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 January 1, 2022 - April 26, 2022

(Note: This year, we do not have any residency availabilities from April 27 - June 22, 2022)

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


PLEASE READ: Some of our special residency programs have different applications. You should NOT use this application if you are applying for the Puerto Rico Artist Fellowship, the MCLA Under 27 Writer-in-Residence, or if you are a MASS MoCA Studios alumni. If you are applying for any of these opportunities, please return to our main Submittable page and select the correct application.


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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff to discuss grant writing, business planning, marketing, portfolio reviews, and more.
  • 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.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the Assets for Artists  program.


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 $900+/week of actual costs to operate the residency). However, every applicant in the regular application pool may opt to be considered for both merit- and need-based financial aid to lower this fee even more. The Studios also offers a number of full-ride fellowships. These now include a number of merit-based general fellowships, open to all applicants. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about our funding opportunities.


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 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of shutdown, the Studios at MASS MoCA reopened on July 15, 2020 at partial capacity in order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the shared apartments. In July 2021 we plan to return to full capacity. Please note that, due to COVID-related reschedulings, we have a more limited numbers of slots available in 2022 than typical. 

Aplicación a la residencia en Español aquí.


For the fourth year in a row, the Studios at MASS MoCA invites Puerto Rican artists to apply for fully-funded 4-week residencies. The normal residency fee will be waived, and additional support will be provided for travel and meals.


Learn more about the Studios at MASS MoCA

Learn more about the Puerto Rico Artist Fellowship

Participating artists 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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff to discuss grant writing, business planning, marketing, portfolio reviews, and more.
  • 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.
  • $800 stipend to assist with airfare and ground transportation costs to/from MASS MoCA.
  • A stipend of $100 per week to help pay for groceries and miscellaneous expenses.


ELIGIBILITY

This fellowship began as a way to support artists affected by Hurricane Maria and the continued difficulties that Puerto Rico has experienced since. We now welcome applications from Puerto Rican artists who EITHER currently live on the island OR who formerly lived on the island, but have had to leave since Hurricane Maria. 

We encourage artists at all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, writers, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) to consider applying. Applicants must have an art practice that allows them to work quietly (our studios are in close proximity to each other and are not sound-proofed, so no loud power tools may be used in the studios, and no music out loud – headphones only). The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.


Fee: There is no fee to apply, and the normal $650/week full-price fee to attend will be waived for the selected Puerto Rico Fellowship artists.

2022 Residencia Artística para Artistas de Puerto Rico


Fecha de Entrega de Solicitud: 08 de julio de 2022, 11:59 PM.  No hay costo para la solicitud.

Conozca más sobre la residencia de artistas de Puerto Rico

Los Estudios en MASS MoCA proveen residencias artísticas en el campus del Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), el centro de arte contemporánea más grande de América, localizado en una ciudad pequeña en el oeste de Massachusetts.  Por el quarto año corrido, estamos encantados de invitar a artistas de Puerto Rico a solicitar para residencias artísticas que pueden durar hasta 4 semanas.


Artistas participantes recibirán:

  • Un estudio privado en un espacio atractivo en el campus de MASS MoCA, una fábrica remodelada, con mucha luz natural, acceso al estudio de 24 horas, pisos de madera compresa, una mesa de trabajo y silla en cada estudio, y baños y fregaderos de trabajo compartidos.
  • Alojamiento en frente del museo en apartamentos recientemente remodelados (cuarto privado/ cama Queen con cocina y baño compartido). Estos son buenos apartamentos, pero por favor note que es vivienda comunal (4 personas por apartamento) en una localización central – personas con dificultades durmiendo por favor noten.
  • Un estipendio de $800 para ayudar con los costos de la tarifa aérea y del transporte terrestre desde / hacia MASS MoCA.
  • Una comida al día en grupo.
  • Un estipendio de $100 por semana para ayudar a pagar las comidas.
  • Beneficios de la membresía de MASS MoCA por la duración de la residencia, incluyendo acceso gratis a las galerías del museo y descuentos a los eventos de artes escénicas y compras en la tienda del museo.



Elegibilidad: Esta beca fue creada con el propósito de apoyar a artistas afectados por el huracán María y las dificultades que ha vivido Puerto Rico desde ese entonces. Estamos aceptando solicitudes de artistas quienes actualmente viven en Puerto Rico o quienes hayan vivido en la isla y fueron desplazados debido al huracán María.

