Arts and Writing Residencies

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Name of FunderDetailsDue DateDescription
Alliance of Artist CommunitiesHelpful resource containing a residency directory, and reminders of upcoming and ongoing deadlines.
List of worldwide arts residencies Helpful resource of arts residencies across the globe.
Anderson Center2 or 4 weeksFebruary or March 1The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants.

This program is the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Since the Center opened in 1995, more than 700 artists, writers, and scholars from over 45 states and 40 foreign countries have participated in the program.
Lanesboro (MN) Residency Program2 or 4 weeksJune 30The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program offers two- and four-week residencies each year that are designed to provide emerging artists the opportunity to create new work while interacting with the community.
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA 4-10 weeksJune 5The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends when available. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.
SEMAC School Residency Grants1-5 school days60 days prior to projectThe School Residency grant is intended to support artist residencies in schools. A residency is an interactive arts activity involving K-12 students, teachers, and artists. Residencies provide young people with a direct arts experience with artists, as well as encourage the artist’s professional development by providing a unique employment experience and audience contact. Residencies must be based upon a well-defined project and at least one full day or up to five full school days in length, and culminate in a capstone event that is accessible and open to the public.

• School Residency applications of no less than $300 and no more than $3,000 will be considered for funding.
• No matching funds are required for Artists in Education grants.
• Recipients of School Residency grants are eligible to reapply annually.
• The deadline for receipt of application is sixty days prior to the planned artist residency.
The Camargo Foundation Residency 6-11 weeksvariesThe Foundation’s primary program consists of individual fellowship residencies of one to three months. The Foundation welcomes applications from individuals in the following areas:

Scholars and thinkers in arts and humanities should be working in French and Francophone cultures, including cross-cultural studies that engage the cultures and influences of the Mediterranean region. Thinkers include professionals such as curators, artistic and executive directors of cultural organizations, cultural critics, and academic deans
Artists, in all disciplines, who are the primary creators of new work
The Camargo Foundation welcomes scholars and artists from all countries and nationalities as well as all career levels.
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency ProgramvariesThis residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, viedeo/filmmakers, and visual artists who share The Rockefeller Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humanity around the world, and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial angagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists.
Willappa Bay AirOne monthWillapa Bay AiR, situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state, launched its residency program in March 2014. The Residency has been specifically designed, from the site selection to the architecturally specific building concepts, layouts, and materials, to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor.

They offer month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year. Applications are evaluated by selection committees comprised of working artists and professionals in the applicants' respective fields of discipline.
Millay Colony2 or 4 weeksMarch 1 or October 1The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month or two-week residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Residents artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at the pastoral campus.
Ucross Foundation2-6 weeksMarch 1 or October 1It is the mission of Ucross Foundation to foster fresh and innovative thinking in the visual arts, literature, and music by providing residencies, work space and uninterrupted time to individual artists, writers, and composers.  The Foundation supports Residents whose work reflects a depth of individual creative exploration and the potential for significant future accomplishments.  Situated on a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Ucross Foundation's unique geographic location introduces individuals to the land, people and ethos of the northern High Plains and Rocky Mountain region. 
JentelOne month, food not included September 15 or January 15The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. There artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land.
Bush Creek Arts Foundation2 or 4 weeksSeptember 15 or March 15Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West. Located on 30,000 acres of scenic splendor at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, the camp is situated right next to Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges.
Writers, visual artists, performance artists, musicians and composers are encouraged to apply for our two and four week artist residency programs, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities and incredible natural beauty. However, priority will be given to the applicants applying for four week residency programs. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Whether solitude or social engagement is inspiring, the opportunities for creative enrichment are endless at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.
Writing Between the VinesOne week, food not includedWriting Between the Vines offers writers a space to work, a place to create-- surrounded by the beauty and majesty of vineyards in locations around the world. Funded through application fees and in partnership with wineries, Writing Between the Vines provides writers the time to focus on works in progress or cultivate new ideas in residencies of up to one week in length
Writers Omi1-2 monthsvariesGuests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts2-8 weeksMarch 1 or September 1The KHN Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with comfortable accommodations, ample studio space, and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay. A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies monthFebruary 1No cell phones, no wi-fi. Blue Mountain Center, founded in 1982, provides a supportive working community for writers, artists, and activists. The Traditional Residency Program is open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines—including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists. Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee of accomplished authors and artists. The committee is particularly interested in fine work that evinces social and ecological concern and is aimed at a general audience.
Edward F. Albee Foundation4 or 6 weeks, food not includedApplication begin January 1Located approximately two miles from the center of Montauk and the Atlantic Ocean, "The Barn" rests in a secluded knoll which offers privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. The Foundation expects all those accepted for residence to work seriously and to conduct themselves in such a manner as to aid fellow residents in their endeavors. Writers are offered a room; visual artists are offered a room and studio space. Residents are responsible for their food, travel, and other expenses. The environment is simple and communal. Residents are expected to do their share in maintaining the condition of "The Barn" as well as its peaceful environment.
Wildacres Retreat1 or 2 weeksJanuary 15The Wildacres Residency Program began in 1999 and over the past sixteen years has hosted nearly 500 writers, artists, musicians and others. Participants stay in one of three comfortable cabins located 1/4 mile from the conference center. Past residents have found the setting conducive to their work and have had a great "Wildacres experience." Two people collaborating on a project may come together and stay in Azalea cabin, which has a loft to accommodate the second person. The Laurel cabin is fully ADA compliant.
The Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow1 week - 3 monthsVariesThe Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow is a unique residency program for writers, artists, composers, architects, and chefs in the historic arts village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nestled on a beautiful bend in the road known as Dairy Hollow, the Colony hosts more than 50 established and emerging writers a year for residencies that vary in length from one week to three months.

