MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and the Studios at MASS MoCA give artists a range of support services, including residencies on the MASS MoCA campus, financial and business workshops, one-on-one coaching, and other professional development tools to help them achieve greater career success and financial independence.


Assets for Artists is also a major collaborator on the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts's ValleyCreates Artist Fund initiative.

Application for ALL residency programming from January 6, 2021 - June 15, 2021

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are looking for the Studios' Massachusetts Financial Wellness Residency or to be the MCLA Under 27 Writer-in-Residence, you're in the right spot! Please use this Winter/Spring Residency Program application (there is no separate application). When prompted you can select the appropriate box stating you would like to be considered for one of these fellowships. You can learn more about both of these opportunities on our Financial Aid webpage.

FOR ALL APPLICANTS (REGULAR RESIDENCY & FELLOWSHIPS):

MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 2 week to 8 weeks in length. 


Residents (12 per session*) will receive: 

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. 
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in newly renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment*) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.
  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
  • Free access to printmaking and weaving equipment in the Studios, offering shared use of a roller etching press, hydraulic flatbed press, 22-inch Harrisville loom, and 48-inch Herald loom.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the staff of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, helping artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice.

Click here for additional details on studios, housing and equipment.
 

Eligibility: We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, fiber artists, printmakers, writers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly (nothing is sound-proofed, so power tools and loud music are discouraged). Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Full Cost: $650 per week per person

Financial Aid: Applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need. Select additional fellowships are available in donor-designated areas. Visit: https://www.assetsforartists.org/financial-aid for more information. 


*HOW THE STUDIOS AT MASS MoCA RESIDENCY IS CONTENDING WITH COVID-19

Much remains uncertain about how we can safely conduct ourselves during the next year or longer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of shutdown, the Studios at MASS MoCA will reopen on July 15, 2020 at partial capacity in order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the shared apartments. Our scheduling for Winter/Spring 2021 will remain flexible. If you are accepted for a residency that later has to be canceled due to safety or health concerns, the Studios will honor that acceptance and find an appropriate date to reschedule your time at MASS MoCA if you wish to reschedule. Likewise, any deposits paid for a residency will be fully refundable if the residency has to be cancelled by either you or MASS MoCA for COVID-19 related reasons (although you will also have the option to re-schedule to a later date).

Application for Residency Sessions from June 6, 2021 - December 21, 2021

Application Deadline: August 8, 2020, at 11:59pm. No application fee.


MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 2 week to 8 weeks in length.


Visit our website for full details on everything the Studios at MASS MoCA offers.


While our regular application process is used to schedule artists for residency sessions occurring within 5 to 11 months of the deadline, this "Early Application" option is for artists who, if given additional lead time, are likely to secure residency funding from sources such as university professional development budgets, or international or regional arts councils. Artists applying with this application will NOT be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid budget, so you should only use this particular application if you need the longer lead time to position yourself for other institutional support to fund the residency at our full rate of $650 per week.

If offered a residency from the early application process (decisions announced around October 1, 2020), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support your grant-writing effort, and you will then have until February 1, 2021, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. MASS MoCA will hold the slot for you until February 1, 2021, and if you are unsuccessful in securing the funds you have sought to support the residency, then you can give up the slot without penalty while there is still time for us to award the slot to someone on our waiting list.

 Residents (12 per session*) will receive:
 

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms. 
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.
  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.
  • Free access to printmaking and weaving equipment in the Studios, offering shared use of a roller etching press, hydraulic flatbed press, 22-inch Harrisville loom, and 48-inch Herald loom.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the staff of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, helping artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice. 

 Eligibility: We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, fiber artists, printmakers, writers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly (nothing is sound-proofed, so power tools and loud music are discouraged). Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects, but there will be per-person fees. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.


Full Cost: $650 per week per person


Financial Aid: Applicants selected through this "Early Application" process will not be given financial aid consideration. We assume that you will use the long lead time to secure other institutional support for your residency at the full cost to attend. Self-funding applicants who wish to be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid should apply through the regular application, which will have a deadline in January 2021.


*HOW THE STUDIOS AT MASS MoCA RESIDENCY IS CONTENDING WITH COVID-19

At the time you are submitting this application, much remains uncertain about how we can safely conduct ourselves during the next year or longer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Studios at MASS MoCA is in fact currently closed to artists-in-residence, and will likely not open again until the Autumn 2020. When we do re-open our program, there may be a period of time when we do not operate at full capacity (12 artists) in order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the shared apartments. To this end, our scheduling will remain flexible. If you are accepted for a residency that has to be canceled due to safety or health concerns, the Studios will honor that acceptance and find an appropriate date to reschedule your time at MASS MoCA.


