Michael Wyshock, Waiting in Line after Katrina, 2005, charcoal & graphite on paper
Displaced Artists Fund
Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers.
By providing a creative community of refuge in Vermont, these residencies restore normalcy to studio practice, ease the isolation that often accompanies displacement, and extend VSC’s founding spirit of “artists supporting artists” to those most in need.
Artists and writers from anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by natural disaster and U.S.-based international artists displaced by political turmoil or threat may apply for Displaced Artist Fund residencies. These residencies are 4- to 6-weeks in duration.
Artists and writers based outside the U.S. who have been displaced due to political turmoil or threat must work through one of our program partners to receive application sponsorship.
Program history and vision
The Displaced Artists Fund at VSC was first established to support artists whose studio practices had been disrupted by California wildfires. The Studio Center has since hosted artists directly affected by the events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Tropical Storm Irene, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and superstorm Sandy. Funding these residencies has been based on partnerships with individuals and foundations (including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation) in the wake of specific disasters.
Thanks to generous support from the Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, we have expanded the Displaced Artists Fund in the wake of the devastating 2017-18 hurricane and wildfire seasons. Displaced artists and writers are eligible for fully subsidized 4- to 6-week residencies along with necessary and appropriate travel support.
If your organization is interested in partnering with VSC to assist displaced artists, please contact Program Director Kathy Black at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
Information for artists affected by natural disaster
If you are an artist or writer* living anywhere in the world who has been directly affected by natural disaster, you may apply directly for a Displaced Artist Fund residency. These residencies are 4- to 6-weeks in duration.
The application requires you to briefly describe your eligibility, including:
The nature of your displacement
The nature of your creative practice
Why a residency would be helpful at this time.
You are also required to provide 1-2 qualified professional references who can speak to the nature of your creative work as well as the nature of your displacement and the urgency of your need for creative refuge at this time.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling monthly basis as long as funding exists. Priority review may be available to applicants with immediate verifiable need (a deadline, gallery show, or other time-sensitive professional opportunity). There is no fee to apply for these opportunities.
*Please note: although writers are eligible for support under the Displaced Artist Fund program, the current round of funding (January-March 2019) is open to visual artists only.
Additional emergency resources
While VSC acknowledges the tremendous cost of personal tragedy, the Displaced Artist Fund is unfortunately not able to provide assistance to individuals affected by illness, injury, unemployment, sudden loss of income, eviction, or other personal emergencies at this time.
If you are seeking support related to a personal emergency, there are a number of resources available. Organizations that maintain updated lists of emergency assistance resources for artists and writers in need include:
NYFASource (all disciplines)
Authors League Fund (all disciplines)
WomenArts (all disciplines)
CERF+ (craft artists, visual artists, musicians, actors + performing artists)
Pen America (primarily writers, some resources for all disciplines)