Special Programs Now Accepting Applications

VCCA is currently accepting applications for residencies October 2015 - January 2016

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2015

When applying for a Special Program, please be sure to note which fellowship you are applying for on your application.

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Fellowships for Community-based, Socially Engaged or Relational Artists


Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, VCCA is offering fully funded residencies for two artists working in community-based, socially engaged, or relational artwork. The VCCA residencies will be at VCCA which is nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Spanning three to four weeks, depending on the needs of the artists, the residencies will allow them to spend time developing ideas, building networks, or interacting with a local community. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium to cover travel expenses, supplies or equipment. In addition, one of the two will be selected to create a piece for the community of Amherst County, Virginia, the rural location of VCCA, and for that, the artist will receive two additional weeks at VCCA and an additional $2,500.


The Goldfarb Family Fund
Established 2000


Provided through the generosity of writer, literary agent and former Board member Ronald Goldfarb, The Robert and Aida Goldfarb Art Law Literary Fund sponsors a fully funded two-week fellowship and is given annually to the top creative non-fiction applicant.


Komaki Fellowship
Established 2010 - Deadline January 15, 2016


Funded by VCCA Fellow Judi Komaki, this fellowship funds a two-week residency for a playwright, screenwriter or filmmaker whose work celebrates the behind-the-scenes story of an activist striving to make his or her vision of a more perfect world a reality. The work will capture the powerful and positive changes effected by inspiring social activists such as Martin Luther King, or engage a social issue in an uplifting way as Randy Shilts did with Harvey Milk. On your application, please note that you are applying for a Komaki Fellowship.


Montana Fellowship 

Fully-funded one-month residency. Initiated in 2005 and funded by the L.E.A.W. Family Foundation of Missoula, Montana, this effort provides residencies for selected artists, writers and composers from Montana in an effort to target underserved regions.


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