Saturday, May 30, 2009


It's late and I'm off to bed but I had a couple random thoughts....first, I wanted to remind you all that there is only one more day left to fill out my fun two second poll on the right hand sidebar. More polls to come, by the way... I also wanted to thank a couple people who recently sent donations. One artist sent donations twice in the last couple months! Thank you Amy! Every little bit counts, even those five to fifteen dollar donations. Another loyal fan sent me an incredible photograph (thank you Simen.) And I especially want to express my gratitude to artist, curator and blogger Catherine Tedford (AKA Sticker Kitty) who bleeps me announcements all the time and who tells everyone in the world about my blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You're the best! And speaking of announcements, you should be aware that a lot of residencies have September 15th deadlines. I will post more of them soon, but don't forget to check out the links on the lower right for residencies (,,, etc.). They have hundreds of residencies just waiting to be discovered by you. And if you prefer browsing through a book that gives excellent descriptions of residencies all over the world, go to the lower right sidebar and click on the blue book: Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies that Offer Time and Space for Creativity (the second book listed). Most if not all of the places inside the book are still active residencies. Sometimes it's nice to do research the old fashioned way, you know? Buy the book from me and I get a wee percentage! Have a great weekend...more wonderous things to come....Mira


Howard Fellowships in Fiction and Poetry
Stipends of $25,000 will be awarded to support individuals working on specific writing projects for the academic year 2010-2011. There are no residency requirements for individuals who receive awards. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 9, 2009. Beginning in the fall of 2010, the Howard Foundation plans to follow a five-year rotation of fields for its annual fellowship competition, as described below:
2010-2011 Fiction and Poetry
2011-2012 Creative Non-Fiction, Translation, Literary and Film Studies
2012-2013 Photography Anthropology, Archaeology
2013-2014 Painting, Sculpture History of Art and Architecture
2014-2015 Playwriting, Music Theatre Studies, Musicology, History
2015-2016 Creative Writing in English: Fiction and Poetry Philosophy
Appropriate candidates for a Howard Fellowship should have completed their formal studies within the past five to fifteen years and should also have successfully completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the awarding of tenure at a research institution or for achieving comparable peer recognition, e.g., through publication. The Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields. The Foundation targets its support specifically to early mid-career individuals. Application materials for the 2010-2011 competition in Creative Writing in English: Fiction and Poetry are available through this link. For more information, go to: Applications are now available for the 2010–2011 fellowship year.

Amsterdam Writer-in-Residence Program
These writing residencies are available for three to five months and include living space in the heart of the old Amsterdam. The existing funds do not cover the author's travel expenses, but do allow for a maximum residence grant of 2,000 Euro per month. Active assistance will be provided to the authors to help find subsidies in their respective countries of origin in order to finance the journey to Amsterdam. Open deadline.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Hello dear Readers! I hope you are all well, making art and applying for things out there. I just wanted you to know that there are only a couple days left for you to fill out the two second poll on the right hand side bar of my site AND also to tell you that it looks like my radio show will probably be on Wednesday, June 10th. I'll let you know for sure in the next few days. If all goes well, you should be able to upload the interview sometime soon after the show is aired from my website and the radio station's site as well. By the way, my book is really going out to publishers later this month, which means that I will have more time to write a couple new articles for you, as well as my regular postings. In the meantime, check out this really cool public art project (FOR ALL DISCIPLINES) in Berlin I just heard about. The deadline is SOON—June 12th—so get going!

Neue Gesellschaft fuer Bildende Kunst/New Society for Visual Arts. The new art project on the Berlin Underground, U10 –"From Here to the Imaginary and Back Again," sets a focus on the social and collaborative dimension of public art. Artists or collaborative groups of artists and non-artists are invited to take part in this call for submissions. Preference will be given to artists who see their work as a means of exchange and shared dialogue and who are interested in reaching new audiences. This may include a readiness to collaborate with, for example, groups of BVG staff or passengers who have little experience of contemporary art. The organizers cannot take part in the call themselves. The U10 project will run for a maximum of three years. The organizers are looking for situation specific and/or participatory projects which focus on the Berlin Underground and its staff and/or users. They can range from being short, interventionistic artistic reactions to specific occurrences on the Underground to being long term collaborations. The competition sees members of staff, passengers, kiosk and snack bar owners, buskers and ticket traders not only as a potential audience but also as potential collaborators on a joint research of the Berlin Underground.

This project will be run by Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NBGK) Berlin, in collaboration with the Berlin Underground Train Network (BVG), and financed by Berlin Council's Department of Culture and supported by Wall AG. I'm not sure how much the funding is for this project or whether it includes travel expenses, but you can write them and find out. For more information and to download the application form, go to: and click on 'competition.' If you don't speak German, go in the upper right hand corner of the website and click on the tiny "en" for English. Address: NGBK / U10 Competition Oranienstrasse 25, D - 10999 Berlin, Germany E-mail: [email protected] Website: Deadline: June 12, 2009.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Jentel Artist Residency Program
With spectacular views over scoria-topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains, Jentel is located on a working cattle ranch in the Lower Piney Creek Valley twenty miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. Residencies are one month long. The upcoming deadline for residencies from January 2010 to May 2010 is September 15, 2009. Jentel welcomes artists working in all media and writers working in all genres. Applicants are US citizens or members of the international arts community currently living in the United States. The minimum age is 25 years. Student applications are not accepted. While Jentel is a low-tech and non-equipment based residency, a Takach Garfield lithography press and drying rack are located in one studio. The main house provides a comfortable living space with communal areas designed for research, recreation, food preparation and dining and relaxation. Each resident has a large private room. Residents make their own meals/groceries provided.Residents are responsible for their travel, working materials and personal items during the residency. However, if awarded a residency, artists receive a $400 stipend to help defray the costs of food and personal items during their stay. Residents are encouraged to apply for funding support from state and community arts and culture agencies. Past residents have been successful in securing support from foundations in their region or discipline. For more information, visit their website at:

Ucross Foundation Residency Program
Ucross, a 20,000-acre working cattle ranch on the High Plains of northeast Wyoming, near the Bighorn Mountains, provides residencies for writers, visual artists, composers, scholars and scientists working in all disciplines. People at all stages of their professional careers are invited to apply. Residents have a private bedroom in a shared house and all or most meals are provided by Ucross and prepared by their professional chef. Ucross is open to all disciplines from all countries. The next deadline is October 1, 2009. For more information, please visit the website at: or write to: Ucross, Foundation Residency Program, 30 Big Red Lane,, Clearmont, Wyoming 82835 United States. Work Tel: (307) 737-2291, Fax: (307) 737-2322. Email: [email protected] Website:

