Millay Colony for the Arts

Promoting the vitality of the arts and the development of writers, visual artists, and composers by providing a retreat for creative work.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Residency Options and Deadline

The Millay Colony for the Arts today announced three important new additions to its roster of artist residencies on its pastoral upstate New York/Berkshire area campus. While continuing to offer month-long residencies to visual artists, writers, and composers, the Millay Colony is now offering three new ways to spend time as a resident. "In our continuing efforts to meet the ever-evolving needs of the artistic community," says Executive Director Caroline Crumpacker, "we are now able to support artists who can't manage a full month away, but for whom a shorter residency could provide a tremendous boost. We also want to recognize the importance of collaborations and collectives to and within contemporary art-making."

The Two-Week Residency
In order to accommodate artists who cannot partake of a month-long residency, Millay is now offering two two-week sessions in the month of September only, for up to seven artists per session. These sessions function exactly as our popular longer sessions do, highlighted by private bedrooms, private studios, and all meals.

The Virtual Residency
This new residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children 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.

The Group Residency
The Millay Colony awards one five-day Group Residency each year to a group of between three and seven collaborating artists. This is available to any artists groups, including but not limited to musicians and bands, publishing collectives, theater and dance troupes, galleries, etc. -- or simply individuals collaborating on a project.

"Millay Colony's new residency formats demonstrate the Colony's responsiveness to the needs of today's artists," says Alliance of Artists Communities' executive director, Caitlin Strokosch. "Artists with young families and artists with a collective practice are particularly under-served by other resources and it is exciting to see residency programs developing creative solutions to these challenges."

The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists' residency program and artists' center located on the extraordinary property of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, NY. Its mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by providing artists with a rural home that encourages intensity and exploration in the context of nurturing artistic community.

The deadline for 2012 residencies is September 15, 2011.

To apply for any of these residencies visit or for more information call Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at 518-392-3103


  1. It's wonderful that Millay is adapting to new needs and creating new possibilities for artists.
    I still remember my month at Millay with great appreciation. It was the first time in my life that I felt I was 'living' as an artist, and able to center my entire being around the creation of my art.
    Thank you for doing what you do!
    Kirby Obsidian
    May 2000

  2. Kirby, That's wonderful to hear! Thanks for the note...