The Colony is now open year-round, and winter is a very quiet, serene time to visit. For writers who join us to craft and compose their work, Colony time is magical. Residents apply and are juried into the Colony for either subsidized general residency or a Fellowship-funded stay. In the privacy of separate, individual writing suites fully equipped with bedroom, writing area, wifi, a/c, private bath, private entrance and mini-kitchens, and with all meals provided, our residents write, and write, and write!
Writers in the HeartlandWriters in the Heartland is a residency program in Central Illinois
founded to nurture emerging and established writers.
Our Mission is to provide a tranquil environment conducive to
artistic production and intellectual exchange.
Writers are housed in The Writers Building that contains five private bedrooms and two baths, a kitchen and a conference room. Three meals a day are provided in the main dining room, although writers may prefer to take food back to their rooms. All meals are mostly vegetarian, low in fat and sodium, 1,500 calories a day. With the exception of mealtimes, the residency enforces a non-communication policy up to six o'clock p.m. to allow writers the necessary privacy to concentrate on their work.
ArtcroftArtcroft Creative Center in Millersburg is being developed to bring creative individuals into greater contact with the public for the mutual benefit of all parties. Millersburg has a population of approx.. 800 people Located in central KY . within 15 miles of Artcroft Farm. The Founders of Artcroft believe day today exchange within the local community will add greatly to the cultural life of Millersburg and give artist opportunities to share their work in new ways yet to be explored. The extensive renovations of a major commercial block of buildings in the center of town on hwy 68 have give a much appreciated lift to the image of the community. Programing of exhibitions and events have and will provide a vibrant opportunity to enjoy the arts.
Hedgebrook2-6 weeksLate JulyHedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.
360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free Winter Residency One MonthSeptember 27The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artist and Writer's Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico on the shores of the largest lake in the country where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. We now offer four live/work spaces. Residents will be inspired by the natural beauty, history and culture of this special part of central Mexico.

National and International visual artists, photographers, dancers, writers, new media makers and musicians over the age of 23 are welcome to apply. They base their selections on artists who demonstrate artistic accomplishment, submit a well-conceived residency project, indicate that this residency will make a significant impact and provide evidence of the self-reliance required for a residency in the developing world. One of the live/work spaces is earmarked for a writer and one for an emerging artist. Two-person collaborative teams are also encouraged to apply.
Kerouac Project3 monthsMarch 13The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past they have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a welcome potluck dinner for the new resident, and a reading of your work at the Kerouac House. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
La Napoule Art Foundationvaries, often 1 monthvariesLa Napoule Art Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage artists to engage in cultural interchange and the creation of art that impacts the world for the common good. LNAF welcomes those engaged in a wide spectrum of artistic practice and varied backgrounds. For the interdisciplinary group residency, up to 10 artists at once live and work in Chateau de La Napoule. Some meals are provided, and $1,000 stipends may be available. $30 application fee.
The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & SciencesVaries, though there are fees to stay, note that there are many scholarships and stipends availableJanuary 15, April 15, September 15Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

We pledge to offer a nurturing retreat, preserve Hambidge’s pristine natural environment, and provide public educational programming.