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

The Alliance of Artists Communities is thrilled to announce applications are now open for the 2015 Creative Access residency awards. Supported by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the program provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with the invaluable opportunity of a month-long, funded studio residency.

"'Creative Access' reflects our ongoing commitment to develop greater resources for underserved artists of all kinds and model best-practices for the entire residency field," says Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities. "We are thrilled to launch this new program with our residency partners, and so grateful to the Neilsen Foundation for its leadership and support."

The Creative Access residency program aims to foster greater accessibility across artist-centered organizations and forwards the Neilsen Foundation's mission to improve the quality of life for those living with SCI.

Since 2009, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has partnered with the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) to support visual artists and writers with SCI through residencies at the Center. In 2015, the Foundation’s generous support - in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities - will expand to include 12 residencies at three host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Awardees will be offered a one-month residency at one of the three host sites, including room and board, a $500 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.

The program is open to all visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injury in the United States and Canada.

Application deadline: January 15, 2015.
Application guidelines can be found at:

For inquiries: Contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at or call us at 401-351-4320.

Made possible with generous support from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.