Free 4-week residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA
Massachusetts-based BIPOC artists are invited to apply for a free 4-week residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA from Jan. 27 to Feb. 23, 2020. MASS MoCA is partnering with the CreateWell Fund to extend outreach to a wider network of artists of color in Massachusetts. Applications must be received by Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM. At least 2 of the residency slots (and possibly more) will be awarded to applicants applying through this free open call with CreateWell. The applications will be reviewed by a jury consisting of MASS MoCA & CreateWell staff and artists, and the selected winners will receive a free 4-week residency that includes the following: A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s 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, with 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. 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 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. Group workshops with artist-experts on personal finance and career development, and optional one-on-one assistance with financial planning and goal-setting. A stipend of $250 from CreateWell to assist with travel & miscellaneous costs.
Applicants under this partnership between the CreateWell Fund and the Studios at MASS MoCA must be Massachusetts-based artists of color. They may be of any age, income level, and discipline (painters, sculptors, fiber artists, printmakers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, writers, etc.). The studios have no sound-proofing and only light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating loud noise or strong fumes cannot be accommodated. Preference will be given to low-income applicants, but there are no formal income-based restrictions.
MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program helps artists in all disciplines strengthen their financial and business capacity to sustain a lifetime of creative excellence. Assets for Artists provides professional development workshops, financial and business coaching, working capital grants and micro-loan referrals, artist residencies at MASS MoCA, and support for artists re-locating to North Adams, Massachusetts.