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Early Application for Residency Sessions from October 7, 2021 - March 30, 2021

Application Deadline: January 8, 2020, at 11:59pm eastern time. No application fee. 

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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 April 1, 2020), you will receive a formal letter of invitation to support your grant-writing effort, and you will then have until August 1, 2020, to secure the necessary financial support and pay a 50% deposit. MASS MoCA will hold the slot for you until August 1, 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 are generally from 2 to 8 weeks in length (occasionally shorter or longer residencies can be awarded).

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, 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, 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, but there will be per-person fees. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Full Cost: $650 per week per person

Financial Aid: Applicants selected for fall/winter 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 fall/winter 2020 should apply through the regular application, which will have a deadline in July 2020.

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