This is a painting with grey, brown, gold, yellow, black, spots of red and green. The artist made black paint strokes in the middle of the painting.

The artwork of Creative Fellowships grantee, Barbara F. Warden. Credit: Barbara F. Warden.

Who We Support

Through ongoing partnerships with Millay Arts (Millay) 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 provides financial support, the colonies are responsible for the application submission and review process.  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 colony:

 Graphic image with text stating that artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia receive support at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. While artists in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and U.S. Virgin Islands receive support at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.

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 colony 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.


COVID-19 Coronavirus: We recognize this is a fluid and rapidly developing situation. At this time, artists who are interested in receiving support through the Creative Fellowships program are encouraged to check in with the respective residency program to for the most up-to-date information about their operating and application status. Contact information for each residency program is listed below.

Am I Eligible?

Only residents of MAAF’s 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 submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to MAAF 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
June to September Residencies

Deadline: May 15
October to January Residencies

Deadline: September 15
February to May Residencies

Millay Arts

Click here to access Millay’s online application
Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies

Deadline: October 1
April to July Residencies


Colonies 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 colony.

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.

Click here to contact VCCA

Click here to contact Millay

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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 (February to May for VCCA; April to July for Millay) as funding will definitely be available.  If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective colony 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 colonies.

Is it possible to receive Creative Fellowship support for a different residency program?
Currently, support is only available for residents at Millay and VCCA.

I notice that the colonies 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 colony 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 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.

Current Fellows


Elise P. Church (NY), Visual Artist
Alan Frampton (MD), Visual Artist
Liana Liu (NY), Author
Kimberly Thorpe (MD), Visual Artist
John Van Kirk (WV), Author


Emma Eisenberg (PA), Author
David Galef (NJ), Author
Jacqueline Goldfinger (PA), Author
Amy Lyons (VA), Author
Aurora Masum-Javed (DC), Author

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the Mid Atlantic Arts program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

The following statement must appear in all promotional and announcement materials, websites, press releases, social media posts and other publicity materials produced by the Grantee regarding this residency.
This residency of [Artist Name] is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts.

The preferred reference/entry on the Grantee’s resume is as follows.
Awards: Mid Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow, [Colony Name], [Year]

Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Art’s logo available here.

Final Reports

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement. Download a final report form here.

Travel expense reimbursement should be submitted within two weeks of incurring expenses. Forms must be submitted by mail with an original signature. Download a Travel Expense Reimbursement Form here.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.