MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and the Studios at MASS MoCA artist residency give artists, writers, and performers of any discipline 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.

Below are our current calls for applications. If you are looking for the Studios at MASS MoCA residency, that program accepts applications twice a year, and the application typically opens 2 months before that deadline (if the application is not listed below, then we are not currently accepting applications). See our department's Studios page for details.

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program seeks experienced Connecticut-based artists to lead workshops on areas of professional development for artists.

Background

For over more than a decade, Assets for Artists has hosted hundreds of artist-led professional development workshops for more than 2,000 participating artists (primarily located in MA, RI, and CT). Our workshops are free to participants (our trainers are compensated - read on for details), and we serve artists working in virtually all creative disciplines (visual art, performance, social practice, design, fabrication, writing, etc). 

To see examples of workshops that A4A is currently offering, visit: https://www.assetsforartists.org/workshops 

General Guidelines

The target audience for proposed workshops should be early- and mid-career Connecticut artists of any discipline, including those participating in A4A’s grant programs to help them make career plans, build capacity, gain confidence, connect with and learn from their peers, and increase their individual and collective financial sustainability. Our workshops are intended to help artists identify strategies to increase their professional standing, make their creative practice more sustainable, and develop a planning roadmap for ongoing success. Please note that we ONLY host professional development workshops; we do not provide workshops focused on improving artistic technique. 

We are eager to hear from a diverse range of voices covering a variety of professional development topic areas, but particularly addressing the specific challenges that artists are facing as we continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic and the challenges of an economic system that has historically favored a few privileged (predominantly white male) artists while leaving so many others behind. While there are certain topics that we are especially in search of (please see list below), we are excited to consider proposals on all subjects. We welcome proposals from experienced artists with any type of creative practice/background.

Workshops may be designed for online or in-person format and take the form of either a more lecture-style presentation or (especially for longer sessions) use more interactive formats with small group exercises and discussion. Applicants may propose more than one workshop that they feel qualified to teach.

We hope to select 2-3 workshops to host this Summer or Fall 2023 for our Connecticut programming in partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Anticipated Timeline

Request for Proposals Open:            December 1, 2022
Proposal Deadline:                             January 15, 2023
Workshop Dates:                                Starts Summer 2023


Sample Workshop Topics

The list below represents some workshop topics on which we are especially eager to receive proposals. However, we invite workshop proposals on ANY and all professional development topics that reflect what a presenter is best prepared to teach other artists. 

We are interested in seeing proposals that specialize in the knowledge of a specific discipline (e.g. performing arts, public art, creative writing, or artists who create work not traditionally marketable) as well as proposals that can speak to a cross-disciplinary audience of artists.

  • Selling work online
  • Goal-setting and time management
  • Managing budgets (business/artistic and personal)
  • Patreon and alternative sponsorship models
  • Pricing / negotiating
  • Working in solidarity models (cooperatives, coalitions, collectives)
  • Business and marketing topics for musicians and other performing artists
  • Business topics for writers
  • Balancing creative practice with family


Deliverables

Selected trainers will be expected to:

1. Provide a clear plan for the proposed workshop(s), and incorporate feedback from MASS MoCA staff to finalize the plan.

2. Prepare workshop agenda, plus any slides, printed handouts, etc. (if relevant).

3. Conduct a presentation/workshop for an audience of 10-30 in person, or up to 100 online, targeting professional artists working across all disciplines (or in a specific sector, if your proposal is for more specialized focus).

Presenter Qualifications

1. Deep understanding of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. 

2. Significant direct experience in making and presenting art in the field/topic on which you are presenting.

3. Experience in teaching/facilitating workshops is preferred (particularly in teaching professional development strategies and skills to other artists), but is not required. Applicants must be able to show evidence of their skills in the professional development areas they wish to teach/facilitate, and evidence of their overall presentation skills.

4. Proposals from artists of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, nonbinary individuals, and individuals with disabilities will receive priority consideration.