ART342 Residency
ART342 is in a semi-rural area in Colorado, ten minutes from Old Town Fort Collins and Colorado State University. Fort Collins is located 60 miles north of Denver, CO. It offers multiple outdoor activities, biking, hiking, camping, and easy access to the Rocky Mountain parks and ski slopes. Fort Collins enjoys a diverse local art and cultural scene while Denver is just an hour away. The Art342 Residency is open to artists of all genres and from all countries. Collaborators may apply as a team. One studio is equipped with a kiln. Another studio has a full set of music composition software, hardware, and recording gear. Residents have a private bedroom in a shared housing facility. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils, etc. but artists are responsible for their own groceries and meals. Occasionally, ART342 will host group meals. For residencies during September to December 2009, the deadline is July 1, 2009. For more information, please go to:

Goldwell Artist Residency
Goldwell is a rustic and unique desert art making experience to challenge and support the creative growth of artists from a variety of disciplines. All artists work primarily out of the Red Barn Art Center in Beatty, Nevada. The Center houses a large 1,125 square foot sculpture and painting studio, a gallery and performance space, and a non-toxic intaglio printmaking studio. Supported residencies offer a $500/week stipend plus housing; unsupported residencies available for $200 week. Residents sleep in a private bedroom at Goldwell House, which is located in the town of Beatty and has a full kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, office, a 1,000 square foot garage, laundry and lots of storage room. Vegetable gardens are in development for residents use. Residents make their own meals but groceries are provided. Residencies are open to all disciplines. Spouses/partners are allowed for full stay as well. For more information, contact: Artist Residency at Goldwell, P.O. Box 405, Beatty, Nevada 89003 United States. Work Tel: (702)-870-9946. Email: [email protected] For more info, please go to:


Artist-in-Residence Grants
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists program in 2010. Up to five New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time and support to explore the production of artist’s books and related work for a full year. The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in book arts, thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse backgrounds. The award includes a $750-$1,500 cash stipend (depending on funding) plus a materials budget between $750 to $1,000 (depending on funding), 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year, plus an individual studio space for 3 months. Artists also receive approximately $3,000-$5,000 tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Experienced printers and bookbinders will be available to advise the artists on issues of materials and techniques as they arise. An exhibition of the artist’s work produced at the Center during their residency will be presented as part of CBA’s Featured Artist Series exhibition series in the following year. Other possible opportunities to present work to the public include a lecture/performance at the Center. Artists are invited to submit applications postmarked by October 1, 2009 for the 2010 program. This program is for New York artists only. There is no application fee.

Women Studio Workshop Artist's Book Residency
These residency grants are designed to enable artists to produce a limited edition book work at WSW. Working intensively in our studios for six to eight weeks, artists print and bind their own books. WSW technical assistance includes training on new equipments, introduction to new materials, and assistance with production. The grant includes a stipend of $2,000 to $3,000 for six to eight weeks, materials up to $750, access to all studios, travel costs (within the Continental US), and housing. Projects are chosen by a jury of outside artists and curators. Postmark deadline is November 15. WSW also offers Studio Fellowships and other opportunities. Please check their website for more information:

Book Arts Residency in North Carolina
Interlude Edition's Artist-in-Residence Program, Asheville, NC
Artists working in the book form often lack space, equipment, creative resources, and dedicated time to create their work. Creating an edition (multiple handcrafted copies) of their work is an even greater challenge, yet editioning is one of the best ways for book artists to introduce their work more broadly to the community. Interlude Editions was established in 2007 to provide residencies of up to three months to artists working in the field of the book arts who wish to create limited editions of artists’ books and fine prints for education, exhibition, and distribution. Residencies take place at Asheville BookWorks (, a community resource center for print and book arts in Asheville, North Carolina. Interlude Editions provides Resident Artists with studio space and use of equipment at BookWorks, as well as a small stipend of up to $1000 to facilitate their work. Residencies are available to emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Collaborators (for example, a book artist and a writer) may be accepted for residencies. However, each collaborator must submit a separate application together with a joint project proposal. Residency Periods: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Spring Session: February – May ; Summer: June – August; Fall Session: September – December. Application Deadlines: October 15th for all sessions.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Greetings...sorry I was gone a couple days but now I'm back with some new announcements. Coming soon: book arts opportunities and more...

(WRITERS) Writers Grant Competition

The Elizabeth George Foundation is accepting applications for writing grants for 2010. Grants will be made to provide support for unpublished fiction writers, for unpublished and published poets, and for emerging playwrights. Interested writers should send a letter of inquiry to: Elizabeth George, Director, The Elizabeth George Foundation, PO Box 1429, Langley, WA 98260. Letters need to be received by the Foundation by July 1, 2009 to be considered for a grant for the 2010 calendar year. At this moment, I am not sure how much the grants are for so you will have to write to find out. I don't think they have a website. If anyone can find one for this foundation, please let me know!

(CANADIAN WRITERS) Creative Writing Grants
The Grants for Professional Writers Program covers subsistence, project and travel expenses. The Creative Writing Grants component gives Canadian authors (emerging, mid-career and established) time to write new literary works, including novels, short stories, poetry, children's literature, graphic novels and literary non-fiction. Deadline October 1, 2009.

(CANADIAN WRITERS) Project Assistance Grants Grants are between $5,000 and $10,000. The deadline is Sept. 15 2009, but check the website to see if there have been any changes since the economic crash. Also available from the British Columbia Arts Council are music grants, grants for visual artists, and much more (for Canadian citizens only). For more opportunities for Canadian artists, go to:

(ARTS WRITING) Frieze Writers' Prize
The frieze Writer’s Prize is an annual international award to discover and promote new art critics. The award will be judged in 2009 by critic and art historian James Elkins, novelist and critic Ali Smith, and co-editor of frieze magazine Jennifer Higgie. • Entrants must submit one previously unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, approximately 700 words in length. • Entries must be submitted in English, but may be a translation (this must be acknowledged). • Entrants must be over 18 years old. • To qualify, entrants may only previously have had a maximum of three pieces of writing on art published in any national or regional newspaper or magazine. Previous online publication is permitted. • The winning entrant will be commissioned to write a review for the October issue of frieze and be awarded 2000 GBP.
Deadline: 26 June 2009. • Entries should be emailed as a word attachment to [email protected]. Please do not send images.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


(ARTISTS & WRITERS) Residency in Iceland
Klaustrid (the Monastery) is a 3-6 week residency for artists, writers and scholars, Icelandic or foreign. The residence is managed by The Institute of Gunnar Gunnarsson. It includes a small apartment and workroom in the unique farmhouse, Skriduklaustur, which was built in 1939 by the famous Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson. Deadline: 15th of June, but applications are also welcome throughout the year. Klaustrid, Skriduklaustur i Fljotsdal, IS 701 EGILSSTADIR, Iceland. Telephone +354 471 2990. E-mail: [email protected] For more info:

