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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.

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

2021 Eligibility: Composers of African-American descent
2022 Eligibility: Writers of African-American descent
2023 Eligibility: Visual Artists of African-American descent

Application Opens: June 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021
Application Fee: $50
Notification by: Nov. 30, 2021

Residencies Available: Feb. 1, 2022 – Jan 31, 2023
Length of Fellowship: One month
Honorarium: $1,500 upon completion of residency

Previous Anne Spencer Fellows