Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Once Again, Aliens Have Taken Over My Site!

Dear Friends,

Please excuse the political banner (for a gubernatorial campaign in Vermont) that ADSENSE just put on my side bar without asking! I did not sanction it and have just removed it. Sorry about that. I hate when those things happen!



Monday, August 23, 2010

New Residencies, Fellowships for Artists, Writers, Musicians and More!

Dear Readers,

I am still crazy busy AND getting married in less than two weeks (!), then I am off on a honeymoon until September 18th. I'll try posting one more time before I leave but if I can't, I'll post as soon as I can when I return! Anyway, below are a few new opportunities coming up. Also, thanks to a Mira's List fan, I just learned that that once the 2011 round of residencies are finished at the Hawthorne Castle Residency in Scotland (see my most recent post), the castle will be shutting down for repairs and the director isn't sure he will re-open the place for residencies. They are currently not accepting anymore applications. Too bad. It looked like a beautiful place.

Well...cheers for now...and if you feel like buying me a pivo (that's beer in Czech) for my honeymoon in Prague, go right ahead! I told all our wedding guests not to buy presents, just to donate to my pivo cause. And they did! We got our plane tickets so we are pretty happy. If there are any ML fans out there in Prague, let me know. Maybe we can stop by your studio or meet for a beer!


is a travel subsidy program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist U.S. based presenters in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators and in seeing the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context. Arts Presenters will award travel subsidies to individual presenters, presenting organizations and to groups of presenters traveling to see the work of artists, companies and/or to develop and advance projects with international artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Deadline November 15, 2010.

(ALL) NEA Fellowships for Artists of Limited Means:
With the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, VCCA, a working retreat for highly accomplished artists (writers, composers and visual artists) is accepting applications from artists of limited means for four fully funded residencies. Offered in a peer-review process to artists who have never been in residence at VCCA, these fellowships include private bedrooms, private studios, a stipend, and three prepared meals a day in a community of up to twenty-five other artists, all nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Amherst, Virginia. Residencies range from two to six weeks between February and May 2011. Deadline for application: September 15, 2010. For application: vcca.com or 434-946-7236

(ALL) NEA Fellowships for Artists of Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds: With the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, VCCA, a working retreat for highly accomplished artists (writers, composers and visual artists) is accepting applications from artists with ethnically diverse backgrounds for four fully funded, first-time residencies. Offered in a peer-review process to artists who have never been in residence at VCCA, these fellowships include private bedrooms, private studios, a stipend, and three prepared meals a day in a community of up to twenty-five other artists, all nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Amherst, Virginia. Residencies range from two to six weeks between February and May 2011. Deadline for application: September 15, 2010. For application: vcca.com or 434-946-7236

(ALL) Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residencies: The 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. Visual artists work in one of three studios, two of which are approximately 425 square feet and one that is 258 square feet.

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. See website for complete information, guidelines and application: www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org. The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410. 402-874-9600, [email protected]

(ALL) Vermont Studio Center Fellowship: VSC awards a number of Fellowships for 4-week residencies throughout the year. Open to all artists and writers. In addition to VSC Fellowships, a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partial funding. Next Fellowship Deadline is October 1st, 2010! Please visit our website for more information and to download an application: http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships/

(ARTISTS) Homesession Residency in Barcelona, Spain: Homesession residency is a program for emerging visual artists in Barcelona, Spain. Its major singularity lies in the development of the artistic work in the context of a living place. Homesession aims at exploring new creation territories and being an open link toward the international emerging creation.

With the specificity that can give a private living place, the homesession residency investigate the dynamic links between the eye, the work, the environment and the artist. It can lead to an ephemeral work, a disposable intervention, an ordinary situation, a chaotic event, a documentation or an ambitious interface. For more info, go to: homesession.org

from fundsforwriters.com:

(ALL) New Light Residencies:
Visual artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians, poets and writers
have all spent time creating at New Light Guest House. The house, which once was home to local dairy workers, has been restored with modern amenities. There are two bedrooms, one bath, and a comfortable living room, complete with a separate kitchen/dining room. New Light Guest House accepts visitors by the month or week, but is willing to arrange a residency that fits the artist's schedule. This space was conceived for serious artists to find the peace and quiet, and the inspiration, to create great works. It is in this spirit that a fee of $250 per month is suggested, although New Light Studio does not wish for monetary concerns to prevent a visit. Equally negotiable is the fee for shorter residencies. Location
Wisconsin. For more info: http://www.newlightstudios.com/guest_house.php.
(MUSICIANS, SONGWRITERS & WRITERS) ISLAND Residency for Emerging Artists: ISLAND (the Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design) is a new residency program in Michigan for emerging musicians, songwriters and writers at any stage of their careers. The deadline for their second round of residencies, which runs from November 2010 to April 2011 is September 15th. Writers and musicians are encouraged to apply to spend between two to four weeks in a semi-secluded log home near East Jordan, MI. For more info, go to: http://www.artmeetsearth.org/artistresidency.html

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Residencies in Scotland, China & India, Writing Fellowships, Latino Arts Grants and More!