Animamos a los artistas en toda época de su carrera, cualquier nivel económico y disciplina (pintores, escultores, artistas de instalación, escritores, artistas en fibra, artistas de grabados, actores, diseñadores, fotógrafos, cinematógrafos, etc.) a considerar la solicitud. Los solicitantes deben tener una práctica artística que les permita trabajar calladamente (no se permite herramientas eléctricas ruidosas en los estudios ni música – audífonos solamente). Los estudios no tienen ventilación potente, así es que no se puede acomodar una práctica de arte que genere vapores fuertes.

Honorario: No se requiere honorario para solicitar, el honorario normal de la residencia de $650/semana se condonará para los artistas seleccionados y ayuda adicional se proveerá para transportación y comida.

Tengan en cuenta: Se nos hace más fácil recibir solicitudes en inglés, así es que, si se siente cómodo/a llenando la solicitud en inglés, por favor vaya a https://assetsforartists.submittable.com/submit/193704/2022-puerto-rico-artist-fellowship-at-the-studios-at-mass-moca

Gracias.

MCLA’S UNDER 27 WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE
APRIL 13 – 26, 2022

2-week, fully funded residency + up to $300 travel reimbursement. Open to writers who will still be under the age of 27 on April 15, 2022. Applicants may come from any country, but must write in English as one of their primary languages. Prose, poetry, and hybrid forms welcome.

For this residency, you will be hosted by both the Studios at MASS MoCA and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts institution just up the road from the museum). In addition to your 2-week residency at the Studios, as MCLA’s Under 27 Writer-in-Residence, you’ll also be asked to give a public reading at MCLA’s Gallery 51 in downtown North Adams, offer a 2-hour craft class (with a theme and design of your choosing) to the MCLA community, and be fêted with a dinner where you might discuss your work as a young writer with undergraduate creative writing students.

Residency will occur April 13-26, 2022. These days are not flexible, so you must be available for the full residency to be awarded this fellowship.


As a resident at the Studios at MASS MoCA, you 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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff to discuss grant writing, business planning, marketing, portfolio reviews, and more.
  • 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.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business counseling through the Assets for Artists program.

For full details on the facilities and accommodations at the Studios at MASS MoCA, visit: www.massmoca.org/studios



ELIGIBILITY
Writers of prose, poetry, or hybrid forms who work in English as one of their primary languages and who will still be under the age of 27 on April 15, 2022. There are no geographic limitations and international applications are welcome.


COST/FUNDING
Residency fees for this opportunity are fully subsidized, and the resident will receive up to $300 in travel reimbursements. Residents receive a daily lunch, but are otherwise expected to provide their own food and supplies.


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 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of shutdown, the Studios at MASS MoCA reopened on July 15, 2020 at partial capacity in order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the shared apartments. In July 2021 we plan to return to full capacity.

Application for Residency Sessions from June 22 - December 20, 2022

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 already subsidized rate of $650 per week.

If offered a residency from the early application process (decisions announced in September 2021), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support your grant-writing effort, and you will then have until February 1, 2022, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. MASS MoCA will hold the slot for you until February 1, 2022, 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:

  • 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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff to discuss grant writing, business planning, marketing, portfolio reviews, and more.
  • 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.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the Assets for Artists program.

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.

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 2022.

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

Application for Residency Sessions from January 1, 2022 - April 26, 2022
(Note: This year, we do not have any residency availabilities from April 27 - June 22, 2022)
For full details about the Studios at MASS MoCA, visit: www.massmoca.org/studios


PLEASE READ: This application is for alumni of the Studios at MASS MoCA only.


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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff to discuss grant writing, business planning, marketing, portfolio reviews, and more.
  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries, The Clark, and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the Assets for Artists program.



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 may request consideration 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 that financial aid for those who have not yet been able to enjoy a residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA. 


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 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a period of shutdown, the Studios at MASS MoCA reopened on July 15, 2020 at partial capacity in order to allow for appropriate social distancing in the shared apartments. In July 2021 we plan to return to full capacity. Due note that, due to covid-related reschedulings, we have a more limited numbers of slots available in 2022 than typical. 

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MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists is teaming up with the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition to unveil a new, more robust North Adams Project program!


BACKGROUND

The North Adams Project began in 2014 as a program to attract artists to the North Adams region. Grants were given to both existing North Adams artists and those looking to relocate to the community. Now North Adams has a robust creative community, and our attention has shifted to ensuring that those artists currently here have the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to set down deep, lasting roots in the Northern Berkshires. 


