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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.

Application Details

2022 Eligibility: Composers of music for children

Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2022
Fellowship Length: Two weeks
Stipend: $500

Application Opens: October 1, 2021
Application Deadline: January 15, 2022
Application Fee: $50
Recipients Notified: by April 30, 2022

To be considered for the Sara Pennypacker Fellowship, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia,” selecting your fellowship interest in the first question.

Future Eligibility

2023: Visual artists creating substantive work for children
2024: Writers 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