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Artist & Writer Residencies (2 - 4 weeks) hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program

Application for Sessions between Nov. 7, 2018 and Dec. 4, 2018

Application Deadline: April 27, 2018 11:59pm. No application fee.


The 10 Massachusetts-based artists selected for this residency opportunity 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. (Certain applicants, depending on their projects, will be invited to share a communal studio space at Makers' Mill -- the printmaking and fiber arts studio -- in downtown North Adams.)
  • Housing across the street from the museum, in newly 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.
  • 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 Makers’ Mill, a printmaking and fiber arts makerspace on Main Street in North Adams (a short walk from the museum), offering shared use of relief press, etching presses, silkscreen and book arts equipment, as well as looms, sewing machines, small tools and work tables.
  • Group workshops with artist-experts on personal finance and career development, and optional one-on-one assistance with financial planning and goal-setting, provided via MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists staff.

Eligibility: We welcome applications from Massachusetts-based artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, writers, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly (no power tools in the private studios, and no music out loud – headphones only). Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects, but it is unlikely that more than 2-3 members of a collective could be accommodated. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Dates: Participants must register for at least 2 weeks, and up to 4 weeks, from Nov. 7, 2018 to Dec. 4, 2018.

Cost: Participants pay $150/week for this deeply subsidized session, and we will further offset that cost by providing a $450 stipend to assist with travel/meals. This financial aid for Massachusetts artists is made possible by the Barr Foundation.

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