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.

Massachusetts-based artists are invited to apply for a free 4-week residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA from Jan. 29 to Feb. 25, 2020. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM.

The applications will be reviewed by a jury consisting of MASS MoCA staff and artists, and the selected winners will receive a free 4-week residency that includes the following:
 

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s 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, with 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Group workshops with artist-experts on personal finance and career development, and optional one-on-one assistance with financial planning and goal-setting.

Eligibility: Applicants (who must be based in Massachusetts) may be of any age, income level, and discipline (painters, sculptors, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, etc.). The studios have no sound-proofing, and only light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating loud noise or strong fumes cannot be accommodated. There are no income-based restrictions.

Dates: The selected artist(s) must be available to register for at least 2 weeks, and up to 4 weeks, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 25, 2020.


Cost: The full value of the 4-week residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA is more than $650 per week. The artists selected for this opportunity will receive a full fee waiver. Applicants will be responsible for their own travel costs, artistic materials, and meals (other than one group meal per day provided by MASS MoCA) while in residence. (There's daily Peter Pan bus service -- about a 6-hour trip -- from Boston to North Adams. No vehicle is required once you are in North Adams. Key amenities -- grocery store, pharmacies, restaurants, post office, library, gym, etc. -- are all located a short distance from MASS MoCA.)

The fee waiver for Massachusetts artists is made possible by the Barr Foundation.

Application for Residency Sessions from October 9, 2019 - April 21, 2020
Application Deadline: July 8, 2019, at 11:59pm eastern time. No application fee.
MASS MoCA invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 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, plywood floors, 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 (www.assetsforartists.org), 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. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Full Cost: $650/week

Financial Aid: Many selected applicants will be offered subsidies based on both artistic merit and financial need. 

Early Application for Residency Sessions from April 22, 2020 - October 6, 2020
Application Deadline: July 10, 2019, at 11:59pm eastern time. No application fee. 

While our regular application process is used to schedule artists for residency sessions occurring within 3 to 9 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 August 15, 2019), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support your grantwriting effort, and you will then have until February 15, 2020, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. MASS MoCA will hold the slot for you until February 15, 2020, and if you are unsuccessful in securing the grants 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.

Residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA can be from 1 week to 10 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, plywood floors, 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 (www.assetsforartists.org), 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. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Full Cost: $650/week

Financial Aid: Applicants selected for spring/summer 2020 through the "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 for spring/summer 2020 should apply through the regular application, which will have a deadline of January 8, 2020.

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program