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.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists is a program by artists for artists. We provide professional development workshops, coaching, working capital grants, and creative community building for artists across CT, MA & RI. We envision a world where artists are paid fairly, valued for their artistic, social, and economic contributions, and given equitable access to resources to thrive. Assets for Artists' Capacity Building Grant Program pairs an unrestricted micro-grant of $2000 with professional development tools for artists to design and build their creative future.

PROGRAM DETAILS
In partnership with the Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), the 2023 Connecticut Capacity Building Grant program has been designed so that each artist determines what they need from a broad array of opportunities, which means that each artist's path through the program will look a little different. There are no requirements, only opportunities. After being accepted into the program, grantees complete a brief onboarding call with one of A4A's Program Managers to learn more about the resources available to them. This also gives our team a chance to learn more about you and your creative goals.


Each grantee will have access to:

  • An unrestricted grant of $2,000 paid out at a time of your choosing.
  • Priority access to Assets for Artists online workshops for the year (some specifically designed with your cohort in mind).
  • At least one individual coaching session with an A4A trainer of your choice.
  • Support for setting goals and making an action-oriented plan to reach them.
  • Peer-networking opportunities within your cohort of fellow grantees.


More questions? Check out our FAQ.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicant for this specific grantee cohort must currently be a full-time resident of Connecticut and maintain full-time residency through the duration of the program. Please note that you are not required to be a US citizen or to provide documentation of legal residence in the US.


Our Capacity-Building Grant program is open to artists and creatives of any discipline. We define “artist” very broadly to include visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, theater artists, craftspeople, jewelers, fashion designers, puppeteers, fiber artists, drag performers, photographers, filmmakers, woodworkers, traditional artisans, social practitioners, and more! 


While we welcome artists at any stage of their career to apply, most of the artists we’ve served identify as emerging or mid-career. Some of our artists are self-taught, while others have MFAs; some are relatively new to art while others have been making work for decades. Many of the artists we work with have never before received a grant. We strongly encourage artists from under-resources communities and backgrounds to apply. Learn how Assets for Artists endeavors to work within an anti-oppression framework.


The Capacity-Building Grant is best suited for creatives who are excited to engage with program offerings, ready to build a more sustainable practice and expand their network of creative peers.

NOTE FOR FORMER A4A GRANTEES: While in most cases you are welcome to re-apply, past grantees are de-prioritized over those who have not yet gone through our program. Those past grantees who do receive a second grant are able to demonstrate that they are taking a significantly new direction in their career that needs new planning and coaching support. Questions? Contact: assetsforartists@massmoca.org.


PROGRAM TIMELINE
Application Opens: January 1st, 2023
Application Closes: February 22, 2023
Grantees Announced: late-March/early-April 2023
Onboarding Calls: April 2023
Workshops begin: May 2023 - September 2023

MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program