(ENVIRONMENTAL ARTISTS) Residencies in Donegal, Ireland
Donegal County Council’s Public Art Office, in partnership with Leonardo/OLATS, seeks artists for one of five residencies (4-11 weeks) interested in exploring how art can address issues around global warming and climate change in County Donegal. Residencies will be of 4-11 weeks in duration (although proposals for shorter or longer periods can be considered). The residencies will not be studio based. The Regional Cultural Centre and other bodies in the region may accommodate proposals, which require studio space. The successful artists will not necessarily have to be resident in Donegal for the entire duration of the project. But they must demonstrate a commitment to working on the ground during at least part of the residency. For more information, please go to: Deadline: 08/03/09

(ALL DISCPLINES) Residency in Nebraska with Stipend
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2 to 8 week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Approximately 50 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year: postmarked March 1 for the following July through December 15; postmarked September 1 for the following January through June 15. $25 application fee. See website for complete information, guidelines and application: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410. 402-874-9600, [email protected] Deadline: 09/01/09

(ARTISTS) Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications for the 2010 Denali National Park Artist-in-Residence Program are now being accepted. Applications are due Oct. 31, 2009 and notifications will be made by November 30, 2009. The Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park began in 2001, and offers artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst the natural splendors of Denali Park. The park currently provides the use of the historic East Fork Cabin for ten-day periods from June through August. Visit to access the online program application and to learn more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I will be out of the office and offline until Monday, May 25th. In the meantime, try to soldier on without me! Make art, make music and movies, write and dance and remember—a lot of residency applications tend to be due in June, so make sure you get them in on time! I'll see you next week...have a great holiday weekend. Cheers, Mirabee

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


EMERGING ARTISTS: Watermill Center Residencies
Call for Proposals for Fall and Spring Sessions. Application Deadline: May 31, 2009. Watermill is a "laboratory for performance" which supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary artistic practices. Watermill invites emerging artists to submit ambitious proposals for the creation of collaborative works which critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. Watermill also welcomes research proposals from established scholars. Watermill is actively engaged in raising its international profile and extending its network of associates and encourages proposals from artists based outside the US. All proposals must be submitted via our online system at There are no exceptions.
About Watermill Center
The Watermill Center was founded in 1992 by its Artistic Director Robert Wilson as an international, multi-disciplinary center for studies in the arts and humanities. For the past sixteen years, the Watermill Center has been home to an International Summer Program led by Robert Wilson, focusing on new projects that he is developing in all areas of the arts. Watermill collaborates with institutions such as Park Avenue Armory, Kampnagel Hamburg, CUNY Martin E. Segal Theater Center, Taipei Cultural Center, Chez Bushwick and Radialsystem Berlin.

VISUAL ARTISTS: Ateljé Stundars Residency in Finland
Handelsesplanaden 23 A, 65100 Vaasa, Finland
Duration of residency is two to six months. Disciplines: Drawing & Painting, Media Art, and Sculpture. Artists from all countries may apply. Ateljé Stundars aims at providing foreign, mainly visual artists a studio and a guest apartment for two to six months. In the house is a sauna as well as laundry possibilities, basics for traditional art and pottery, dark room. There is a graphic workshop and in the area is also a printing museum offering possibilities to try some old printing techniques. Ateljé Stundars is equipped with a modern image editing computer. The artist apartment is situated only a few hundred meters away from the studio. The apartment is large and sunny enough for a part of it to also be used as a studio. Ateljé Stundars is situated in Solf, in the municipality of Korsholm - about 15 km south of Vasa in Ostrobothnia. Solf with its 1600 inhabitants is a genuine ostrobothnian village with a lot of wooden buildings in traditional peasant style. Ateljé Stundars is located in a living crafts and open-air museum area. It offers its guests beautiful nature, with open fields in a modern agricultural surrounding. Deadline: May 31st. E-mail: [email protected] Website:

VISUAL ARTISTS: Residency at Art Space Portsmouth, England
27 Brougham Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 4PA, United Kingdom
* Duration: 3 months (September - December) * Discipline: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Media Art, Photography, Printmaking, Stone Carving, Woodcraft * Targetgroup: International
Art Space Portsmouth is located within a converted church building. The ASP International Residency is aimed at emerging fine artists with some experience of professional practice who may have had limited exposure in the UK and whose work is engaged with contemporary debate within the international art world. The residency is non-prescriptive allowing the artist to develop work in response to their environment. Sculpture facilities, computers, facilities for Etching, Drypoint, Block Printing and Screen Printing. The studio is on the 2nd floor of the ASP building. It is 6 metres long and 2.8 metres wide and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The studio is wheelchair accessible and there is a lift and a disabled toilet. There are 28 studios in total. ASP International pays for the artists' studio space, a research and development fee of £3000, travel expenses (one return journey from place of origin to Portsmouth), accommodation, an exhibition or event at Aspex ( or offsite venue, material and production costs for an exhibition or event, use of facilities at The University of Portsmouth, a public presentation at Aspex. Deadline June 25. Telephone +44 23 92 874523, Fax +44 23 92 874523, E-mail [email protected] For more info, go to:

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Light Work Photography Residency
Every year Light work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse, NY to devote one month to creative projects. Over three hundred artists have participated in the AIR program, many of whom have since achieved international acclaim. The residency includes a $4,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art darkroom and digital facilities, and generous staff support. Work by each Artist-in-Residence is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. Contact Sheet is a beautiful publication that is sent to over four thousand art lovers, museums, galleries, and libraries in over thirty-two countries. Applications are accepted throughout the year. While there is no formal deadline, we complete reviews of portfolios every two or three months. The next review process is scheduled to take place in April 2009. We are currently scheduling a couple residencies for 2009; most of the 2009 residencies have already been announced on our blog.

Monday, May 18, 2009


HISTORICAL RESEARCH: Hodson-Brown Fellowship
The Hodson-Brown fellowship supports work by scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. It is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. The fellowship award supports two months of research (in Providence, R.I.) and two months of writing (at Washington College in Chestertown, Md). Housing and university privileges will be provided. The fellowship includes a stipend of $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000. Deadline for applications for the 2010 fellowship year is July 15, 2009. For more information, go to:

JOURNALISTS: Ochberg Fellowship
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Department of Communications, 102 Communications Building, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3740 E-Mail: [email protected]
Six or more expense-paid fellowships are available to mid-career journalists who want to apply knowledge of emotional trauma to improving coverage of violent events. Fellowships are open to print and broadcast reporters, photographers, editors and producers with at least five years of journalism experience. Fellows will attend a two-day seminar on the role emotional trauma plays in coverage of violent events, then will have access to all events and speakers in the annual conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies ( See web site for guidelines and application form. For more info, go to: Deadline: July 30.

