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Millay Colony for the Arts Adds Second Deadline

“This will give artists more options for applying,” said Executive Director Caroline Crumpacker.

The Millay Colony for the Arts has taken a dramatic step to increase access to its programs by adding a second annual application deadline. Artists may now apply in October for the first half of the residency season and in March for the second half.

“This will give artists more options for applying,” said Executive Director Caroline Crumpacker. “Also, the deadlines will be closer to the months an accepted artist would attend. Now there won’t have to be a long lead time between acceptance and the dates of the residency. Based on feedback we’ve been getting, we think this is going to make our programs more accessible to those who want to apply.”

October 1, 2014: For residency sessions in April, May, June and July of 2015.
March 1, 2015: For residency sessions in August, September, October and November of 2015.


Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month or two-week residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Resident artists get private rooms, personal studios, and all meals during their stay at Millay’s pastoral campus.

In 1973 Norma Millay Ellis, sister of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, founded The Millay Colony for the Arts as a residency center for visual artists, writers and composers. The first artists arrived in 1974 and lived and worked in a small building on the Millay estate. In 1976, Norma gave to the Colony the barn her sister had built from a Sears & Roebuck kit. It was soon renovated to accommodate four artists. In the mid-1990's, the Colony brought together a team of six artists with disabilities to design an environmentally-friendly building for the Colony using the principles of universal access. The resulting Main Building houses offices and all public rooms for residents with all levels of physical ability. Now in its 41st season, The Millay Colony has offered residencies to over 2,000 artists from the U.S. and abroad.

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