Sustainable Arts Foundation
supporting artists and writers with families

2016 Residency Grants Awarded!

Please join us in congratulating the winners of our 2016 Residency Grants. We're particularly impressed by the range of organizations represented here: 16 residency programs in 13 different states supporting a wide range of disciplines in both rural and urban environments. Our biggest regret is that we couldn't fund all of the nearly fifty worthy organizations that applied, all of whom displayed creativity and initiative in their proposals.

Art Farm
Marquette, NE
Having updated their facilities for families with a previous SAF grant, Art Farm is now creating a special children’s room, “similar in feel to the haylofts of barns, with their dormers, high towers to low ceilings, trap doors to balconies, as an invitation to imaginary worlds.”
Boulder Ensemble Theater Company
Boulder, CO
With this grant, SAF continues to support the BETC’s Generations project, which helps put plays by parent-playwrights into development.
Franconia Sculpture Park
Shafer, MN
Franconia offers terrific financial and creative support for artists working in large-scale work, and a creative community for their children, who are invited to participate in sculpture-making workshops and other activities.
Kala Art Institute
Berkeley, CA
Kala will continue to tailor their diverse and flexible programs to support artist parents with residencies, classes, art camp for their children, and/or consultations about professional development.
Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station
Lake Ariel, PA
Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station, a nature preserve, biological field station, and environmental education center, will offer scholarships for parent artists and writers to participate in a residency program at their 550-acre preserve.
The Luminary
Atlanta, GA
A program founded by parent-artists themselves, The Luminary plans to offer increased stipends to artists with children, as well as a fully-furnished private apartment and access to a childcare cooperative nearby.
The MacDowell Colony
Peterborough, NH
The MacDowell Colony plans to establish a supplemental childcare stipend fund to complement their fully-funded writer and artist residencies.
Marble House Project
Dorset, VT
For the last three years, Marble House Project has been offering a Family Friendly Session which provides onsite child-centered programming and support so that the parents can work uninterrupted for most of the day; we are proud now to help underwrite this residency.
Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Aquinnah, MA
MVICW offers an intensive workshop experience and supportive community for writers at all stages. Their grant will offer full tuition/lodging scholarships for writers with children.
Millay Colony
Austerlitz, NY
Millay, a pioneer in offering flexible programs for parent artists, will continue to offer shortened and “virtual” residencies (a one-month bank to be used as the resident likes), as well as post-residency and workshop programs.
Mineral School
Mineral, WA
In just its second year of operation, Mineral School is making parents a priority with two one-week residencies dedicated to parent writers and artists.
Spread Art
Detroit, MI
Detroit’s Spread Art provides fully-subsidized residencies to visual and literary artists with kids, including family housing in Detroit or childcare grants to assist family staying at home.
Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, VT
VSC is an established leader in adjusting their programs to best fit parent writers and artists, and will again offer two-week residency fellowships.
Women's Studio Workshop
Kingston, NY
The Women’s Studio Workshop will again offer a fully-subsidized, month-long residency for an artist with children.
Writers and Books
Rochester, NY
Writers & Books, which operates both an urban writing center in Rochester and a rural retreat in the Finger Lakes region, will offer flexible residency options in either location to writers with kids.
Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow
Eureka Springs, AR
The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow offers a simple, flexible opportunity called the “My Time” fellowship, a subsidized residency plus stipend for a writer with children.

2015 Residency Grantees

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company recognizes that without actively supporting parent playwrights, the representation of family life may fade from the stage. They will host a parent playwright for a week-long residency to put a new work into production.
Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia offers rare support for artists working in large-scale artwork, and they will again offer additional stipends for parent sculptors, whose families will be able to comfortably accompany them.
Gallery Aferro
Gallery Aferro, a growing artist residency in Newark, NJ, will offer residencies with stipends for parent artists.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s innovative Arts/Industry Residency Program for artists working in clay, enameled cast iron, and brass, will offer increased stipends to assist artists with housing costs and childcare during a typical 3-month residency.
Kala Art Institute
Kala will tailor their flexible programs to support ten artists with residencies, classes, art camp for their children, and/or consultations about professional development.
I-Park Foundation
I-Park Foundation will dedicate a two-week summer residency period for artists to attend with their families.
Maine College of Art
MECA will offer stipends so that parent artists can continue to take advantage of their recently-refurbished, family-friendly resident housing.
The Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is offering shortened residencies to better accommodate parent artists, and inviting their families to participate in special “Drop Off [and Pick Up] Your Parent” days.
Millay Colony for the Arts
Millay is a pioneer in offering flexible programs for parent artists, and will expand both their residency opportunities and their post-residency and workshop programs.
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation
Roswell has always welcomed families; their grant will help them offer larger stipends for artists with children.
Santa Fe Art Institute
The Santa Fe Art Institute will continue its Family Residency Initiative, supporting parent artists with a residency fellowship reserved for parents.
Spread Art
Spread Art’s flexible proposal offers residencies tailored to individual artists, with stipends to cover childcare and other costs whether their family accompanies them to Detroit or stays at home.
Vermont Studio Center
Vermont Studio Center, another leader in adjusting their programs to best fit parent writers and artists, will again offer two- and four-week residency fellowships.
The Women’s Studio Workshop
The Women’s Studio Workshop will again offer a fully-subsidized, month-long residency with explicit support for an artist with children.
The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow
With this grant, The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow will continue to offer their “My Time” fellowship, a subsidized residency plus stipend for a parent writer.