FULBRIGHT GRANTS: Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, D.C. 20008-3009
The Council administers the Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Scholar Program for advanced research and university lecturing in more than 1,400 countries around the world. Some 800 grants are awarded annually to faculty and professionals in virtually all academic disciplines, including creative writing. Grant benefits vary by country, but usually include international travel, a monthly stipend, and other allowances. A similar program for scholars from abroad for university lecturing and advanced research in the U.S. is administered in this country by the Council. Interested non-U.S. citizens should inquire at the U.S. embassy or Fulbright agency in their home country. Deadline: August 1. See web site for more details. Also, please see my article "Fulbrights: The Inside Scoop" here: for more information on applying for this amazing grant.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125-3313 E-Mail: [email protected] Website: Kennedy Library Research Grants, ranging from $500 to $1,500, are offered to scholars and students, fifteen to twenty in number, to help defray living, travel, and related costs incurred while doing research at the library. Applications are evaluated on the basis of expected use of available library holdings, the degree to which projects address research needs in Kennedy-related studies, and qualifications of applicants. Write to William Johnson, Chief Archivist, at above address for more details. The Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Research Fellowship, carrying a stipend of up to $7,000, is intended to support scholars in the preparation of substantial works on the foreign policy of the Kennedy years, especially with regard to the Western Hemisphere, or on Kennedy domestic policy, especially with regard to racial justice and to the conservation of natural resources. The fellowship may be awarded to a single individual or divided between two recipients. Write to William Johnson, Chief Archivist, at above address for more details. Deadline for Fellowships and Grants is August 15.

GUGGENHEIM RESEARCH GRANTS: The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
25 West 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10019-5401 Website:
Research Grants, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 a year for periods of one or two years, are available to postdoctoral scholars working on projects in any of the natural or social sciences or the humanities that "promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance." Requests will be considered for salaries, employee benefits, research assistantships, computer time, supplies and equipment, fieldwork, secretarial and technical help, and other essentials for the completion of the project. Write or see web site for additional information and application procedures. Deadline: August 1.

RESEARCH IN INDIA: American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowships
University of Chicago, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 E-Mail: [email protected] Website: Application Deadline: July 1, 2009.
The American Institute of Indian Studies annually offers a variety of fellowships, including Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships for study and research in India. Award funds are made available in foreign currency only. Requirements vary; query the Institute before applying. Available to U.S. citizens at the doctoral or postdoctoral level and foreign nationals enrolled at the doctoral level or teaching full-time (postdoctoral) at American colleges or universities.

For those of you who didn't see this one that I previously posted:
Dianne Woest Fellowship
Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
email: [email protected] Website: The Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities offers a stipend of $4,000/month, to be disbursed on a monthly basis for a minimum of one and a maximum of three months to doctoral candidates, academic and museum professionals, or independent scholars who will be based at the Williams Research Center. While THNOC resources should play a central role in the proposed research agenda, fellows will also be encouraged to explore other research facilities in the Greater New Orleans area. Deadline: August 1.


VISUAL ARTISTS: Research Program La Seine/Fine Arts Postgraduate Program
Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France
Deadline for applications: June 8th, 2009 (Date of postage). The 2009/10 academic year starts on October 15th, 2009. For information, please contact: Vincent Gonzalvez, Coordinator of Research Program La Seine at: [email protected] or [email protected], Tel: + 33 (0)1 47 03 54 01, Fax: + 33 (0)1 47 03 50 80 or visit the website at: The Research Program La Seine was created for young French and foreign artists alike, who have completed a diploma of Masters II (European standard) level, or equivalent. The primary aim of the Program is to provide students with the means to develop their artistic and research in an academic environment that is oriented to prepare them for the demands of the professional context of contemporary and post contemporary art. La Seine is two years program. It runs for two nine-month periods starting in October and ending in June, with four to six new participants selected each year. In order to aid the students with their projects the Program La Seine provides: A shared large renovated studio space, located in the centre of the school, access to technical support and advice from professionals in charge of the technical workshops of the School: woodwork, metalwork, photo-etching, digital imagery, photography, video and sound recording, etc. and much more. Non-French-speaking student are required to attend French course offered by the school.

All students receive a grant for research and production, of up to 3,000 Euro a year plus a studio budget for materials. each year the students in la Seine have a subsidized trip to a foreign country for approximately one-month period. With the aid of La Seine and the school's exchange program, a collaborative project is established with a foreign institutions. The School has an arrangement with The Cité Internationale des arts: every year, two apartments are offered to students of the Program. The students are chosen by the admission jury. During the academic year, La Seine arranges meetings with visiting artists, curators, critics and key personalities in the art world and provides many other opportunities for emerging artists. Informations on the Program, applications and admission procedure available at the School or on its website:

MUSEUM STUDIES: Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R./Hilla Rebay International Fellowship. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum accepts applications for the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship. This nine-month fellowship offers an opportunity for a graduate student (doctoral candidates preferred) to train in Curatorial and/or Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy. The fellow will spend a minimum of three months at each site as follows: September 15–December 15 (SRGM); January 15–April 15 (GMB), May 15–August 15 (PGC) and receive a stipend of $30,000 for accommodation and travel expenses. Candidates must demonstrate a speaking and writing fluency in English, Spanish, and Italian. Deadline: Jun. 1, 2009.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


ALL DISCIPLINES: Vermont Studio Center Residency
The Vermont Studio Center offers: * 2- to 12-week studio residencies for 50 artists and writers per month (24 painters/ mixed-media, 12 sculptors/mixed-media, 2 printmakers, 2 photographers, and 12 writers), * Private studio space appropriate to the medium (open 24 hours a day), * Simple, private rooms and excellent food, * Opportunity for focused, independent work, * A large and diverse creative community, * Opportunities to share work: open studio evenings, slide presentations, and readings. The next deadline for full fellowships is June 15th, 2009.

For non-U.S. artists: International applicants are eligible to receive travel stipends through the "UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme." Emerging artists (25-35 years of age) who apply from outside the United States and Europe are eligible. In 2009, preference will be given to the top applicants from Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. For more information, go to:


Good morning...the sun is shining, it's almost time to plant the garden, my espresso's ready and here are some photography grants waiting to be had...and of course, don't forget to take my poll!

