Monday, June 28, 2010

$40,000 Prize for Creativity, UK Writers Grants and More!!

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much to all of you who sent me those sweet little get-well notes! That was very kind of you. I'm still a bit under the weather but I wanted to pass along a couple opportunities for you to think about. I also wanted to say something about grant rejections and why, even if you get rejected, good things sometimes occur.

Recently I was notified that while I was in the last batch of writers considered for a large fellowship, I did not make the final cut. Okay, well, try again next time. I wasn't upset at all, just slightly disappointed. But then I got a lovely email from one of the judges who said that after the judging process, he asked if they would reveal the name of the person who wrote the piece I submitted. Long story short: he's not only an author who I've always wanted to read and whose last book I had literally just ordered but he also happens to review books for several major magazines and newspapers and he is interested in reviewing mine when it comes out. A similar thing happened a few years ago with another large fellowship. I didn't get it but one of the judges also tracked me down afterward and said she was an editor for a literary journal and would I be interested in submitting a piece. So you see, gentle readers, sometimes even rejections can turn into something quite positive. The point is that you are putting yourself out there and getting others who are movers and shakers in your genre to see your work. This is a good thing.

Another thing that happened this past week is that Mira's List was listed in a collection of websites and organizations that give funding or offer funding info to Massachusetts artists. So for those of you in my home state, check this link out:

Okay, on to a couple other things. Here is a very unusual large grant that is based not on a specific discipline but rather on an artist's creative process. It's called the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize and it is offered every two years from the University of Oklahoma's College of Arts and Sciences. The award is also called the Creativity in Motion Prize. The award is for $40,000 and is not for a completed project but, as I said, how amazing the artist's creative process is. The deadline is August 31st. If they are doing things the way they have in the past, it means a letter of intent and then if they like your idea, they ask you to apply. But double-check all this on their website: You may also request application materials by contacting Kristi Morgan at (405) 325-2347 or email her at: [email protected]

The following two announcements are from Hope Clark ( Thanks Hope! These are for all you UK writers and artists out there!:

(UK ARTISTS/WRITERS etc.) Turn2us: Turn2us is a new independent charity that helps people access the money available to them - through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their free, accessible website is a comprehensive and invaluable resource that helps you find sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on your particular needs and circumstances.

(WRITERS) The Author's Foundation Grants: The Foundation provides grants to writers to assist them while writing books. There are two rounds of grants each year, awarded in the summer and in the winter. The next closing date for applications is 30th September 2010. To apply the author must meet one of the following conditions:

1. The author has been commissioned by a commercial British publisher to write a full-length work of fiction, poetry or non-fiction and needs funding (in addition to the publisher's advance) for important research, travel, or other more general expenditure.

2. The author is without a contractual commitment by a publisher but has had at least one book published commercially by a British publisher, and there is a strong likelihood that their next book will be published in Britain.

For more info, please go to:'%20Foundation_0.pdf

There are lots of residency deadlines coming up and many, many grant applications due in September. If you are thinking about applying for a major fellowship or grant in September, or a residency for that matter, now is the time to start that process and to get the word out to those people who will write recommendation letters for you.

More posts soon....I'm off to nap!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

Gentle Readers,

Oh how I've missed you! I forgot how much I love doing this blog. I apologize for my absence the last ten days or so. I was working pretty much night and day, finishing the art for my book and then photographing it and then putting it into computer files for the designer. And then, instead of, say, celebrating with a night out on the town, I ended up in the ER! (Some stupid allergic reaction to something I consumed). I'm still a bit under the weather but....All this to say: I am, pretty much, back in the saddle again and ready to be your loyal servant in the world of grants, fellowships and residencies. And down the road, as promised, I will tell you the story of how I wrote, sold and published my illustrated book in the hope that my little tale will help you somehow.

Anyway, I will be posting something very soon, maybe even tonight or tomorrow. Until then, I hope you are all working hard and joyfully on your art and that you are also taking time to get outside and enjoy this beautiful summer.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Finding Money for Your Dreams" Redux

Greetings all,

Just wanted to let you know that, thanks to Marie Kazalia, my long article, "Finding Money for Your Dreams" was just sited on Artist News and linked to the blog Artist Marketing Salon. You can read the piece here: also peruse their site for a plethora of opportunities and artist marketing advice. The article isn't just for visual artists but for artists of all kinds. It's a reprint of a piece I had published on my blog a year or two ago.



Monday, June 14, 2010

New Deadlines for: Performing Artists, Emerging Filmmakers and MFA Students in Visual Arts!