THE NEW NORTH ADAMS PROJECT

The North Adams Artist Impact Coalition (AIC) recognizes that a collective can always accomplish more together than any individual can alone. Under the leadership of AIC and administered by  MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists (A4A), the new North Adams Project will provide grant funds, community networking and in-kind support to a small cohort of artists who live or have studio space in North Adams AND who are looking to deepen their roots or become better engaged/active within North Adams in a specific way. 

Ideal applicants are those who can identify specific ways they are looking to become better connected to the city. Examples might include (but aren't limited to) artists who want to:

  • Deepen their studio practice in North Adams and strive to make their work more visible within the North Adams community. 
  • Start a public-facing business or creative space.
  • Develop integrated public or community-engaged art in our region.
  • Work more within a specific North Adams community.
  • Engage more directly with artists and arts organizations in North Adams.
  • Become involved in city government or other community service roles.
  •  Purchase a house in town.

The applicant's desired career growth and community connections may relate to a specific art project OR they may relate to strengthening one's creative practice more broadly. 


Artists selected for the 2021 North Adams Project cohort will receive:

  • A grant of between $1,000 - $4,000 (individual amounts to be determined by the review committee, factoring in the financial needs of each selected applicant as well as the overall pool of available funds).
  • A local community liaison whose role is to help you make the community connections or find the local resources you need to fulfill your vision for the next stage of your creative career in North Adams. 
  • Access to AIC members' extensive network of knowledge, community connections, and affiliations (including one-on-one and small group meetings to assist with problem-solving and network-building)
  • Professional development in the form of priority access to Assets for Artists' financial and business workshops, webinars and 1-on-1 coaching.
  • Access to a tight-knit group of fellow cohort members from across the North Adams arts scene.


ELIGIBILITY

Artists and creative entrepreneurs of all disciplines and at all career stages are welcome to apply. We define "artist" broadly to include music, dance, writing, film, craft, design, visual art, performance art, jewelry, folk art, curation, and more. Eligible artists must either have a home address OR studio address in North Adams, MA. A studio address can include access to shared studio space, such as at Beaver Mill or Common Folk. Both artists who just moved to town and those who have lived here for decades are invited to apply.

Artists who are considering moving to North Adams, but haven't yet done so are NOT eligible for the new North Adams Project unless you can demonstrate a firm commitment to move here (such as a signed lease or purchase & sale agreement). If your plans to move to North Adams are still uncertain, hit us up when you relocate!


GRANT FUNDS / GRANTEE OBLIGATIONS

Grantees will be expected to:

  • Meet with their community liaison on a quarterly basis (or more frequently, if desired) to check in and discuss how you're doing and what community connections or other in-kind support AIC can provide you.
  • Complete a written 2-year plan for the use of your grant funds as it relates to your practice here in North Adams. Don't worry--we'll provide all grantees with examples of how to do this!
  • Engage the North Adams Community in whatever way best matches your individual creative goals as outlined in your application.

Funds will be distributed on a variable timeline, depending on the needs of the grantee. Larger grants will be broken up into multiple payments over a couple years, to provide longterm support. Grantees will receive their first funds after the writing of their 2-year plan.


SELECTION

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Clear vision for how they wish to deepen their creative practice's roots in or become better connected to the North Adams community.
  • Readiness to begin the work with appropriate support.
  • Strength of current creative practice.

Please note:

  • There are no income / financial restrictions, although preference may be given to applicants with greater financial need.
  • Artists who have previously received an Assets for Artists or Artist Impact Coalition grant (including the North Adams Project, A4A Matched Savings or Capacity-Building grant, and AIC's Rapid Response Working Capital grant) are eligible to apply, but may receive lower priority than artists who have not yet benefitted from A4A/AIC grants. 


Applicants may begin and return to their saved application anytime before the deadline.

Application deadline: Monday, June 14, 11:59 PM


Generous support for the North Adams Project has been provided by the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


WHAT IS THE NORTH ADAMS ARTIST IMPACT COALITION?

The Artist Impact Coalition is a group of artists and community arts organizers who care about making North Adams an amazing place for artists to live and work. We’re the folks who organize the North Berkshire Artist Meet-ups, monthly artist e-newsletter, the North Adams Artist Census, and monthly community conversations around race and equity. We focus our energy on providing resources for artists to live and thrive in the Northern Berkshires and specifically North Adams. We use a "Collective Impact" model – with its growing body of evidence in support of highly coordinated intervention strategies to achieve long-lasting change in the face of stubborn obstacles. LEARN MORE.

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