The Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowships fund one-week fellowships for poets, writers, and visual artists who are parents of children under 18 at the time of residency. This fellowship includes room and board, a visiting author reading and craft chat, an optional residents' reading, and lots of love. The one-week residency period will be held during fall 2020 -- September 11-19, 2020.
About the Sustainable Arts Foundation: The San Francisco-based Sustainable Arts Foundation supports individual artists as well as artists residencies in helping creative people of parenting age sustain their work practice amid the busy child-rearing years. With help from the foundation, Mineral School has designed a shorter-format residency that affords parents a long enough window to make meaningful progress on their work but that is short enough for partners or caretakers to handle childcare responsibilities in the artist's absence.
Selection: Your work will be anonymously evaluated by a panel of established writers or visual artists, depending on genre. Jurors will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample and boldness of your voice or expression. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample or the title of the documents for those samples (eg, if your name is Jane Doe, don't titled your document "JaneDoe.doc").
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, publication or public readings experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?
Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and literary influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a writer. Be yourself. The jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your process. This will help in making final decisions. For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Writers will create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) or 20 pages (poetry) in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is a prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.). Visual artists upload up to five work samples in JPEG, GIF, or TIFF form. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages or the title of your file (I.e. if your name is Flannery O'Connor or Pablo Picasso, don't title your file FlanneryOConnor.doc or PabloPicasso.jpeg).
September 11 (Saturday) - September 19, 2020 (Sunday)
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all elements are attached!