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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, Ann Frank 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: Composers of African American descent

Residencies Available: May 1 – August 31, 2022
Length of Fellowship: One month
Honorarium: $1,500 upon completion of residency

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021
Application Fee: $50
Notification by: December 31, 2021

Future Eligibility

2023: Writers of African American descent
2024: Visual artists of African American descent


Previous Anne Spencer Fellows