2014 Residency Grantees

Art Farm
Art Farm, in Nebraska, will make physical improvements to its facilities to increase its ability to host families.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company will again host a parent playwright for a week-long residency to put a new work into production.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)
Brooklyn Arts Exchange will expand its existing support for parent artists, offering vital workspace and childcare.
Caldera
Caldera will upgrade its facilities, and will initiate what will become a full-fledged family residency program in 2015.
Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown
The Fine Arts Work Center will offer assistance with housing, living, travel, and childcare expenses in order to support visiting parent artists.
Franconia Sculpture Park
Franconia Sculpture Park will offer additional stipends and services to expand their ability to make parent artists welcome.
Headlands Center for the Arts
Headlands has been hosting families for years, and they will continue to make their unique experience available to artists and writers with children.
Hermitage Artist Retreat
Hermitage will dedicate a month solely to parents, making sure that visiting artists and their families have the space and support they need.
Kala Art Institute & Gallery
Kala defines flexibility, customizing access to their vast array of resources to fit the individual needs of their parent residents.
Maine College of Art
The Maine College of Art will offer stipends so that parent artists can take advantage of their recently refurbished family-friendly resident housing.
Millay Colony for the Arts
The Millay Colony will continue its trendsetting flexible programs -- from Virtual Residencies to workshops -- for parent artists and writers.
Pilchuck Glass School
The Pilchuck Glass School will offer a dedicated parent-artist fellowship on an ongoing basis.
Vermont Studio Center
The Vermont Studio continues to offer full 4-week and shortened 2-week residency fellowships to artists and writers with children.
Women's Studio Workshop
The Women’s Studio Workshop will offer a no-fee month-long residency with explicit support for an artist with a family.
The Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow
The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow will dedicate two flexible weeks of residency with a generous stipend to a writer with children.
Yaddo
Yaddo will allow parent artists to apply for childcare stipends as part of their financial aid package.

2013 Residency Grantees

Atlantic Center for the Arts
The Atlantic Center for the Arts will be offering a generous number of fully-funded scholarships for parent artists.
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is committed to broadening the representation of family life in theatre and seeks to produce a play based on work by a parent playwright. The Sustainable Arts Foundation grant will assist with attracting plays from parent writers.
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will make several of its Winter Residencies available to parent artists.
Headlands Center for the Arts
The Sustainable Arts Foundation grant to the Headlands Center for the Arts will help ensure that the opportunities Headlands is already making available to parents will continue to be affordable.
The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
ISLAND will make physical improvements to its Hill House residence and provide stipends to parent artists.
Kala Art Institute
Kala will be making several new flexible residency and workshop opportunities available to parent artists.
Maine College of Art
The Maine College of Art will make physical improvements to its Pace House residence and offer a stipend to make that residency available to parent artists.
Millay Colony
The Millay Colony will continue to offer its innovative options, such as weekend and virtual residencies, which give parents much needed flexibility in scheduling.
Montalvo Arts Center
The Montalvo Arts Center has been including parent artists in its programs for years, and this grant will help ensure that this support continues.
Penland School of Crafts
The Penland School of Crafts will make physical improvements to their site and offer stipends to make this residency more feasible for parent artists.
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation
Parent artists already make up a substantial percentage of the residents at Roswell. The funding they receive from the Sustainable Arts Foundation will ensure this program continues to thrive.
Santa Fe Art Institute
The Santa Fe Art Institute will offer fee-free residencies to parent artists.
Vermont Studio Center
For the third year in a row, the Vermont Studio Center is offering fully-funded two- and four-week residencies, including stipends for travel and childcare, for parent writers and artists.