WHO WE ARE One of the oldest and longest-running artist residencies in the world, the Millay Colony for the Arts has hosted @3000 composers, poets, writers, visual artists, playwrights, screenwriters and filmmakers since its beginnings in 1973; we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2023!
WHAT WE DO We provide uninterrupted time and a nurturing space for artists to do what they do best: create. Our historic “Core Residency” program hosts 6-7 artists from May through November to create work in a secluded setting that might not otherwise have been realized. Works created while in residence enrich lives and communities globally: our alumni are consistently recognized with Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships, National Book Awards, Lambda Literary Prizes and other honors. Our mostly month-long residencies — June and September offer two-week sessions — feature private bedrooms and studios, shared living space, groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners. Friendships formed while in residence continue past departure and often spark creative collaborations and ongoing professional development opportunities and networking. In response to need and due to space constraints, we continue to strive to serve the needs of creators at every stage of their career and have implemented additional residencies as well.
WHERE WE ARE We are located at Steepletop, in Austerlitz, NY, situated in the picturesque Hudson Valley nestled against the the foothills of the Berkshires. Our seven acre campus features sylvan meadows and pristine woods, with designated trails for hiking and biking as well as nearby lakes, rivers and streams. In the summer, wild blueberries and other delicacies abound, while in winter, cross-country skis and snowshoes are welcome; nearby Harvey Mountain State Forest draws visitors year-round. We are 30 minutes from Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA; other attractions include The Mount, Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Chesterwood, MassMOCA, Naumkeag, Jacobs Pillow, PS21, the Columbia County Film Festival and the Berkshire’s Shakespeare & Company.
APPLICATION/INFORMATION: CLICK HERE
YOU ARE FREE TO APPLY FOR ANY/ALL OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAYS AT THE MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS, INCLUDING CORE, STEEPLETOP, AND/OR WINTERTIDE.
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS IN NO WAY AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CORE RESIDENCY (OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE) THAT IS THE MOST COMPETITIVE (WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO OFFER STAYS TO @4% OF APPLICANTS AND MANY APPLY NUMEROUS TIMES AS JURIES CHANGE). NOR DO MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR STEEPLETOP AND/OR WINTERTIDE.
CORE RESIDENCY: MAY–OCTOBER — FREE OF CHARGE ($40 application fee)
Our long-running historic self-directed residency hosts a cohort of 6-7 exceptional multidisciplinary artists for month-long stays in a secluded and inspiring setting and includes groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners, all provided completely free of charge.
MARCH 1 (for residencies August, September, October)
OCTOBER 1 (for residencies May, June, July)
GROUP/COLLABORATIONS: DECEMBER RESIDENCIES — MARCH 1 DEADLINE
All application information and forms are available online (see above “click here” link).
NOTE: As we are multidisciplinary, you may submit an application in more than one discipline if desired; if you are confused as to which discipline best suits your work, please email/call for clarity.
Applications are reviewed by a blind jury of professionals of that discipline including alumni.
STEEPLETOP RESIDENCY: APRIL & NOVEMBER — $3000 ($40 application fee)
This newly-created full-fee, self-directed residency allows us to host exceptional creators who wish to opt out of the blind jury process but still desire the full “Millay” experience: a month-long stay in a secluded and inspiring setting with a supportive cohort that includes groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners.
Applications are reviewed and juried by administrative staff; we ask that you submit your materials at least 30 days prior to the first of April and/or November.
QUESTIONS? CALLIOPE NICHOLAS: firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-392-3103