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When VCCA temporarily closed its doors to Fellows during the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched a new newsletter to help keep our community connected. This new community newsletter gets its name(s) “Wednesday Lemonade” and “Wednesday Cider” from the in-person tradition of VCCA staff and Fellows in residence at Mt. San Angelo gathering at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to mingle over lemonade/cider (lemonade during warmer months / cider when the weather turns colder). The first issue of “Wednesday Lemonade” was sent April 1, 2020.

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Summer 2023

July marks the beginning of a new fiscal year here at VCCA. We welcome this fresh start with a fresh […]

April 5, 2023

Spring is here, and so our “Wednesday Cider” newsletter has cycled back to “Wednesday Lemonade” — a celebration of warmer […]

March 1, 2023

In France, March brings the beginning of a new residency season at VCCA’s Le Moulin à Nef. In today’s newsletter, […]

February 1, 2023

Around this time last year, we announced the launch of our 50th Anniversary Fellowships — a promise to award 50 free residencies […]

January 11, 2023

Our new year is off to a strong start with a fantastic group of Fellows newly arrived at Mt. San […]

December 7, 2022

Happy December and warm greetings as we near the end of 2022. Today’s newsletter is filled with notes of gratitude, […]

November 9, 2022

This November 2022 edition of “Wednesday Cider” brings you the latest news from VCCA’s artist residency programs in Virginia and […]

October 12, 2022

Fall is well underway! In the spirit of the season, our “Wednesday Lemonade” newsletter has donned its “Wednesday Cider” costume.

September 7, 2022

With summer winding down, this is the last “Wednesday Lemonade” newsletter before we transition to “Wednesday Cider” in honor of […]

August 3, 2022

August greetings to our Fellows and friends. A big deadline is just over a month away! Applications for Summer 2023 […]

July 6, 2022

It’s the beginning of a new fiscal year at VCCA. This month marks the one-year anniversary of VCCA’s reopening after […]

June 8, 2022

We’re blown away by the response to our 50th Anniversary Fellowships, recent changes to our application requirements, and new outreach […]

May 4, 2022

At VCCA, this month of May brings a big application deadline — a wide variety of opportunities are currently open […]

April 6, 2022

In honor of springtime, our “Wednesday Cider” newsletter has officially transitioned back to “Wednesday Lemonade,” mirroring the in-person ritual of […]

March 2, 2022

Greetings from a sunny Mt. San Angelo on this nearly-spring day. We’re one month into our current application cycle for another residency […]

February 9, 2022

Since the start of February, we’ve announced a new round of residency applications, reduced application fees, the removal of our […]

January 12, 2022

We welcome this new year in a spirit of gratitude for the generous support so many of you provided to […]

December 8, 2021

Happy December and warm cider greetings from VCCA. In person at Mt. San Angelo, our Wednesday afternoon staff-and-Fellow get-togethers on […]

November 3, 2021

Today, we write in remembrance of Cal de Coligny, a pillar of the VCCA community who has left us too […]

October 6, 2021

Today we share news from the kitchen at Mt. San Angelo, where the fall spirit is alive and well. In […]

September 1, 2021

A big deadline is only two weeks away! Applications for Summer 2022 residencies at Mt. San Angelo close on September 15. Below, […]

August 4, 2021

Writers, visual artists, and composers have been breezing in and out of Mt. San Angelo since our long-awaited reopening last […]

July 7, 2021

Greetings from a newly reopened Mt. San Angelo! We began welcoming Fellows to our artist residency program in Virginia just […]

June 2, 2021

June will be a month of happy anticipation at VCCA, as we continue to prepare for the reopening of Mt. […]

May 5, 2021

For VCCA, this month of May brings an exciting online benefit auction, a big application deadline, an in-person volunteer event, […]

April 7, 2021

In the spirit of springtime traditions at Mt. San Angelo, it’s time to switch this community newsletter from “Wednesday Cider” […]

March 3, 2021

Greetings from a sunny Mt. San Angelo on this nearly-spring day. In today’s newsletter, we share a few recent photos […]

February 3, 2021

Welcome to the February edition of our Wednesday Cider newsletter. We’re wishing warmth and wellness to our VCCA Fellows and […]

January 13, 2021

Happy New Year! With this first newsletter of 2021, we celebrate new beginnings, including our re-opening in July 2021, along with […]

December 30, 2020

Hello, dear Fellows and friends, on this penultimate day of 2020. Before jumping optimistically into 2021 (VCCA’s 50th anniversary year!), […]

December 16, 2020

Warm cider greetings from Mt. San Angelo. Last Friday was Bea Booker’s final day as VCCA Office Manager. Thanks to […]

