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 Residency Sessions from January 6, 2021 - June 15, 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.

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

At the time we are launching this application round (May 2020), 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 have in face remained closed to artists-in-residence since mid-March, and we don't know yet when we will re-open. 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 for Winter/Spring 2021 will have to 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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Valley Creates 


Organized by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts' ValleyCreates Initiative and administered by MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program, the ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant Program is a fast-tracked financial wellness and sustainability initiative for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampton Counties, Massachusetts. This program pairs a $1,000 artist mini-grant with one-on-one coaching and online financial and business resiliency webinars specifically focused on navigating a post-COVID cultural sector.

In order to receive the $1,000 mini-grant, selected artists will be expected to:

  • Participate in a 1-on-1 business and financial coaching session on a topic of their choice with a team member of the Assets for Artists (A4A) program.
  • Participate in at least one ValleyCreates peer event in 2020 (most likely online meet-ups, with possible in-person cohorts activities later)
  • Complete a basic strategic plan that outlines the artist's business/career goals and action steps (don't worry, we'll guide you in getting that done easily).


 In addition, selected artists will receive:

  • Priority sign-up for A4A's new, free online webinar workshops (which have limited enrollment in order to maximize peer networking and interaction with the trainer). Workshop participation is strongly encouraged, as it will help maximize your ability to enact your strategic plan. See application for a full list of ValleyCreates webinars.
  • Social media promotional support for 1-2 projects per artist with CFWM's and A4A's social accounts.
  • Access to a strong ValleyCreates network of fellow artists.

 
Funds will be dispersed upon the completion of the above requirements. If a selected artist completes these requirements quickly, they can expect to receive their mini-grant funds in as little as a month from being selected into the program. (Please note that for most recipients, the artist working capital grant will not be regarded as income for tax purposes, and will not result in a 1099 being issued, which is one reason we are prioritizing a working capital grant opportunity over an emergency grant opportunity, which would typically be considered taxable income.)


APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 5, 2020
(No application fee or tuition fees)


ELIGIBILITY
Eligible applicants are artists aged 18+ of any discipline (painters, sculptors, installation artists, new media artists, craft artisans, designers, film-makers, photographers, performers, writers, musicians, thespians, dancers, etc.) who live OR have a studio address in Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden Counties. A studio address can include access to shared studio space, such as at an artist collective. Artists who have previously participated in Assets for Artists programs, including the Studios at MASS MoCA, A4A Matched Savings, or Capacity-Building programs, are eligible to apply. Artists who recently received a ValleyCreates mini-grant are not eligible to apply.



SELECTION CRITERIA
After meeting the above eligibility, applications will be assessed based on the following criteria 

  • Applicant's stated financial need
  • Applicant's history of creative work (whether emerging or seasoned)
  • A commitment to working with the applicant's community

This program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its applicants and participants. 



REPORTING
We will not be seeking follow-up reports or proof of exactly how the funds were utilized. Before the artist receives their funds, however, they will be expected to submit a basic "strategic plan" to identify their major goals and action steps for the year ahead, and they must meet (electronically) with staff at MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists program for possible feedback. See above for other program requirements.


OUR FUNDERS

The ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant is a program of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administered by MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists. This Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant and the support services that go along with it, are supported by Berkshire Bank, the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the US Department of Agriculture, and many individual donors through CFWM's Valley Gives Initiative.

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program