The Alexia Foundation
The Alexia Foundation offers $15,000 grants to allow professional photographers to produce images that further the foundation’s goal of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Applicants must submit a proposal for a photo project of no more than 750 words. For complete guidelines and application information, visit

Open Society Institute—Documentary Photography Project Distribution Grant
The Open Society Institute provides grants to encourage new ways of presenting documentary photography to the public. The grant enables photographers who have already completed a significant project on issues of social justice to present the work to the public in innovative and appropriate ways, ensuring that the work gains critical exposure and also has the greatest chance to stimulate constructive social change. All projects submitted for consideration must have another institution that agrees to financially and practically support its distribution (such as a nongovernmental organization, publisher, website, or gallery), and will collaborate with the photographer to use the work to promote social change. Grants of $5,000 to $30,000 will be awarded. Deadline: Jun. 19, 2009. The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:

Friday, May 15, 2009


Good morning all....if you haven't seen the quick little poll on the right-hand side, please do and fill it out. It takes just a moment and it's fun to see the results!

Okay, this grant below is great—but only available in certain U.S. cities—Participating cities with active awards programs are currently: Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco Bay Area, and Houston. Right now, they are seeking applicants from BOSTON. At the bottom of this post you can find the grant application cycle for the other participating cities.

About the Grant
ARTADIA is an arts non-profit based in New York that gives awards to visual artists in select communities in the US and provides the awardees with a life time of support with introductions, professional advice, studio visits, exhibitions, publications, and in many more ways. The applications are currently open to all visual artists in the metro Boston community through June 15, 2009; they are online, and free of charge. The Artadia Award is unique, providing substantial financial support, critical validation and broader public exposure for artists across the country:
* Cash awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis.
* Awards ranging from $15,000 to $3,000 are unrestricted, and can be used however the artist sees fit.
* Applications are open to all visual artists who reside in Artadia's participating cities.
* A two-tiered selection process combines local expertise with outside perspectives from leading national and international curators and artists.
* Visiting panelists engage with local artists in their studios, gaining a broader context for their work and facilitating long-lasting relationships.
* A preliminary panel of prominent national and local curators and artists evaluates all the submissions and selects 15 finalists.
* A second panel of curators and artists travels to the participating city and conducts studio visits with each of the finalists. This panel selects the artists who receive Artadia Awards. However used, the Artadia Award is the monetary component of a wider culture of support.
To be eligible, you must: Live and work in designated partner cities and have resided in the program city for at least one year prior to the application deadline. You also are not currently enrolled in an art-related college or university degree program, nor planning to attend an art-related college or university degree program in the coming year. A couple more restrictions apply. Check website for details. Artadia's awards are unrestricted. Artists may use the grant however they please. Selections are based upon the merit of past work. Visual artists at all stages of their careers may apply. Artists who wish to collaborate with other artists are eligible too, just check the website for details.
Award Program Cycle
Award Applications Program Cycles: Chicago: Closed August 29, 2008, next cycle 2010. Atlanta: Closed December 1, 2008, next cycle 2011. Boston: April 15 - June 15, 2009. San Francisco Bay Area : TBA, fall 2009. Houston: 2010.
For more information, pleas contact: Ute Zimmermann, Program Manager, Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, 210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 503, New York, NY 10001, tel: 212.727.2233 x204, fax: 212.352.9979 Website:

Thursday, May 14, 2009


It's a rainy evening in Western Massachusetts and I'm sitting here wondering: who are all of you wonderful people? How many of you are artists? Writers? How old are most of you or are you an amazing range of ages, disciplines and genders? I'd love it if you went to my right hand side bar and took two seconds to fill out my wee poll. There are only three questions: What do you do, how old are you, and what is your gender? Just click the right answer or answers and voilá, you will be finished in but a moment's time! I'd really appreciate your participation as it will help me better serve the artists who come to this site. The poll will close at the end of May so please take a second to fill it out. Thanks!


Don't worry...I haven't forgotten all your questions and comments from my "Calling All Artists" posts...I'm just trying to keep up with some things on the horizon. Here are a few for writers. Some have on-going deadlines, others have deadlines coming up. Also, there are several U.S. regional grant deadlines approaching, like in New Jersey and Wyoming and other places so if you are interested in checking out what your state has to offer, go to my "labels" section on the right-hand sidebar and click on "state grants." Happy hunting!

WRITERS EXCHANGE: Poets & Writers Exchange Program. Website: Deadline: Ongoing. The Writers Exchange Program is designed to encourage a sharing of works and resources among emerging writers nationwide. A poet and a fiction writer from a designated state are chosen annually. Each receives a $500 honorarium and gives readings and meets with the literary community in New York City during October. All related travel and lodging expenses and a daily stipend are covered. See web site for annual state. Guidelines and applications available online or at the above address.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Carnegie Fund for Authors
Carnegie Fund for Authors, 1 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
The Carnegie Fund offers grants-in-aid to qualified commercially published book authors who have suffered financial emergency as a result of illness or injury (their own or that of spouses or dependent children) or who have suffered some equivalent misfortune. Grant amounts vary according to need. Write for more details. Application Deadline: Ongoing

FICTION WRITERS UNDER 39: Bard Fiction Prize
Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
E-Mail Address: [email protected] Website: Application Deadline: July 15
The Bard Fiction Prize annually recognizes a promising young fiction writer under the age of 39; it consists of a $30,000 award and appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students. Write or see the web site for more details.

email: [email protected] Website:
Deadline: August 8. The Disney-ABC Writing Fellowship selects up to eleven writers annually to work full-time at developing their craft in the Disney-ABC Studios' features or television division. The one-year fellowships, beginning in October, offer a salary of $50,000 plus benefits. No previous film or television experience is necessary, but writing samples are required. A number of other genre specific programs are also available. See the web site for guidelines for each program and applications.

HISTORICAL RESEARCH: Dianne Woest Fellowship
Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179
email: [email protected] Website: The Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities offers a stipend of $4,000/month, to be disbursed on a monthly basis for a minimum of one and a maximum of three months to doctoral candidates, academic and museum professionals, or independent scholars who will be based at the Williams Research Center. While THNOC resources should play a central role in the proposed research agenda, fellows will also be encouraged to explore other research facilities in the Greater New Orleans area. Deadline: August 1.

RESIDENCY: Montana Artists Refuge
email: [email protected] Website:
Residencies for artists from all disciplines, including writers, are available for up to nine months. All four residency spaces will be occupied by writers of all genres—prose, poetry, illustrated books, screen and play writing—with a studio space available for collaborations and impromptu performances or readings. The Refuge will provide comfortable living accommodations, including utilities up to $250 per month, a stipend, a quiet rural atmosphere in which to create, the inspiration of a Rocky Mountain environment, and a supportive artistic community with which to interact if one chooses. Application Deadline: July 30

D.C. WRITING GRANTS: District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities
E-Mail Address: [email protected] Website: Application Deadline: May 28
A number of grants are available to individual artists and organizations in the District of Columbia, including Artist Fellowships of up to $5,000, given to professional creative artists living in the state. Specific arts disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis. See web site for complete guidelines, application, and information for different programs.