Hey there, I hope you are all having a great summer. And I hope you checked out the interview I just did with TransculturalExchange director Mary Sherman. If not, go HERE. You will find out about international residencies, the upcoming TCE conference in 2011 (where I will both read at and speak at) and more.

After you read that enlightening interview, check out these new opportunities below, courtesy of Funds for Writers and Pen American. And the odd google search here and there. As you know, I'm having a crazy summer but naturally, you are in my thoughts and dreams day in and day out....speaking of dreams, I'm off to see Inception tonight. People seem to either hate it or love it.

Okay, happy searching....cheers! Mirabee

(LATINO ARTISTS) The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts: The NALAC Fund for the Arts awards a small number of fellowships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to support artists whose work demonstrates excellence and the potential for
impacting the Latino arts field. Examples of acceptable expenses for NFA fellowships include but are not limited to: costs for the creation or completion of new work, travel, study, professional development, living expenses, equipment, hiring of assistants, costs for documentation, production expenses and maintenance. Projects must begin after January 1, 2011 and must end by December 31, 2011. Deadline September 24, 2010.

(ALL) American Academy in Berlin—
Berlin Prize Fellowship: Residential fellowships offer a stipend ranging from $3,500 to $5,000 per month, round-trip airfare, housing at the Academy, and partial board to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin for an academic semester or in rare cases for an entire academic year. In the case of the Bosch Fellowship in Public Policy, shorter stays of six to eight weeks may be arranged. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award. For more info: [email protected], website: http://www.americanacademy.de. Deadline is October 1, 2010.

(WRITERS) Bronx Council on the Arts—Writers' Center Fellowship and Residency
: The Bronx Writers' Center Fellowship annually awards two nine-month literary fellowships to writers who reside in the Bronx, regardless of age but who are not enrolled as full-time students. An award of $5,000 is given to each winner and a community service project at the Bronx Writers' Center is required. All eligible applicants must submit four copies of a representative body of work of no more than ten pages of poetry or twenty pages of fiction. The work should display professional accomplishment and their commitment to a literary career. Consult the web site for more information. Write to Bronx Writers' Center Fellowship at [email protected] or see web site (http://www.bronxarts.org) for more details. Deadline is September 4, 2010.

(WRITERS) International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle: The retreat offers residencies of four weeks for five published creative writers (novelists, poets, playwrights) at a time. Residencies, which include room and board, are scheduled in spring, summer, and fall. Write for further information and application. International Retreat for Writers at Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian EH18 1EG, Scotland. Application Deadline to be announced.

(WRITERS) The Fielding Programme Residency: The Fielding Programme is a unique residency opportunity for writers with a project in hand. It offers one-to-one support for your novel, poetry or play in the spectacular setting of Cove Park, Scotland's international artist residency centre. High quality private accommodation, a very small group of fellow writers (max 6) and a friendly convivial atmosphere complete the experience. Come for one week or two depending on your project. Just £395 for one week. The autumn programme runs for two weeks beginning October 18 2010. More details on www.fieldingprogramme.com.

(***at this time, I don't know if the Fielding Programme offers any stipend or scholarship. I just wrote them to ask so if they do, I'll let you know.)

(COMIC BOOK /GRAPHIC NOVEL ARTISTS) Xeric Foundation Grants: Grants of up to $5,000 are offered to assist comic book creators with some of the costs of self-publishing (physical production and distribution, printing, color separation, solicitation, shipping). Grants are not intended to support an artist/writer fully through the process of self-publishing, but rather to encourage creators to learn from the experience of working toward such a goal. Deadlines are March 31 and September 30. Write for additional information and application. Xeric Foundation, 351 Pleasant Street #214, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060. Email: [email protected], website: www.xericfoundation.org.

(WRITERS) The M Literary Residency Program: offers two residencies, one in Shanghai, China and one in Pondicherry, India. The residencies are each three months long and candidates should only apply for one. Both writing fellows receive a total of $1,000 to cover living costs. The program is open to writers of fiction, literary non-fiction, or poetry whose residence in India or China would benefit their work. The program is intended to help foster greater cultural and artistic connections across individuals and communities. For more info, email: [email protected] or visit the website: www.m-literaryfestival.com. Deadline is October 31, 2010.

By the way folks, lots of deadlines coming up this fall for residencies, retreats and so on. September is a big month for those opportunities. Check out these websites for listings on residency deadlines all over the world: http://www.artistcommunities.org/, http://www.resartis.org/ and http://www.transartists.org

Also, the Fulbright scholarships will most likely be due in October so if you are considering applying, get cracking! Go here for more info on Fulbrights: http://miraslist.blogspot.com/2009/04/fubright-grants-inside-scoop.html

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!