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.

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.


Application for Residency Sessions from June 14 - Dec 19, 2023

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.

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) and to apply for outside funding from sources such as their university or international or regional arts councils. Accepted Early Application residents will have first pick of our calendar. 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 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 September 2022), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support any grant-writing efforts and you will then have until February 1, 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 February 1, 2023, while there is still time for us to award the slot to someone through our regular application.

Residents (10 per session*) receive: 

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen, and bath) in newly renovated 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.

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.


Who is this application best for?

The Early Application is best for artists who want first pick at the residency calendar, a longer lead time to plan their residency, and either have access to outside grant funds (e.g. from a university or regional arts council) to fund their stay or have personal financial resources. The early application is not for anyone looking to apply for a Studios fellowship or financial aid or for whom the $650/wk residency fees would put strain on their budget (this is the opposite of what we want!). In your application, artists will be asked to explain their funding plan, and those whom jurors feel a $650/wk cost would create too much financial strain will not be awarded an early application slot.


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

Application for Residency Sessions from January 1, 2023- May 30, 2023


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 8 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 newly renovated 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.


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. 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 $750+/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 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, Invierno/Primavera 2023

Aplicación para Sesiones de Residencia Artística de

Enero 1, 2023- Mayo 30, 2023

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 8 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 $750+/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 Studios at MASS MoCA Alumni only.

This application is for residency Sessions from January 4, 2023 - December 19, 2023

If you’re a Studios at MASS MoCA alum, we’re happy to have you 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/wk for residencies of 4+ weeks, $430/wk for a 3-week residency, and $450/wk for a 2-week residency. (Note students who have attended a workshop-in-residence are not considered eligible alumni for this opportunity)

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:

  • Private, furnished studio space at MASS MoCA, available 24/7.
  • Housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen, and bath) in newly renovated 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.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS


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

COST/FUNDING
Artist alumni of the Studios at MASS MoCA may re-apply for a residency at any time. Alumni go through the same application jurying process as other applicants. If selected, alumni will have the option for partial financial aid that reduces the weekly rate from $650/wk to a special rate of $400/wk for residencies of 4+ weeks, $430/wk for a 3-week residency, and $450/wk for a 2-week residency. Unfortunately, additional financial aid is not available for alumni artists. We ask those who are able to pay the full rate of $650 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.

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

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program