Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) administers funds to artists and artist residency programs in partnership with foundations and arts agencies.

These partnerships fulfill the funder's dedication to deepen engagement with their artist awardees, and deploy valuable resources to the residency field, in order to co-create generative and healthy residency climates.

Current programs include:

A group of five people looking at two paintings with their back turned to the camera.
Visitors to Chalk Hill Artist Residency's Harvest Open Studio. Pictured paintings by Paula Bullwinkel, who stands on the far left. Photo credit: Chalk Hill Artist Residency.

McKnight Artist Residencies Consortium

ACA's partnership with the McKnight Foundation is designed to build equitable capacity in the artist residency field and connect McKnight Artist Fellows with residency opportunities.


Diversity + Leadership Fellowship

Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation, this fellowship is part of a broader initiative to increase diversity in the artist residency field. The year-long program is aimed at supporting emerging residency leaders of color and emerging residency leaders with disabilities. 


Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund

This partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation provides up to three $30,000 fellowships for Rhode Island-based creators each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle. 


Pew Fellowship Consortium Residencies

This partnership with Pew Fellowships in the Arts provides residencies to selected Pew Fellows at participating residency sites throughout North America.  


3Arts Residency Fellowships

This partnership with 3Arts provides residencies to selected 3Arts Awardees at participating residency sites throughout the United States and France.


Mount Tremper Arts Legacy Fund

In 2024, ACA will launch the Mount Tremper Arts Legacy Fund that will distribute more than $200,000 over the next decade in support of artists and artist residencies throughout the Catskill and Hudson region.


Past programs include:

The Rhode Island COVID Relief Fund

This partnership with Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Foundation deployed over a million dollars to Rhode Island arts workers and creatives. 

Creative Access Residency Awards

Funded by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, this program provides visual artists and writers living with Spinal Cord Injuries with the opportunity to participate in a funded residency. Vermont Studio Center and Artist Communities Alliance partnered to coordinate twelve residency stays at four host sites.

Regranting programs are vital part of ACA's work. Inquiries regarding these programs can be directed to grants [at]