5. If proposing in-person workshops, you must be able to travel to all parts of CT (we will reimburse travel costs). 

6. This RFP is ONLY for artist-trainers based in Connecticut.


Compensation

Presenters will be reimbursed for travel expenses (when applicable), and will also be compensated based on the length of the workshop to be offered and the qualifications of the presenter, as follows (fees listed below include prep time, and assume 1 instructor -- although we are happy to consider proposals involving multiple instructors, and we will compensate accordingly, when the content and format warrants multiple instructors):

  • Online Workshop: $500-$550 per 2-hour block
  • 3 to 5 Hour In-Person Workshop (including questions and discussion time): $750 - $1,250
  • Full Day In-Person (7- to 8-Hour Workshop, including questions and discussion): $1,500+

For questions, contact Molly Rideout at mrideout@massmoca.org

Application for Residency Sessions from July 20th, 2023 - January 31st, 2024

For full details about the Studios at MASS MoCA, visit: www.massmoca.org/studios

MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 2 week to 4 weeks in length. Residents (10 per session) will receive:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen and bath) in high-quality apartments directly across the street from the museum.
  • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow artists-in-residence.
  • A variety of professional development opportunities, including 1-year priority access to our Assets for Artists Career Development Workshops.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries, The Clark Art Institute, and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • A studio visit with a MASS MoCA curator or guest curator.


VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS

ELIGIBILITY: We welcome applications from artists at 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.   

COST/FUNDING: The already subsidized, standard residency fee is $650/week (it’s $850+/week of actual costs to operate the residency). However, every applicant in the regular application pool may opt to be considered for a full-ride fellowship or need-based financial aid to lower this fee even more. Visit our Financial Aid & Fellowships page to learn more about our many funding opportunities.

IMPORTANT: Read how we are taking precautions against COVID-19 at the Studios at MASS MoCA residency.

APLICACIÓN GENERAL:  Estudios en MASS MoCA, Verano/Otoño 2023

Aplicación para Sesiones de Residencia Artística de

Julio 20, 2023 - Enero 31, 2024

Para más detalles sobre Estudios en MASS MoCA, visite: www.massmoca.org/studios

MASS MoCA y su programa de Recursos para Artistas (Assets for Artists) invita a artistas y escritores a que soliciten residencias de 2 a 4 semanas de duración.  Los residentes (10 por sesión) recibirán:

  • Espacio de estudio privado y amueblado en MASS MoCA disponible 24/7.
  • Vivienda (cuarto privado/cama queen, cocina y baño compartido) en apartamentos recién renovados y localizados frente al museo al cruzar la calle.
  • Una comida comunitaria por día en compañía de artistas colegas en residencia.
  • Una variedad de oportunidades para desarrollo profesional que incluye un año de acceso prioritario a nuestros talleres empresariales, Assets for Artists Business Workshops.
  • Beneficios de membresía de MASS MoCA para la duración de la residencia, incluyendo acceso gratuito a las galerías del museo, The Clark Art Institute,  y descuentos para eventos teatrales y compras en la tienda del museo.
  • Una visita de estudio con un curador de MASS MoCA.

VISITE NUESTRA PÁGINA WEB PARA MÁS DETALLES DEL PROGRAMA 

ELEGIBILIDAD

Aceptamos solicitudes de artistas en todas las etapas de su carrera, niveles de ingreso y disciplinas (pintores, escultores, artistas de instalación, artistas de las fibras, grabadores, escritores, intérpretes, diseñadores, fotógrafos, cineastas, etc.) cuya práctica les permite trabajar calladamente (ningún estudio es a prueba de ruido, así que no se recomiendan herramientas eléctricas ni música alta).  Grupos/colectivos pueden aplicar para trabajar en proyectos grupales.  Por la poca ventilación en los estudios, no se podrán acomodar proyectos que generen vapores fuertes.