(PERFORMING ARTISTS) Artists-in-Residence Program in Tribeca :The Tribeca Performing Arts Center is currently accepting applications for the 2010-11 Artists-in-Residence season! Beginning in Fall 2010, the selected artists will have weekly access to the theaters and the opportunity to present during our "Work & Show Festival" in the spring of 2011. We encourage performing artists of all backgrounds and styles to apply! Please visit for more information about the application process and our current artists. The application deadline is June 21, 2010!

(MFA STUDENTS/VISUAL ARTS) CAA Professional Development Fellowships:
Full details on the recently restored Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts, including the application form, have just been posted to the CAA website.

Later this fall, CAA will award five grants of $5,000 each to outstanding students who will receive MFA degrees in calendar year 2011. Honorable mentions, awarded at the discretion of the jury, will receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts offer financial assistance to promising MFA candidates. Fellows are honored with grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 1, 2010. For more information, go to the CAA website:

(FILM) Reach Film Fellowship: Cinereach is currently seeking applicants for its annual Reach Film Fellowship (RFF), a seven-month program that pairs filmmakers with a $5,000 grant, mentorship and other resources as they make artful short films with socially relevant themes. The fellowship is open to emerging filmmakers who have completed at least one short film. Applicants must reside in the New York Tri-State area from August through April of 2010/2011. Application and guidelines can be found on their website:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Calling all Sound Artists, Composers, Performance Artists, Architects, Artists, Choreographers, Sculptors and Landscape Designers!

(ALL) Call for Proposals—Thanatopolis at I-Park: The I-Park Foundation, a not-for-profit international arts community sited within an expansive nature preserve in East Haddam, Connecticut (USA), is seeking creative proposals in the
following disciplines:

Music Composition/Sound Sculpture
Visual Arts/Environmental Sculpture
Performance Art
Landscape/Garden Design
Landscape Architecture

Thanatopolis, an alternative memorial park/space in the advanced conceptual phase of its development, is looking for works that harmonize with the long-term goal of the project, which is to re-imagine our cultural and personal relationship to death, memory and memorialization - and to engage the above creative fields to bring about a new, profoundly sacred and evocative landscape/sound-space.

Those invited to execute their physical, performance or music/sound sculpture pieces for the Thanatopolis Exhibition will receive a creative fee of $2,000 plus a budget for travel, materials and incidental expenses. Applicants invited to exhibit 'paper' (un-executable, future, conceptual) projects will receive a creative fee of $700. Additional funding may be available depending on the scope of the individual projects. Selected projects will be presented at the Thanatopolis Exhibition on October 2, 2010

Deadline: all submissions must be received by July 5, 2010.
See links for details. Thanatopolis Overview:
I-Park Website:
Detailed Call for Entries, Music/Sound Sculpture:
Questions: contact Agnes Miyuki at [email protected]
Application Deadline: July 5, 2010.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Artist Residency Deadlines, Awards for Women Artist Collaborations and More!

Today's announcements brought to you by

(COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS) **NYCWAM (New York Coalition of Women in the Arts and Media) Collaboration Award** : Designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media to work collaboratively with women from other arts and media specializations on the creation of new work. Applicants must be 2 or more women working on a creative project, and must belong to one of NYCWAM’s member organizations (see list on website). Proposed collaborations may be new projects or works in progress. All topics and subjects will be considered, but special attention will be given to proposals that reflect the goals of the Coalition: advancing women’s work and women’s issues. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NYCWAM, PO Box 2537, Times Square Station, New York, NY 10108, T: (212) 592-4511, [email protected], Deadline: July 1, 2010.

(WRITERS & MEDIA ARTS) Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation Residency: Residencies of an average duration of 1 month open to writers (including playwrights and screenwriters) and artists working in electronic arts, film and video, multimedia, sound art, TV, and radio. Not open to performing artists. Artists are expected to participate in onsite public presentations. Residency provides: housing, some meals, work space, and a general stipend of $400. Residents are responsible for travel and materials. See website for application. FEE: $15. Willard R. Espy Literary Foundation, P.O. Box 614, Oysterville, WA, 98641, T: (360) 665-5220, FAX: (360) 665-5224, [email protected], Deadline: July 1, 2010.