OREGON WRITING FELLOWSHIPS: Literary Arts, Inc., Oregon Literary Fellowships
E-Mail Address: [email protected] Website: Deadline: June 27
Oregon Literary Fellowships and the Women Writers Fellowship help those in need of funds initiate, develop, or complete a literary project in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, or literature for young readers. The Women Writers Fellowship gives special attention to work that explores experiences of race, class, physical disability, or sexual orientation. The minimum amount awarded for each fellowship is $2,500. See web site for guidelines and application.

WASHINGTON STATE WRITERS: Artist Trust Fellowships
1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 email: [email protected] Website: Deadline: June 22
Eight to ten fellowships of $6,500 each are awarded in odd-numbered years to recognize the achievements of Washington poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellowship recipients must develop and produce a public event, such as a reading, lecture, or workshop. Residents of Washington State who are at least 18 years old and are not matriculated students are eligible. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a resume, and proof of residency by June 8. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the web site for the required application and complete guidelines.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Good morning! Sorry about the snafu with my radio interview. I am pretty sure it will be rescheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd, but I'll let you know the closer we get. In the meantime, here are a couple residency deadlines coming up, the first (in Montreal) for artists, the second, in Japan, for scholars in the humanities, which can also mean artists and writers needing to do research. Both look like they are fully funded. The one in Japan is for more established scholars/people in the humanities. I also think that both are for all foreign nationals, but double check on their sites.... More great things to come!

The Darling Foundry (Quartier Ephémère) Deadline: June 1 Duration: January 15 to May 15, 2010 and May 20 to September 20, 2010 * Disciplines: Dance, Drawing & Painting, Media Art, Multi Media, Music, Photography, Sculpture. QUARTIER ÉPHÉMÈRE's mission is to support the creation, production, and dissemination of visual art; it seeks at once to question the role of art and artists in the heart of the city, and to promote that role. By investing in 'in situ' projects within vacant or abandoned industrial buildings, QE attempts to explore our urban zones and to reach a diverse public. Quartier Ephémère runs an International Residency Programme, a France-Québec Exchange Programme and a new residency program for curators of the Americas. The Canada Council for the Arts is offering an international residency program at the Darling Foundry for foreign professional visual artists from outside of Canada. Two artists are awarded four-month residencies. Each resident receives a grant, which contributes towards living expenses, travel fees and production costs. Five production workshops are offered: wood, metal, multimedia, a video editing suite, and sound. Allowance for travel costs (maximum of $2,000 CDN), subsistence fees ($8,000 CDN), production costs ($8,000 CDN). For more information, write: [email protected] or go to:

(HUMANITIES/RESEARCH) JAPAN: Hosei University International Fellowship Programs
The Hosei University is accepting applications for the Hosei International Fund Fellowship-Foreign Scholars Fellowship Program to advance international cooperation in academic research and scholarship. The program, located at Hosei University in Japan, sponsors two foreign scholars to carry out non-degree research programs in the humanities (as well as social or natural sciences, or engineering) for a period ranging from six to twelve months. Foreign scholars can start their research either in April or October of 2006. Citizenship: Unrestricted. Deadline: Jun. 5, 2009. The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


BREAKING NEWS: I'm sorry to say that my radio interview tomorrow on Valley Free Radio has to be postponed until June, probably June 3rd, but I'll let you know soon. There was a technical snafu and the equipment is down this week. But I promise that you'll be able to hear my slightly nasal Midwestern twang very, very soon. In the meantime, why not peruse this site and find the perfect grant or residency? Talk to you later and have a great eve...and thanks for visiting.


RADIO INTERVIEW! First of all, I want to tell everyone that tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 13, from 8 am to 9 am (EASTERN STANDARD TIME), I will be speaking about Mira's List on an indie radio station in Western Massachusetts called Valley Free Radio. The show is called "Mo Radio" and I will be informally chatting about the blog, opportunities for artists and other related info. Tune in at 103.3 FM if you are in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, or stream it live at OR check back on Mira's List in a week or so, sooner or later, and I will have it posted as a downloadable MP3 file. You can also check the radio station a couple days after the show is aired as there should be a link to the podcast (filed at the link under “Mo Radio” at right.) For more info about the interview and me, go to Mo Ringey's blog called Benign Girl. And just so you know, you radio fans, down the road, I will be doing interviews with artists and writers, etc. who have gone to residencies and get their feedback and their stories as well as interviews with residency and grant foundation directors. With my partner, musician and music producer, Doug Plavin, we are setting up a production company called North of Radio (website to come) that will help facilitate podcasts on this blog.

On another note, have I told you lately how much I love doing this blog? Well, I do. Today in my mailbox were letters from artists from as far away as India, the Netherlands, the UK and elsewhere. Not to mention those of you who posted thank-you's and great questions and requests on my Calling All Artists post where I ask (and still asking) everyone to tell me how you found this blog and tell me what you are looking for in terms of a grant, fellowship or residency. Essentially: What is Your Dream? Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you for visiting this site, passing on the word, and providing me with such great feedback. I will develop an FAQ link in the future, it's just that I'm on deadline with my book right now. I am in the process of reading and compiling everyone's comments and questions that I have received from that posting and also privately from emails and will, over time, try to answer all your questions. (By the way, also check out an earlier question and answer post. You might find a couple questions you have answered there. You can also go to the sidebar at the right and look for the label "question and answer forum" for more Q and A's on MFA programs, residencies, grants, etc). I'll answer a couple easy questions right now and then do more over time...

Q: When you post grant opportunities, are those for U.S. citizens only?
A: Excellent question. It's only recently that I have realized that I not only have artists from the U.S. visiting my site but artists from all over the world. I would say that just about 100 percent of the residencies I post are for international artists, however, the grants are mostly for U.S. citizens, only because that is my largest audience and also, it is an area that I know pretty well. I spend so much time as it is doing research and compiling what I know and keeping up with deadlines, all for gratis (yes, please donate! Please buy books on my site, and more are coming soon!) that I simply can't do it all. That said, I will A. keep a look-out for grants that are also for non-US citizens and B. try to tell you when I know that a grant I'm posting IS for all citizens EVERYWHERE. I hope I find more of those and I promise that I will do the best I can to seek them out, given my limited resources and time.

