Ends on July 6, 2017

Artist & Writer Residencies (1 - 8 weeks) hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Program

Application for Sessions from October 13, 2017 - April 2, 2018

Application Deadline: July 6, 2017 11:59pm. No application fee.


Residents (10 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, 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.
  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program (www.assetsforartists.org) is available during all sessions. This free coaching helps artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice.
Financial Wellness Sessions: A subset of the artists invited to participate in the fall/winter season will be offered slots in a "financial wellness" residency session, including group workshops with artist experts on personal finance, and one-on-one assistance with financial planning. Interested applicants will provide additional information to be considered.

Eligibility: We welcome applications from 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. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

Full Cost: $650/week for regular sessions; $150/week for "financial wellness" sessions

Financial Aid: All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need. (As noted above, certain sessions include a professional development focus on "financial wellness;" these 2-week sessions will cost only $150/week, and will provide a $500 stipend to assist with travel/meals.)

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