(ALL) Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency (September 5-October 9, 2010, Saugatuck, MI) – Residencies of 2-5 weeks. Open to writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and multimedia artists. Organization provides housing, food, and studios. Residents are responsible for residency fee ($250/week); some scholarships available. See website for complete guidelines and application forms. NO FEE. Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Campus: 3435 Ruprecht Way, P.O. Box 216, Saugatuck, MI 49453, T: (269) 857-5811, FAX: (269) 857-5636. Administrative office: 36 South Wabash Ave., 12th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603, Attn: Artists’ Residencies, T: (800) 318-3019, FAX: (312) 629-6156, [email protected], Receipt Deadline: July 2, 2010.

***Mirabee insider trading secrets: I did a couple residencies here when I was in my twenties and also taught at Oxbow once when I got out of school. I LOVE this place: very magical and a productive, inspiring environment!

(ALL) Santa Fe Art Institute Residencies: (1-3 months, year-round, Santa Fe, NM) – Residencies between 1-3 months for creative artists in all fields, including film and media artists, performing artists, and writers. Organization provides: housing and studios, including access to the College of Santa Fe’s performance and moving-image arts facilities and the Institute’s digital media lab and exhibition/installment space. Residents are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach program, including public presentations of work, workshops, and individual critiques with students in the community. Residents are responsible for residency fee ($1,000 per month), refundable key deposit ($150), meals, travel, and materials. Most artists receive financial support from the Institute. See website for application. FEE: $25. Artist and Writer Residencies, PO Box 24044, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 87502, T: (505) 424-5050, FAX: (505) 424-5050, [email protected], Deadline: July 5, 2010.

These next ones are from (thanks Hope!)

(ALL) Seaside, Florida Residencies: Escape to Create offers two four-week sessions are offered every January and February to artists working in the literary arts, musical composition, scholarship, visual and interdisciplinary arts. 2011 residency sessions are: January 3 - 30 or January 31 - February 27. Artists live and work in private cottages or apartments that have been generously donated in support of their creative work. Travel costs are the responsibility to the artist. Artists receive a $100 weekly stipend and are provided a weekly group dinner in a home environment. Artists are required to contribute community service such as a reading, a performance, or a lecture. School visitations are also encouraged. Deadline June 15, 2010.

(ALL) Caldera Residencies in Portland, OR: Each winter, National and International visual artists, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, interdisciplinary artists, collaborators, performance artists, media and design artists, architects, scientists and engineers apply to come to caldera for month-long residencies. Each accepted resident is given the time, space and solitude to devote themselves to their work in a private creek-side cottage with additional rehearsal and studio space nearby. Since caldera's residencies are designed to support the creative process, we don't require residents to produce a specific product. Deadline June 15, 2010.

(ALL) A Studio in the Woods Residencies: Visual, musician/composing, performance, literary, new media, and interdisciplinary artists. Both established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply, but a rigorous work ethic and demonstrated commitment to environmental issues are expected. Students are not eligible. Location New Orleans, LA. The deadline
for submissions is June 18, 2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Dear Readers, I don't usually post many announcements about writing and art retreats, mostly because I try to focus on competitive international residencies (particularly ones that offer fellowships), etc. However, this retreat takes place AT a residency site that is very close to my heart: Ragdale. I kind of grew up there as an artist and it is the place where I landed my first residency as a visual artist. Therefore, I would like to support their other activities, including this writing retreat coming up. See info below from Ragdale! Cheers, Mirabee

The annual StoryStudio Chicago Writers Retreat will feature a full weekend of writing, classes, socializing, and communing with nature at the famous Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. Join us July 16-18 for this all-inclusive writing retreat in a special and spectacular setting.

Class sessions will focus on honing our craft and getting deeper into our characters—and our stories. Our theme this year, “Writing the Land,” will take advantage of Ragdale’s five acres of beauty. We’ll use the prairies and walking paths to find inspiration in nature, not to mention the calm and open mind—some of the best tools a writer can hope for. The history of Ragdale and the spirit of so many writers who have come before us are sure to inspire you.

There are overnight accommodations for up to 11 people and room for 9 “daytrippers.” All meals and materials will be provided. You just need to bring your notebook or laptop and a hungry imagination.

The Retreat Fee Includes:
  • All writing sessions and classes
  • Optional peer review
  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast and lunch
  • Access to Ragdale and its grounds
  • Surprise Welcome bag
  • Friday-Sunday activities
  • Session materials
  • Energizing walks through the prairie
Visit us at or call us at 773.477.7710 with any questions.

: Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18

Price: Overnight: $595.00 (StoryStudio Members: $575.00)
Day-tripper: $295.00 (StoryStudio Members: $285.00)

For more info, go to:

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!