Q: Where can I find your own art and/or writing?
A: Well, the thing is that I really didn't plan for this blog to be the Mira Show and had no intention of ever posting my art or books since this blog is really about YOU and furthering your dreams. But so many people have been asking me, which is a surprise, that I thought I better answer that question. Here goes:

I was a visual artist for many years and had a gallery in NYC (and exhibited across the US and some places in Europe). These were the years before the digital world took off so a lot of that work is not scanned (yet). Anyway, I showed mostly egg tempera paintings, drawings and artists' books. Also, some experimental short films. But in the mid-90s, I began to write more seriously and started publishing. I started out writing books for children on various cultures (I might start selling those on this site soon so keep an eye open for that), then essays and articles in literary magazines, and now I have just finished my first book for adults, an illustrated memoir called The Memory Palace. You can't find it yet as it is going to be sent out by my agent next month. I'll keep you posted about what happens.

If all goes well, the book should be in stores within the year or so. When it comes out (which will have a lot of my art in it by the way, new and old), there will be a website set up for the book and I'll post a link on my sidebar. I'm not posting any of my art anywhere on the web right now as a lot of it is going into my book and I just don't want to mess around with copyright issues before the book is out. And I don't have a website for my art because I have been mostly writing these past few years. You can look at my professional bio on the right-hand side bar for some of the places I have published. Thanks for your interest in my own work. I didn't expect that at all.

Keep on working hard, keep on applying, and when you get rejected (if you do), use the rejection form to create a collage, a poem or the bull's eye for your dart board. Cheers all, Mira

Sunday, May 10, 2009


VISUAL ARTISTS & SCHOLARS: Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral Artists' Residencies with Scholarships
Call for applications for the Balmoral Scholarships and the Foreign and Exchange Scholarships for 2010. Application period for 2010 scholarships: May 15 to July 18, 2009 (date of postmark) Six residence scholarships will be awarded to international visual artists. The scholarship lasts 6 months. All of them begin in April 2010 and are endowed with 1,200 euros a month and include free accommodation at the Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral. The artists’ house is located in Bad Ems, Germany, a historical spa town with a population of 10,000. It lies close to the river Lahn and is about 18 km from Koblenz. The A3 motorway can be used to reach Cologne and Frankfurt quickly. Also offered are several other kinds of scholarships, including a Curator Residency and Scholarship to a young scholar in the humanities (preferably art theory) for a curatorial project to be developed by the scholarship holder and the Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral. The scholarship lasts 6 months and begins in April 2010. It is endowed with 1,200 euros a month and includes free accommodation at the Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral. Other kinds of scholarships available as well. For additional information and PDF application forms, go to their homepage after May 15th:

ALL DISCIPLINES: Artist-in-Residence in Austria
Kunstmeile Krems Betriebs GmbH, Steiner Landstraße 3, A 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria
* Duration: maximum period of three months, Disciplines: Architecture, Curating/Research, Drawing & Painting, Literature, Media Art, Music, Photography Description: In order to promote international exchange, the federal state of Lower Austria has initiated an artist-in residence program, for which it has set up five studio apartments and a large common room on the top floor of the former carpet factory within the Art Mile in Krems (Kunstmeile Krems). The aim of the artist-in-residence program is to establish partnerships with international institutions that award artist scholarships and provide studios to visiting artists, in order to give artists from Lower Austria opportunities for living and working abroad. The artists of the exchange partners will be offered by AIR Krems, studio and living quarters free of charge, grant money, exhibition possibilities and support service. For more information, email [email protected] or go to their website: Deadline: May 30

For more opportunities like this, go to my sidebar under 'residencies' and check out the links.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


COMPOSERS: The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, founded by the late Paul Fromm in the fifties, has been located at Harvard University since 1972. The Fromm Foundation commissions new compositions and funds their performances. These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning fee of $10,000, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work. Applications for commissions are reviewed on an annual basis. Deadline: Jun. 1, 2009. The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website: To be eligible, composers must be citizens or residents of the Unites States.

Friday, May 8, 2009


First, I want to thank you all for responding to my last post ( where I asked you to tell me how you found my blog and what you are looking for in terms of a grant, residency, etc. I have stored your comments inside my fecund and ever curious brain and will, over time, try to help at least some of you in your endeavors. If you haven't answered the questions on that post, please feel free to now by clicking on the above link.

AUDIO STORIES: Okay, so I don't normally announce competitions because I really like to focus on grants, fellowships and residencies and there are enough sites that you can go to (see my sidebar on the right for some) that post deadlines for competitions, exhibitions, publishing opportunities, film festival competitions, etc. But because more and more writers (and other artists) are doing audio stories and sound projects for radio, I think you all need to know about the Third Coast International Audio Festival and their competition coming up next month. They are now accepting entries for this year’s TCF / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition and up to $26,000 will be awarded across the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver,
Bronze, Honorable Mentions, Directors’ Choice), Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Best News
Feature. Winning stories will be featured on the 2009 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, which airs
on more than 120 stations nationally. I am and have always been a radio buff so I am particularly appreciative of Third Coast and hope to make it to their annual festival this fall in Chicago.

Additionally, the TCF will present the Audio Luminary Award to an honoree for his/her outstanding contributions to the audio field. Radio fans and professionals alike are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2009 ALA, and for the first time ever the nominator of the ALA recipient will receive a free plane ticket to Chicago and a ticket to the 2009 Awards Ceremony. This year, also for the first time, entries will be submitted online (!), with the help of Public Radio Exchange (http://www/ EARLY DEADLINE - Midnight (PST), June 19, 2009 LATE DEADLINE - Midnight (PST), July 10, 2009. For more information about the Third Coast International Audio Festival, go to or send an email to: [email protected] or you can even call! 312-948-4682

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT: So I have been getting wonderful messages from people all over the world, thanking me for this blog, people from as far away as Ghana, Hungary, Sweden, and Brazil. I know I need to set up a poll to find out where the heck you guys are finding this site but until I do that, I kind of prefer the more personal approach, which is to: A. ask you how you found this blog and B: ask you to leave a comment below about what it is in particular you are looking for (a grant to travel to West Africa, for instance, or you are an emerging painter looking for a fellowship to study in Italy for a year or you are a mid-career writer who wants to just write poetry for a month, or you are a composer who just lost his job and needs emergency funding, etc.). I will read everything I get and store it into my wee brain for future postings.

