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NEA Awards Over 2 Million in Grants for Artist Residencies

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its most recent round of grants, awarding $27.6 million to 1,126 organizations and individual fellows nationwide. More than $2.1 Million will support creative residency programs – artist communities, colonies, and residencies that provide artists of any discipline with dedicated time and space for the development of new work.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society."

The announcement celebrated residencies as critical spaces for the incubation of new ideas and as platforms for cross-discipline connections and collaboration. The first round of 2016 NEA awards honored a diversity of models within the residency field - from long-established, retreat-style colonies like The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) and Skowhegan (Skowhegan, ME), to active arts centers with a public engagement focus including McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC) and Press Street (New Orleans, LA), to residencies offered through universities, museums, and national parks and preserves. There are currently an estimated 500 artist residency programs in the U.S. (and more than 1,500 worldwide), which provide residencies to more than 15,000 artists each year - painters, poets, composers, choreographers, playwrights, filmmakers, novelists, scholars, and others.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the NEA's support of the field, which will provide artists with necessary resources to develop new work," says Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs. "The NEA's recognition is a symbol of the relevance and immediacy of our field's work: to support living artists in the creation of new work and the exploration of new ideas. The Alliance of Artists Communities was founded on the belief that supporting today's artists in developing new work is essential to human progress - not as a luxury, not as a leisure activity, but as a vital and necessary force in society."

Ninety organizations were awarded $2,120,000 in grants for residencies, from large and established artist colonies to small and up-and-coming residency programs. In the Artist Communities category, 44 grants were awarded totaling $725,000; in Dance, $210,000 was awarded to 5 residency programs; in Museums, $110,000 was awarded to 2 residency programs; in Presenting, $215,000 awarded to 8 residency programs; in Theater, $230,000 awarded to 5 residency programs; and in Visual Arts, $640,000 awarded to 24 residency programs. Of the 90 grants, 43 went to the Alliance and its member organizations, totaling $1,055,000.

Grants awarded to artist residency programs in the Alliance network include:

18th Street Arts Complex
Santa Monica, CA

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA

Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA          

International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
Oakland, CA

Kala Institute
Berkeley, CA

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes Station, CA

Montalvo Association
Saratoga, CA

Coyote School (aka Elsewhere Studios)
Paonia, CO

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Bakehouse Art Complex, Inc.
Miami, FL

 South Florida Art Center, Inc. (aka ArtCenter South Florida)          
Miami, FL          

Hyde Park Art Center          
Chicago, IL          

Ragdale Foundation
Lake Forest, IL

Press Street (aka Press Street)
New Orleans, LA

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inc. (aka FAWC)
Provincetown, MA

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc. (aka Skowhegan)
Madison, ME

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Inc. (aka The Anderson Center)
Red Wing, MN

Ox Bow (aka Ox-Bow)
Saugatuck, MI

Camargo Foundation
Saint Paul, MN

Archie Bray Foundation (aka Archie Bray Foundation (the Bray))          
Helena, MT          

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc          
Becket, MA          

Yard, Inc. (aka The Yard)          
Chilmark, MA          

Bates College, President and Trustees of (on behalf of Bates Dance Festival)          
Lewiston, ME          

McColl Center for Art & Innovation
Charlotte, NC

Elsewhere, Inc (aka Elsewhere)          
Greensboro, NC          

Penland School of Crafts, Inc. (aka Penland School of Crafts)          
Penland, NC          

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (aka Bemis Center)
Omaha, NE

MacDowell Colony, Inc. (aka The MacDowell Colony)
Peterborough, NH

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. (aka The Clemente)
New York, NY

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc. (aka Light Work)          
Syracuse, NY          

Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc. (aka The Millay Colony for the Arts)
Austerlitz, NY

Mount Tremper Arts, Inc. (aka Mount Tremper Arts)          
Mount Tremper, NY          

National Parks Arts Foundation          
Santa Fe, NM          

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation (aka RAiR)
Roswell, NM

Sculpture Space, Inc. (aka Sculpture Space)          
Utica, NY          

Wave Farm Inc. (aka Wave Farm)
Acra, NY

Corporation of Yaddo (aka Yaddo)
Saratoga Springs, NY

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc. (aka WheatonArts) (on behalf of Creative Glass Center of America)
Millville, NJ

Summer Lake, OR

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (aka MFAH) (on behalf of The Glassell School of Art)          
Houston, TX          

Sundance Children's Theatre Inc. (aka Sundance Institute Theatre Program)          
Park City, UT          

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (aka VCCA)
Amherst, VA

Guilford Performance Lab Inc (aka Vermont Performance Lab)          
Guilford, VT          

Vermont Studio Center, Inc. (aka VSC)
Johnson, VT

Pilchuck Glass School (aka Pilchuck)          
Seattle, WA          


The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs - a diverse field of more than 1,500 organizations worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' communities, to advance the endeavors of artists. For more information, visit:

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.