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About the Fellowship

This fellowship was established in 2017 in honor of Harlem Renaissance poet and civil rights activist Anne Spencer. Funded by Elizabeth Logan Harris, Frankie Harris Slaughter, and Lyall Forsyth Harris, the Anne Spencer Fellowship provides a one-month residency and $1,500 honorarium to writers, visual artists, and composers of African American descent. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with private bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

Anne Spencer Fellows tour the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum and participate in one of the following in the Lynchburg community: a public presentation; a workshop at Anne Spencer partner schools; or another community-based activity in coordination with the Anne Spencer Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Application Details

Current Eligibility: Visual artists of African American descent

Residencies Available: May 1 – August 31, 2025
Length of Fellowship: One month
Honorarium: $1,500 upon completion of residency

Application Opens: June 1, 2024
Deadline: September 15, 2024
Application Fee*: $30
Notification by: December 31, 2024

To be considered as an Anne Spencer Fellow, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia – Summer 2025,” selecting your fellowship interest in Question 2.

* If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, please write to by September 10, 2024, to request an application fee waiver.

Future Eligibility

2026: Composers of African American descent
2027: Writers of African American descent

Anne Spencer Fellows

Crystal Wilkinson to Read at the Anne Spencer House