Mid Atlantic Arts Creative Fellowships provide artists with the time and space to create. Hosted in partnership with Millay Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, writers, composers, and visual artists can apply for two-week, or one-month residencies underwritten by Mid Atlantic.
Who We Support
Through ongoing partnerships with Millay Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mid Atlantic Arts annually supplements the cost of residencies for a limited number of artists residing in our nine state and jurisdictional region.
The Creative Fellowships are sponsored residencies. Although Mid Atlantic Arts provides financial support, the residency programs manage their own application submission and review processes. Only artists who have been accepted for a residency program will be recommended to receive a Creative Fellowship.
Artists from each state in our region are eligible at a different residency program:
Receive support at:
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
District of Columbia
U.S. Virgin Islands
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What Fellows Receive
Creative Fellows receive $3,500 or $1,750 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency. The grant is paid to the respective residency program directly on behalf of the artist.
In addition, Fellows receive up to $250 in reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from their residency.
Am I Eligible?
Only residents of Mid Atlantic Arts’ nine state and jurisdictional region are eligible to receive Creative Fellowship support. Additionally, artists who have previously received support through this program will not be considered eligible to receive another Creative Fellowship for the three years following a supported residency.
How Can I be Considered?
Artists interested in being considered for a Creative Fellowship must apply directly to the applicable residency program.
There are no additional steps you need to take once you have applied. Creative Fellows are identified through the application review process led by each colony. VCCA and Millay Arts submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to Mid Atlantic Arts for further review and approval.
Please note that you may be approved for a residency but not selected as a Creative Fellow.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Click here to access VCCA’s online application
Deadline: January 15
September to December Residencies
Deadline: May 15
January to April Residencies
Deadline: September 15
May to August Residencies
Click here to access Millay’s online application
Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies
Deadline: October 1
May to July Residencies
Residency programs will notify applicants that they have been selected to receive Creative Fellowship support after the review and approval process has concluded. Mid Atlantic Arts will then issue a Grant Award Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the Fellowship to the Fellow directly.
Timelines for notification may vary. Application status inquiries should be directed to the respective residency program.
Final Reports & Forms
After their residencies, Fellows will be asked to complete a Final Report and submit a Travel Reimbursement Form along with any travel receipts. The Final Report provides Mid Atlantic with a brief overview of each Fellow’s experience. The Travel Reimbursement Form is used to calculate the amount of reimbursement the Fellow will receive for travel to and from the residency.
Both forms can be accessed in the “Manage Your Grant” tab (above).
Travel Reimbursement Payments
Travel reimbursement will be sent directly to the Fellow upon receipt and approval of the Final Report and Travel Reimbursement Form.
All questions regarding the application and review process should be directed to the colonies.
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I am only interested in a residency if I receive a Creative Fellowship. How can I be sure that funding is still available for artists in my state for the current calendar year?
Artists who are only interested in a Creative Fellowship residency are encouraged to apply for the first residency sessions each year (January to April for VCCA; May to July for Millay Arts) as funding will definitely be available. If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective residency program before applying to see if Creative Fellowship funds are still available.
Do I need to inform Mid Atlantic Arts that I have applied for a residency?
No. Recommendations will be forwarded to us from the residency program.
Is it possible to receive Creative Fellowship support for a different residency program?
Currently, support is only available for residents at Millay Arts and VCCA.
I notice that the residency programs charge application fees. What should I do if this presents a financial hardship?
If the fees are a barrier to application, please contact the respective residency program directly.
If I am selected to receive a Creative Fellowship, will Mid Atlantic Arts require that I show evidence of my creative output from the residency in the Final Report?
No. While we ask Fellows to report back about their experiences, we believe that artists should follow their own pace and creative process during their residencies. Mid Atlantic Arts will never assess the success of the residency based on the amount of work produced or require that you submit examples of works-in-progress.
I run a residency program and would love to explore how we could receive funding for our residents through a similar partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts. Is this possible?
Thank you for your work providing creative and inspiring spaces for artists! Unfortunately, since Mid Atlantic Arts is a non-profit organization that must raise every dollar spent on programs and new initiates, we do not have discretionary funds to support additional projects which fall outside of our budgeted funding structures.