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.


NOTE: We are only accepting applications from artists who qualify for one of our specific fellowships this season. 

This restriction is due to the limited slots available on our 2022 calendar from having to re-schedule so many previously scheduled residencies that were cancelled because of COVID-19. If you do not qualify for one of our fellowship slots, you are welcome to apply via our "EARLY APPLICATION" for the first half of 2023 (Note: Early Applications are not eligible for financial aid) or wait until the next deadline for regular residencies in July 2022.

This Application is primarily for residency sessions from July 2022 - Dec 2022
(Due to limited 2022 slots remaining, we will also collect your availability in Jan - May 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 priority access to our Assets for Artists Business Workshops, and weekly roundtables with staff and fellow artists-in-residence 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.
  • 1-year access to financial and business workshops through MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program (www.assetsforartists.org), helping artists in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice (with advice available on taxes, grant writing, project budgeting, etc.).



ELIGIBILITY

This season's application is only for fellowship-qualifying applicants. See if you qualify for one of our fellowships here.

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
All fellowship opportunities are fully funded. There is no cost to attend. Most artists must provide their own travel, food, and supplies. A daily lunch is provided.


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

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

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 March 2022), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support your grant-writing effort, and you will then have until August 1, 2022, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. MASS MoCA will hold the slot for you until August 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 (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 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 July 2022.

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

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program