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About the Fellowship

The Sara Pennypacker Fellowship supports artists whose focus is on creating substantive work for children (eligibility rotates among writers, visual artists, and composers). The fellowship includes a fully-funded, two-week VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo and a $500 stipend. The residency includes a private bedroom with private bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

Fellowships Details

Current eligibility: Visual artists creating substantive work for children

Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2023
Fellowship Length: Two weeks
Stipend: $500

Application Opens: October 1, 2022
Application Deadline: January 15, 2023
Application Fee*: $30
Recipients Notified: by April 30, 2023

* If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, please write to by January 10, 2023, to request an application fee waiver.

Future Eligibility

2024: Writers creating substantive work for children
2025: Composers creating substantive work for children
2026: Visual artists creating substantive work for children

A Word from Sara Pennypacker

“In twenty-five years of writing for kids, nothing has helped me more than my residencies at the VCCA, where I have been given the time, the space, the support, and the inspiration to produce my best work. It’s a thrill to be able to offer the same opportunity to others who illuminate the paths of kids with their art.” Sara Pennypacker

Recent Pennypacker Fellows

Sharon Harrigan, writer