Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Watch and Listen to Mirabee Talk About How to Find Money for Your Dreams!

Greetings all!

I am off to the SPXO convention in Bethesda, MD tomorrow (that is the Small Press Expo, for those of you who don't know, and it is chock full of comic book artists and graphic novelists from all over the world). Anyway, I just got this link from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where they have a wonderful low-residency MFA program for writers. I read there this summer, did a writing craft seminar AND...most importantly, a talk on grants, residencies and opportunities for writers and others in the arts. And guess what? It's online now and you can watch Mirabee make a fool of herself publicly, while answering all your burning questions about writing grants, applications to residencies, where to find funding, etc.


It's an hour an a half video so make yourself a bucket of popcorn and take notes too!

See you later...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Millay Colony Call for Applications: Deadline October 1st

(August 17, 2012) Austerlitz, NY…The Millay Colony for the Arts
application system is now open through October 1, 2012 for the 2013
residency season. The Colony offers one-month residencies to visual
artists, composers and writers between the months of April and
Nurturing the work of artists of all ages, from a range of
cultures and communities, and in all stages of their artistic career,
the Colony offers comfortable private rooms, private studio spaces,
all meals, and ample time to work in a quiet, pastoral atmosphere.

In addition to offering month-long residencies to visual artists,
writers and composers, the Millay Colony also offers three new ways to
spend time as a resident. "
In our continuing efforts to meet the
ever-evolving needs of the artistic community,” says Executive
Director Caroline Crumpacker, “we are now able to support artists who
can’t manage a full month away, but for whom a shorter residency could
provide a tremendous boost. We also want to recognize the importance
of collaborations and collectives to and within contemporary

The Two-Week Residency
In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long
residency, we are now offering two two-week sessions in the month of
September only, for up to seven artists per session. These sessions
function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, highlighted by
private bedrooms, private studios, and all meals.

The “Virtual” Residency
This new residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists
with children who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could
benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual
Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long
residency on weekends only and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to
assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources
necessary to the making of new work.

The application process for these residencies is the same as that for
the month-long residencies. Applicants will note on their application
form that they are looking for the two-week residency or the virtual

The Group Residency
The Millay Colony awards one five-day Group Residency each year to a
group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is
available to any artists groups, including but not only musicians and
bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries,
etc. -- or simply individuals collaborating on a project.

The basis for the application as a group is work samples, a statement
detailing the history of the collaboration or organization, and a
project description describing proposed activities for the residency.
The residency may be used only to support the creation and
dissemination of new or revived art works. It is not available for
institutional support or organizational retreats. The residency is
awarded through a separate application process and includes private
bedrooms, studios, public meeting spaces, and all meals.

The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists' residency program and
artists' center located on the extraordinary property of poet Edna St.
Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, NY. Our mission is to nurture and
promote the vitality of the arts by providing artists with a rural
home that encourages intensity and exploration in the context of
nurturing artistic community.

Each year Millay Colony invites 52 visual artists, writers and
composers for a colony residency. Residents are chosen anonymously by
a panel of jurors in each discipline. The application process is
competitive and based solely on on the merit of the artist statement
and work sample.

Deadline for 2013 residencies is October 1, 2012.
To apply for any of these residencies visit Or for more information call
Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at 518-392-3103.

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!