December 3, 2020

Happy December. We write to you today with much gratitude after a successful GivingTuesday. Thank you to everyone who participated! Your […]

November 18, 2020

Hello from VCCA on this chilly Virginia day with another Wednesday Cider newsletter. Last week offered a busy yet satisfying […]

November 4, 2020

We’re here with our regularly scheduled newsletter. In these days of overwhelming distraction, we’re grateful for each moment you dedicate […]

October 21, 2020

First, the big news. In case you missed our initial announcement, last week we shared plans to reopen Mt. San Angelo for […]

October 7, 2020

It’s been an event-full few weeks in VCCA’s virtual world. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to meet our […]

September 23, 2020

Greetings from VCCA on this first full day of fall. We hope you found a way to enjoy the equinox […]

September 9, 2020

We write to you today with good news, new tunes, a robust virtual event schedule, messages from Fellows, tiny VCCA […]

August 26, 2020

Since we started this weekly project in the early days of quarantine, we’ve served up twenty-two (!) Wednesday Lemonade newsletters. […]

August 19, 2020

This summer, we were joined by a wonderful student intern from Sweet Briar College. As senior creative writing major Margie […]

August 12, 2020

We can’t believe we’re almost halfway through August of this crazy year. So much has been strange about our ongoing […]

August 5, 2020

Today’s newsletter is jam-packed with: our last-but-not-least of three introductions to new VCCA board members; an invitation to our seventh […]

July 29, 2020

Today we continue with introductions to newly elected members of the VCCA board of directors. Last week, we welcomed nonfiction […]

July 22, 2020

We’d like you to meet our recently elected VCCA board members! Today, we spotlight E. Dolores Johnson. We’ll introduce you […]

July 15, 2020

Over the course of the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, this newsletter has been just one of many initiatives VCCA has undertaken […]

July 8, 2020

Last week, we upgraded this newsletter to “Wednesday Champagne” to announce the still shockingly good news that VCCA has purchased Mt. […]

July 1, 2020

Today, we have a very special announcement to share. Crack open the champagne or whatever you drink to celebrate. It’s finally […]

June 24, 2020

Tomorrow, we’ll host another virtual event in the VCCA Fireplace Series. Read about our guest artists and their work below. […]

June 17, 2020

All of us have been shaken by the events of the last several weeks, and many of us have been […]

June 11, 2020

There’s a lot to pay attention to and act on these days, so we’re keeping this issue brief with a […]

June 3, 2020

It can feel disingenuous, even dangerous, to insist on silver linings — to, say, force life’s lemons into lemonade — […]

May 27, 2020

In this issue, we’re happy to share some updates directed at the more musical among us. Right now on YouTube, […]

May 20, 2020

Last week, we successfully kicked off our new VCCA Fireplace Series. Thanks to those who watched in real time as […]

May 13, 2020

We have a few new virtual videos and events on the horizon. Read about those announcements before continuing on to […]

May 6, 2020

We’re pleased to start on a special note of celebratory congratulations to two Fellows who were named 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalists: poet Dorianne […]

April 29, 2020

Thank you to those authors who replied to last week’s call to take part in a new VCCA reading series. […]

April 22, 2020

Welcome back . . . Last week, we announced our new page on where 2020-2021 book releases by VCCA Fellows […]

April 15, 2020

Welcome back to Wednesday Lemonade, a community newsletter focused on keeping VCCA Fellows, staff, and supporters connected. In today’s issue, […]

April 8, 2020

Welcome to the first official issue of Wednesday Lemonade, our new community newsletter focused on keeping VCCA Fellows, staff, and […]

April 1, 2020

When life gives you lemons . . . make a new community newsletter. You may have heard the news: for […]

December 2019

The last few months have been a whirlwind as we have established our first satellite office in Richmond, Virginia, and […]

September 2019

Not long before this newsletter “went to press,” we learned that three Fellows made the longlist for the National Book […]

July 2019

July means high summer at both of our locations. At the Moulin à Nef, the Etchings Contemporary Music Festival wrapped […]

May 2019

On May 2, 2019, VCCA hosted its Spring Soirée at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Over […]

March 2019

From a thought-provoking conversation over lunch to a life-changing approach to your practice, we want to hear your VCCA memories […]

January 2019

I begin this new year in a spirit of profound gratitude for the generous support so many of you provided […]

November 2018

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is centered on a simple and powerful idea: welcoming artists to a creative […]

September 2018

Summer continues here at Mt. San Angelo, at least until the autumnal equinox. While leaves are turning in the woods, […]

July 2018

Since my introduction to VCCA over two years ago, I have been trying to put my finger on the elements […]