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VCCA Accepting Applications for the Inaugural Anne Spencer Fellowship

“Much like Anne Spencer, VCCA is committed to providing space and opportunity to unleash the power of creativity.” - VCCA Executive Director Joy Peterson Heyrman

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is accepting applications for the inaugural Anne Spencer Fellowship, to be awarded for a residency in 2019.

The Fellowship is named in honor of noted Harlem Renaissance poet, teacher, civil rights activist, librarian, gardener, and longtime Lynchburg resident, Anne Spencer (1882-1975), whose lasting artistic impact derives both from her inspiring body of work as a poet and from the creative community she assembled around her from near and far.

The Anne Spencer Fellowship is a fully-funded one-month residency that includes a private bedroom, separate studio, and all meals provided in a community of 24 other artists. The fellowship also includes a $1,500 honorarium for travel and expenses. The fellowship rotates annually between the genres served at VCCA: writing, visual arts, and musical composition. The inaugural fellowship will be awarded to a writer. As part of their residency, each Anne Spencer Fellow will engage with the Anne Spencer Memorial Foundation Inc., in Lynchburg, VA.

Applications are open to African American writers, both locally and nationally. This juried fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis and the selection will be made based on the quality of the work.

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2018.

For more about VCCA and how to apply, visit For more about Anne Spencer, visit the Anne Spencer House and Garden site at