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Creative Access: Residencies for Visual Artists & Writers with Spinal Cord Injury





About the Awards

Since 2009, the Vermont Studio Center (VSC) has offered Creative Access residency fellowships to visual artists and writers with spinal cord injury (SCI). In 2017, the Creative Access Fellowships Program - in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities - will expand to include 12 residency stays at four host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence.

Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of a 2-8 week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a $1000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.

 Application and selection for the Creative Access residencies are coordinated by the Alliance of Artists Communities.

Kenneth Martin

“At the age of 70, I have never experienced this kind of freedom to explore my art. Thank you so very much for being mindful of me as an artist.”

- Kenneth Martin, painter, Savannah, GA



For more about this program, contact the Alliance of Artists Communities at or 401-351-4320