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Creative Access: Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury

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Creative Access awards are for visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in the United States and Canada. Qualification criteria includes: individuals with neurological and functional impairment due to traumatic SCI, spina bifida, degenerative disease primary to the spinal cord (transverse myelitis) or damage to the spinal cord due to tumors and surgery.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Individuals with spinal dysfunction, paralysis or pain syndromes caused by other disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, ALS, Chiari malformation, polio, primary orthopedic disorders and peripheral nerve injury).

If selected, Fellows will receive:

  1. a 2-8 week residency that must take place between April - December 2018
  2. a $1000 stipend to offset travel and other costs of the residency
  3. room/board and travel support ($250) for a personal assistant/caregiver, if needed
Reveca Torres

“Being awarded this residency allowed me time for personal development, experimentation, and artistic growth. Not only did I have the space and tools to be productive, but having a personal assistant/caregiver with me made it possible for me to make the trip from Chicago.”

- Reveca Torres, fashion/design, Chicago, IL


Application available

September 1, 2017

Application deadline

November 15, 2017 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time)*


Early December, 2017

Fellowship period

April - December 2018

*Please note: The application will close electronically at this time and no applications will be accepted after this deadline. We will be unavailable to answer questions after 5pm on the day of the deadline.


All applications will be processed by the Alliance of Artists Communities.

Applicants to the Creative Access Consortium of Artist Residencies will be reviewed by all participating residency programs (PLAYA, Ragdale Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, and Vermont Studio Center). While every attempt will be made to match awardees with their first or second choice sites, in some cases artists may be selected by other residencies.

The 12 Fellowships will be distributed evenly among the four partnering programs: Vermont Studio Center, PLAYA, Ragdale Foundation, and Santa Fe Art Institute.

Stipends will be disbursed at the start of the residency upon arrival at each location.

JL Jacobs

“The interaction with visual artists has had a profound impact on me personally and will be expressed in future work. The friendships kindled here are enriching and have the potential for more collaborative works in the future. I am deeply grateful.”

- JL Jacobs, poet, Norman, OK


Applications for the Creative Access Consortium of Artist Residencies will be accepted through Submittable. There is no application fee.

Application deadline: November 15, 2017, 11:59pm EST. Now closed.

Please note: Customer service will not be available after 5pm on the day of the deadline. It is recommended that you begin your application well in advance of the deadline to ensure completion.

To apply, you will need to do the following:

(1) Determine your site preferences

  1. Each residency site offers different facilities, services, and amenities. Read through the descriptions of each site to determine your preferences. If you have questions about specific equipment or other site details, please contact
  2. All sites offer 2-8 week long residencies.

(2) Complete the online application. You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Your residency site preferences (top 3 choices)
  2. Your scheduling availability for a residency between April-December 2018 (this is to give the residencies a general idea of your seasonal availability; if you don't know of any scheduling limitations to-date, simply indicate "no preference" or "unknown")
  3. A brief statement of eligibility. These fellowships are specifically intended for visual artists and writers living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The application will ask you to please provide a brief description (500 words or less) detailing your Spinal Cord Injury and mobility limitations, if any.
  4. Any special requirements (specific equipment, access to facilities, accessibility, or other needs you might have during a residency)
  5. Work samples:
    VISUAL ARTISTS: You may submit any combination of the following of recent, strong work, not to exceed 5 total work samples:
    • Images: up to 5 images (JPG)
    • Video: up to 5 video files (MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG, WMV)

    WRITERS: All submissions must be in PDF format (submitted as one single PDF file). Manuscripts must be in a standard typeface (e.g. Times, Palatino, Garamond, Courier, Cambria), minimum 12 point type.
    • POETS: please submit a maximum of 10 pages, no more than one poem per page.
    • ALL OTHER GENRES: please submit a maximum of 15 pages. Pages must be double-spaced.
    • TRANSLATORS: please submit both the translation and the original text in a single document no longer than 15 pages; also, please note whether you hold the English rights.

For technical questions using Submittable, please click on the ? tab on the top right in the application. We recommend that you begin the application process in advance of the November 15, 2017 deadline so we may assist you if you have questions or difficulties.


For more about this program, contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at or 401-351-4320