Maine; 2 artists are awarded a 5-week residency on Monhegan Island and $500 stipend. Open to painters, drawers, printmakers, sculptors, photographers. (visual arts)

Acadia National Park, AIR Program

Acadia National Park, AIR Program, PO Box 177, Eagle Lake Rd., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (207) 288-5459. 3 week residencies in the Spring and Fall. Accomodations in one-bedroom apartment near park headquarters with kitchen and laundry facilities. Artists asked to donate a piece of work to the Park's collection and share an offering with the public in the form of a demonstration, talk, exploratory hike, or performance. 'With its dramatic cliffs stretching to the sea, its balsam scented forests, and spring warbler serenades, the area offers artists the age-old inspiration of nature.' Open to 2D visual artists, photographers, sculptors, performers, writers, composers (visual, literary, performing arts).

Wisdom House

Wisdom House, 229 E. Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759 (860) 567-3163. Interfaith center for women and men who value seeking and learning in a contemplative environment. Residency program and conference center on 54 acres, gardens, wooded areas in the foothills of the Berkshires. Fee-based; daily and weekly rates; competitive admissions.

Weir Farm, Artist in Residence Program

Weir Farm, Artist in Residence Program, 735 Nod Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 761-9945. Former summer home of J. Alden Weir, American Impressionist painter. The only National Park Service site dedicated to an American painter. Open year round, 1 artist at a time, residencies of 2 weeks to 1 mo., stipend. Open to 2D visual artists including printmakers and painters, phtographers, sculptors, video/filmmakers. (visual, media arts).

Soul Mountain Retreat

Soul Mountain Retreat, PO Box 1071, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Located in East Haddam on 6 acres of woods and meadows near the Eight Mile River. Founded by Marilyn Nelson, supported by the University of Connecticut College of Arts & Sciences. 3-8 week residencies for 6 poets at a time. Private rooms, shared kitchen, library, exercise room, wireless internet. Spring, Summer, and Fall residencies; Summer residencies reserved for African-American poets who are graduates of the Cave Canem poetry program. Room and board are included; no fees charged.

The O'Neill Music Theater Conference

The O'Neill Music Theater Conference, O'Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT 06385 (203) 433-5378. Composers and playwrights (literary and performing arts)

James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program

James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program, PO Box 18, Stonington, CT 06378. Writers live and work in Merrill's apartment rent-free for 6 month or 11 month terms.


I-Park, PO Box 124, E. Haddam, CT 06423. (860) 873-2468 or (877) 276-1306. Four to five residents at a time, for 4-5 weeks' length in a rural 450 acre natural park setting. No fees (other than $20 application fee). Residency includes accommodations and studio space. Favors figurative over conceptual in the visual arts; tonal/melodic over minimalist in music composition. Some digital equipment and kiln available. Some site installations permitted. (visual, literary, performing arts and architecture, landscape and garden design)

Griffis Art Center

Griffis Art Center, 18 Bristol St., New London, CT 06320 (860) 447-3431. Located near the downtown of a small city on the Thames River. 2 international artists selected twice a year for the Gemfire Residency Program, a 5 month residency which includes a furnished apartment in a turn-of-the-century mansion, utilities, local phone and cable, plus a working studio next door. Open studio/exhibition near completion of residency and invitations to other functions. Artist must donate one artwork completed during residency.

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 234 W 44th St., Suite 901, New York, NY 10036-3909 (212) 382-2790. Playwrights only; residency in Waterford, CT and performance of play at annual conference; 10-15 writers work with a dramaturg or story editor and master designer (literary arts)

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 299 West Ave., Mathews Park, Norwalk, CT 06850 (203) 899-7999. Etching, intaglio, lithography, and Vandercook presses, acid room, silkscreen equipment, paper mill, computer lab, and darkroom. Housing provided but no meals; cooking facilities available; 1-2 artists at a time. (visual arts)

Artist Retreats

Austin Arts Center, 300 Summit St., Trinity College, Hartford, CT 06106-3100 (865) 436-5860. Hosts artists-in-residence in fine arts, theater, music, and dance. (visual and performing arts)

Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Now in its 28th year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs. We strive to provide the best possible residency experience for artists of superior talent from a diverse range of backgrounds and geographical locations. As stewards of a unique and beautiful property, we also seek to preserve the land and use our facilities wisely and efficiently for maximum benefit to the artists and with the least impact on the environment.

Youth in Focus

Time (k)NOW, a two-phased after-school series offering 228 hours of skill-building classes in digital photography and written/oral texts led by four artists/peer mentors for 17 youth culminating in two public exhibitions.

Young Shakespeare Workshop

Summer Program, two artists will lead a summer-long sequential series offering 400 hours of instruction and rehearsals in Shakespearean theater for 40 youth culminating in ten public performances for all ages.

Washington Ensemble Theatre

Queer Teen Ensemble, 15 artists will lead a two-month after-school series offering 100 hours of scriptwriting and ensemble theater workshops exploring identity and building community for 20 youth and culminating in four public performances.

SouthEast Effective Development

Public Art Workshop, a year-long after-school program with three artists offering 45 at-risk youth 100 hours of multi-media design and fabrication art training culminating in the creation, installation and unveiling of a site-specific work.

Seattle Scenic Studios

Technical Internship, six theater artists will lead a nine-week session offering eight youth 90 hours of scenic and prop design instruction and mentoring using state-of-the-art tools and showcasing sets at local theater productions.

Seattle International Film Festival

Superfly Filmmaking, a two-day intensive workshop, in which 20 artists will offer 60 hours of digital filmmaking training and hands-on mentoring to 50 youth grouped in teams. The teams will produce and screen four short films, all based on the same script.

Seattle Chamber Players

SCP Meets the Boombox, a six-week after-school residency workshop for 20 diverse students with no formal experience with music who, with the guidance of six artists, will develop their own compositions to be performed by the Chamber Players in an informal concert.

Seattle Center for Book Arts

Book Arts Workshop, a year-long session led by three artists offering 1,160 youth over 100 hours of bookmaking and bookbinding techniques and formats and culminating in numerous exhibits at branch libraries citywide.

Richard Hugo House

Scribes, a three-part, year-long series offering 400 hours of written/spoken word training. Led by 12 artists for 1,000 youth, the workshops focus on playwriting, poetry, zines and short fiction for publication and readings.

Reel Grrls

Reel Grrls, a three-part, winter/spring/fall series led by eight artists and mentors offering 95 hours of media literacy/filmmaking training for 85 diverse young women, and culminating in three public screenings of their work.

Pratt Fine Arts Center

Youth Art Works, a four-quarter, after-school/weekend series offering 4,080 hours of hands-on, multi-arts instruction led by six artists for 246 youth culminating in community exhibits after each term.

Phffft! Dance Theatre Company

Dance Empowerment, a four-month series offering 50 hours of dance and choreography with tech production and marketing instruction led by four artists for 10 youth culminating in a public performance inspired by participants' life experiences.

Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools

Five artists will offer a five-week after-school workshop for 30 Beacon Hill/Georgetown youth, culminating in a community concert. Forty-eight hours of training in singing, playing and writing are integrated with the blues, Langston Hughes' poetry, African American history and culture.

Music Northwest

Chamber Music Camp, a week-long summer training offering 210 hours of individual and group music instruction by six artists for 45 youth at all levels culminating in a free recital and awards ceremony.

Jack Straw Productions

Blind Youth Audio, a summer series offering eight visually-impaired youth specially accessible audio technology and 35 hours of sequential, hands-on audio creation and production training led by eight artists. Students will create their own audio art presented at a public event, and on radio, Web and a podcast.

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