Maine’s Libra Foundation has made an incredible investment in the development of a significant arts program in the town of Monson: the foundation has purchased and renovated more than twenty buildings in the town to be used for the residences and studios of Monson Arts. Stuart Kestenbaum, former director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine’s poet laureate, is advising the foundation on the development of the programs.

Thanks to a collaboration facilitated by Kestenbaum, the MWPA is excited to offer one member a 2019 residency of either two weeks or one month in Monson. There is no fee to apply for this residency. Applicants must be able to be in residence in Monson during the entire residency session:

Residency Sessions
Feb 3-March 1; March 3-March 29; March 31-April 26; April 28-May 24; May 26-June 21; July 21-August 2 (two weeks); Sept 1-27; September 29-October 25; October 27-November 22.

Before applying, please review these details:

Location
Monson is located at the edge of Maine’s North Woods, 3.5 million acres of forest bordering Canada. It is the last town on the Appalachian Trail before the beginning of the 100-Mile Wilderness that leads to Mount Katahdin.

Eligibility
This residency is open to all current MWPA members.
Please do not apply unless you can commit to at least one of these residency sessions.

Costs
There is no fee apply or to attend this residency. Participants in the month-long residencies receive room, board, and studio space, along with a $1,000 stipend.  For the two-week residency, participants will receive a $500 stipend.

Studio and Special Equipment
Basic studio space with desk.

Housing
Residents will be provided a private room with a shared bath.

Meals
Residents will be provided meals during their month-long stay.

Companions
Spouses, partners, and children are not allowed at this residency.

Internet Access
Access to the internet will be available at the residency.

Interested in applying? Please fill out the short Submittable application via the link below.

Application
The application is simply a short statement of intent, a brief biographical note, and a work sample.

Application Review
Applications will be reviewed by a cohort of MWPA board members, staff, and previous Monson Arts residents. The winner’s application will show a combination of specific intentions for the residency and work excellence.

Deadline
All application must be received by October 27.
No late applications will be accepted for any reason.

Questions?
Contact MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell at director@mainewriters.0rg or 207-228-8264

apply-button