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Our renovated barn -- built from a Sears kit by Edna herself in the 1920s.
Our Main Building has universal access.
An artist's studio.
Composers at work in our Main House.
One of many sitting areas, including two libraries, in our Main House.

The Millay Colony for the Arts

Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of legendary poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center located in the spectacular Berkshire foothills of Austerlitz, New York. Our mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by providing writers, visual artists and composers with a rural retreat that encourages creative intensity and exploration in the context of nurturing artistic community.

Location

Austerlitz, New York: United States

The Millay Colony is located at Steepletop, the country estate that belonged to the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, New York. The Colony is located about 2½ hours north of New York City and 2½ hours west of Boston.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1 month, two weeks or "Virtual"
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 7
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 64
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1,050

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Millay welcomes writers, visual artists, and composers of all ages and at all points in their careers. International artists encouraged to apply. Repeat residencies after one year.

  • Application deadline: March 01, October 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    One-month and "Virtual" residencies are available between the months of April and November. Two-week sessions are available in the month of September only. The Virtual Residency accommodates artists who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long residency on weekends only and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work. October 1 for April through July of the following year. March 1 for August through November of the same year. Application information can be found at http://www.millaycolony.org/apply.

Past Residents & Quotes

"It is not just time and solace--which the Colony so generously provides--but rather the rare gift of immersing oneself in one's manuscript in order to come out the other end with a finished book worth submitting. Hours spent writing at the Millay Colony go beyond luxury: they are an essential building block toward one's success as a writer, and an integral step in the long road to publishing."
— Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of The Millay Colony for the Arts’ residency program supporting and nourishing the widest possible range of artists. We have already hosted more than 2,500 visual artists, composers, and writers of all stripes and from every community. In 2013, we received more than 1,000 applications to our residency program – an increase of more than 400% since 2006! These applicants come from all over the country and all over the world. Concurrently, we have more than doubled our workshop and professional development offerings to artists, with scholarships and discounts available, always. This is an exciting and important time to be part of our family.
— Caroline Crumpacker

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Some private, some shared baths. All studios are spacious and private.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    The chef prepares dinner weeknights; residents prepare all other meals with food provided by Millay. Vegetarian meals available; cooking/kitchen facilities available to residents. We have our own organic vegetable gardens and get a CSA each year from a local bio-dynamic farm.
  • Computer/internet access: Ethernet provided in common area, Ethernet provided in living or studio area
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Facilities are fully accessible. The main building is a universal design; please contact Millay for details regarding special accessibility features for the hearing- and visually-impaired.
  • Studios/special equipment: Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Photography (non-digital), Sculpture
  • Other facilities and services: Limited transportation provided by the organization, mostly for arrival to and departure from the Colony. We have a car for residents' use.

Residency Fees

None.

Stipends / other support

Stipends are available for artists teaching in the public schools and artists with young children. Visit www.millaycolony.org/apply for more information.

Additional expectations / opportunities

In addition to our core program of month-long residencies, we introduced three new residency options in 2012: ➢ We now offer two Two-Week residency sessions in the month of September, in order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency. ➢ We also inaugurated a Virtual Residency program for working artists and/or artists with children who cannot spend prolonged time away from home. The Virtual Resident participates in a month-long residency on weekends only and receives a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing resources (such as childcare) necessary for the making of new work. ➢ Our new five-day Group Residency, offered twice annually, was developed to serve groups of three to seven collaborating artists. This is available to groups including musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc.—or simply individuals collaborating on a project.

Contact Information

454 East Hill Road, PO Box 3
Austerlitz, New York 12017
United States
Tel: 518-392-3103