COSTO/FINANCIACIÓN

La tarifa de residencia estándar ya subsidiada es de $650/semana.  (El costo operativo actual por residencia es de $850+/semana.)   Sin embargo, cada aplicante en el grupo de aplicaciones regulares puede optar a ser considerado para una beca completa o ayuda financiera, según la necesidad económica, para reducir este pago aún más.  Visite en nuestra página Becas y Ayuda Financiera, Financial Aid & Fellowships, para aprender más sobre nuestras oportunidades de financiación.

IMPORTANTE: Lea cómo tomamos precauciones contra el COVID-19 para la residencia en Estudios en MASS MoCA.

Application for Residency Sessions from January - April 2024.

MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies of either 2 or 4 weeks in length.

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

How is the Studios "Early Application" different from the regular application?


Our "Early Application" is for artists who could benefit from additional lead time to plan their stay (9 months - 15 months) so they can apply for outside funding from sources such as their university or international or regional arts councils. In contrast, our regular application process is used to schedule artists for residency sessions occurring within 3 to 9 months of the deadline.


Artists applying with this Early Application will NOT be considered for MASS MoCA's financial aid budget OR fellowships, so you should only use this particular application if you are planning to fully fund your stay through outside grants or personal funds at our already subsidized rate of $650 per week.

If offered a residency from the early application process (decisions announced in April 2023), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support any grant-writing efforts and you will then have until August 31st, 2023, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. If you are unsuccessful in securing the funds you have sought to support the residency, then you can give up the slot without penalty prior to August 31st, 2023, while there is still time for us to award the slot to someone through our regular application.

Artists-in-Residents receive:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen and bath) in high-quality apartments directly across the street from the museum.
  • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow artists-in-residence.
  • A variety of professional development opportunities, including 1-year priority access to our Assets for Artists Career Development Workshops.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries, The Clark Art Institute, and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • A studio visit with a MASS MoCA curator or guest curator.
  • The opportunity to connect with a cohort of international creative peers.
  • Chances to share your work through either through Open Studios, presentations to your fellow artists-in-residence, and/or studio visits (all events are optional)

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS

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.

COST / FINANCIAL AID
$650 per week per person for all. No financial aid or fellowship consideration for Early Applicants.

Learn more about how the Studios at MASS MoCA is contending with COVID-19

Application for Studios at MASS MoCA Alumni only.
This application is for residency Sessions from January - April 2024.

If you’re a Studios at MASS MoCA alum, we’re thrilled that you'd like to come back! Each application cycle, we have a special, simplified application for you to tell us briefly what you’ve been up to since your previous residency with us. With this application, you’re only competing against fellow alumni, so while not as competitive as our general application, we only reserve a few alumni spots each season and acceptance is not guaranteed. Alumni are not eligible for residency fellowships or our regular financial aid pool and instead pay a standard alumni rate of $400/week for 4-week residencies and $450/week for 2-week residencies. (Note: those who have attended a workshop-in-residence are not considered eligible alumni for this opportunity.)

We invite those who are able to pay the full rate of $650/week to do so, in order to reserve scarce financial aid dollars for those who have not yet been able to enjoy a residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA.

MASS MoCA and its Assets for Artists program invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 2 week to 4 weeks in length. Residents (10 per session) will receive:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen and bath) in high-quality apartments directly across the street from the museum.
  • One communal meal per day in the company of fellow artists-in-residence.
  • A variety of professional development opportunities, including 1-year priority access to our Assets for Artists Career Development Workshops.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries, The Clark Art Institute, and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • A studio visit with a MASS MoCA curator or guest curator.
  • The opportunity to connect with a cohort of international creative peers.
  • Chances to share your work through either through Open Studios, presentations to your fellow artists-in-residence, and/or studio visits (all events are optional)

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS

ELIGIBILITY
This application is only for alumni of the Studios at MASS MoCA.

Learn more about how the Studios at MASS MoCA is contending with COVID-19

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program