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Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program, the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition (AIC) is accepting creative proposals for new or existing projects with the purpose of strengthening artists’ livelihoods and providing them with the resources they need to succeed creatively in the city of North Adams.

Eligibility: Individual artists, collectives, collaborations, and businesses are welcome to apply. Applicants must live in or have strong ties to the City of North Adams, MA. All activities must take place within the City of North Adams, MA. 


What types of proposals are we looking for?

The AIC seeks projects that improve the ability for artists to live and do their creative work in North Adams. Our guiding word is Resource. How can your project be a resource for artists? What resources do artists still lack or have limited access to in North Adams and what resources require a more equitable distribution? What are your creative solutions to these needs? You might want to work with physical resources, social resources, promotional resources, educational resources, or others yet. It might be the resource of space, the resource of time, the resource of expertise, the resource of belonging. The project can be brand new or something you’re already working on, a one-off or a recurring initiative. Crucially, you must be able to demonstrate how the proposal will benefit a swath of North Adams artists (of course others can benefit too!). The best projects will show broad or sustained impact or will provide resources to an otherwise under-supported sector of the artist community. 

Here are a few categories and sample ideas to get your creative juices flowing. But don’t limit yourself to these!

  • Initiatives that better connect artists to each other or to non-artists in the city. (e.g. facilitated happenings)
  • Projects that increase diversity, equity and inclusion within the artist community (e.g. anti-oppression training for white artists or peer-support opportunities for queer artists or artists of color).
  • Support for businesses that provide a service or venue for artists (e.g. adding quality artist supplies to your storefront).
  • Opportunities for artists to sell/market/perform/show their work in new ways. (e.g. a mobile art sales wagon or summer performance series)
  • Work that increases the visibility of North Adams as a city for artists (e.g. signage, sculpture, performance)
  • A project that helps artists develop skills and knowledge to do their work in North Adams (e.g. a zine for how to understand zoning laws).


What types of proposals are we NOT looking for?

  • Individual artistic work that does not have a broader impact on North Adams artists/community (e.g. materials to prepare for your next show)
  • Proposals where North Adams artists are not one of the intended beneficiaries (e.g. a workshop for elementary students). Note – A project can have more than one group of beneficiaries, such as a summer concert series that promotes local musicians and delivers music to area senior citizens.
  • Proposals that ask artists to “pay to play” – i.e. that make artists put down money for the “opportunity” to work.
  • Activities that make money from artists and their work without fairly compensating them.
  • Proposals that duplicate initiatives already being done in North Adams.


Note: In order to receive funding, all accepted projects must first be confirmed by National Endowment for the Arts staff to pass the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Protection Act. This basically means nothing historic can be damaged and the project can’t hurt the environment.


Budget: Projects will be supported at any level up to $5,000. You will need to submit a budget that outlines your project’s costs, any other forms of support or revenue you expect, and how the project will be affected if AIC is only able to award partial support. AIC will work with each project to determine the timeline for payment. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, artist fees, materials, space or equipment rentals, contractor or other service fees, marketing, food, travel, or other expenses directly incurred by the project. If you’re an artist on the project, don’t forget to pay yourself!


Timeline:

July 6, 2020 -- Call for Proposals goes live.

September 15, 2020 – Applications due.

October 15, 2020 – Awardees notified and description submitted to NEA for NHPA/NEPA approval. Work on proposals may begin as soon as NEA approval is received.

October 15, 2021 – All projects must be completed. 


To Submit:

To submit an application, please fill out the following Submittable application's written questions. If writing is a difficult form of communication for you for any reason, you may instead choose to submit a video of no more than 8 minutes that directly and concisely addresses each of the written questions. Upload the video to a third party site and then include the video link among your uploaded Work Sample files. 

Note if submitting a video application: The application will require you to enter at least one character in the box of each written question in order for the automated system to register it as "complete." Simply enter "X" (or similar) into each narrative question box to bypass this.

Applicants wishing to submit multiple projects should submit each project as a unique application.


Questions: If you have a question about the application, the project process, or have great ideas but just aren't sure how to get them off the ground, please reach out! We're here for you. Email us at: northadamsartists@gmail.com.


This is a project of the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition and its member organizations. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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