As most of you know, I do this for free and am currently unemployed (let's hope I get a big advance on my book...soon to be sent out to publishers!) so I can't promise immediate action on your requests but anything you tell me will help shape the evolution of this blog so I can serve you better. And knowing where you are all finding me will help me in the future when I try to actually sit down and make an effort to be visible on search engines. I'm just trying to keep up with posting right now. Anyway, I am hoping that down the road, perhaps MFA programs or low-residency programs will want to advertise on my site so that can help it keep going. And I promise I will never put any flashing annoying pop-up ads on it, ever! That is one of the reasons I created this site. I cannot stand those hard-to-navigate-everything-but-the-kitchen-sink flashy arts websites that not only are impossible to read but they also charge money. I never want to charge for this site if I can help it. So please, if you have a second, tell me where you found me in a brief message and let me know if you are looking for anything in particular. Here at Mira's List, we live to serve. Well. We also live for art, dogs, music, food, graphic novels, baby animals, love, dreams, and the luminous sea. Cheers y'all. Mira

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


ALL DISCIPLINES: Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization that promotes cultural exchange and understanding. Their programs emphasize multi-generational and multicultural collaborations. CCC brings artists from different cultures together in a supportive environment where they can get to know each other through the language of art. At the core of their program is the belief that interaction between African and non-African artists enriches the creativity of both groups. CCC, Inc. invites artists and scholars from all over the world to work with Ghanaians on collaborative projects that range from mosaic walls to documentary films.

Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc. is a research center and meeting place for exhibits, community based art workshops, performances, conferences, classes and other venues that relate to cultural awareness and appreciation. Workshops are held at the CCC, Inc. center located on the ocean in a suburb of Accra. They provide double occupancy guest rooms with private bath, studio space and gallery space. Meals are prepared by a local cook. For more information, go to:


THIS JUST IN! VISUAL ARTISTS: The notice I posted about the two four week residency opportunities available at the Art Students League of New York, with an application deadline of May 15 has now been extended to JUNE 30! The Vytlacil Residency Program, located in Sparkill, NY, provides space and time for artists to fully engage in their own work. See my older post for more details:

Sunday, May 3, 2009


VISUAL ARTISTS: Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Programme (HIAP) PRODUCTION RESIDENCIES, Deadline: 1st July 2009 (postmark) email: [email protected] Website: HIAP invites international visual artists to submit applications for HIAP Production Residencies for the period of 2009/10. HIAP Production Residencies provide professional visual artists with an opportunity to concentrate on developing new concepts and / or producing new works in Helsinki. Production support is offered for the whole production process from the first idea until the finished piece. The length of the residency, the amount of the production budget and other practical issues will be negotiated with the selected artist according to the specific circumstances of their production proposal.

HIAP Producton Residencies include:
- travel grant
- per-diem grant for living costs in Helsinki
- accommodation and workspace
- production support, including moderate production budget

HIAP is looking for proposals that demonstrate an original and imaginative approach to visual art production, emotional and psychological insight, personal dedication and depth of artistic reasoning. There are no limitations on the medium or method of the proposed production. Applications should be submitted by post to the address: HIAP Jury, Cable Factory,Tallberginkatu 1 C 97, 00180 Helsinki, FINLAND Please email ([email protected]) or go to the website for more information about this upcoming residency:


WRITERS and TRANSLATORS: Bonjour mes amis! My lovely sister who is a writer has had a love affair with France since she was in diapers so therefore, I am always hunting around for her. I have recently come across literally dozens of writing residences in that fair country of fine cheeses, poodles, and wine. For starters, here are three interesting ones (two of the deadlines have passed but you can bookmark them for next year. I'll post more down the road but these ones I stole from the Official Website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The following ones are more for research and translation. I'll post more in the future for creative writing, not just research. Gee...maybe there is a grant for y'all to just go and hang out in cafés and drink. I can't promise you anything the meantime, check these out. Viva la France!:

The Villa Gillet Residency Program
The Villa Gillet Program, launched jointly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Villa Gillet in 2005, provides a four to six-week residency to a literary translator. The program’s goal is to encourage translations of French contemporary work that have not yet been acquired by American or British publishers. Application Deadline: June 30 of any given year. For more info, go to:

IMEC (Institut pour la Mémoire de l’Edition Contemporaine) is a growing collection of contemporary French writing – including the archives of Michel Foucault and Marguerite Duras – housed in the Abbey d’Ardenne, near Caen in Normandy. Each year beginning in 2006, IMEC and the Book Department will host two one-month residencies for American researchers.
Deadline: March 15 of any given year. Contact: [email protected] Residency Program Website:

Saint-John Perse Foundation Residency Program
In 2006, the Book Office, in partnership with the Saint-John Perse Foundation, co sponsor the first annual residency to conduct research on the literary and diplomatic archives of the Nobel Prize winning author Saint-John Perse at the Aix-en-Provence Cité du Livre. Contact: [email protected] Application Deadline: March 15 of any given year. Website: Contact: [email protected]

Saturday, May 2, 2009


VISUAL ARTISTS: New residency opportunity at the Art Students League of New York, with an application deadline of May 15: The Art Students League of New York is pleased to announce the availability of two four-week scholarships to the Vytlacil Residency Program. Located in Sparkill, NY, the Vytlacil Campus provides space and time for artists to fully engage in their own work, as well as the opportunity to mentor with our instructors and take part in ongoing classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and forging. The scholarships cover the cost ($2500) of the month-long program, which includes a private room, shared kitchen and bath, one meal a day, and 24-hour studio access. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the resident. For further information about the program and for application forms, see the website at, email [email protected] or call 845-359-1263. The application deadline for the scholarships is May 15, 2009, for requests for residency for the months from June ’09 through May 2010.


VISUAL ARTISTS' GRANT: Visions from the New California recognizes outstanding, under-recognized, visual artists from California. Six artists are selected each year, and are awarded a one-month residency at one of six California artists’ residency programs, and a $4,000 stipend. Deadline: June 1, 2009. For more information: Visions from the New California aims to recognize artists who represent the racial/ethnic demographic mix of California, who live throughout the state (particularly beyond the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas), and who work in a range of visual art media.
1. Applicants must be permanent California residents.
2. Current students are not eligible.
3. Individuals who have completed a residency at any of the participating Visions from the New California sites, and artists who have been awarded more than one previous residency elsewhere, are not eligible.

Welcome to Mira's List

This blog provides information on upcoming grants, fellowships and residencies for artists, writers, composers, and media artists. It is for serious professionals only, from emerging to mid-career to established. I also publish information for graduate students from time to time. However, I do not publish information on exhibition or publishing opportunities, nor do I advertise artist retreats and workshops that charge money. At least that is my current policy. For more info on where to exhibit or publish, please see my links section which I try to periodically update. I sift through hundreds of search engines and websites to find opportunities for YOU dear artist. In return, I ask you to pass the information along to those who need it. Also, since this is a free blog, I don't always have the time to weed carefully through everything. If you find a grant or website or residency that is not up-to-date, is dodgy in some way, or is no longer in existence, please let me know! Also, if you stay somewhere at one of the residencies I suggest and have a good experience, I want that feedback too. Please check my FAQs at the top right side bar if you have questions before starting your search. Best wishes and happy hunting!