New Creative Opps for Travelers in Italy, Bali, Antarctic, Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland


Lanesboro, Minnesota: Emerging Artists invited to apply for two or four-week residencies via Lanesboro Art Center. The program is designed to provide opportunities for emerging artists to create new work. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Living and work space is provided as well as project facilitation by Arts Center staff. Stipends of up to $2,500 for a four-week residency are provided for up to six artists each year. Free to apply by June 30, 2014.

Bethesda, Maryland: Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Fellows living within a 250-mile radius of the center will receive a $250 honorarium, and all others will receive $500. All submissions must be postmarked by June 20, 2014.

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Outside Magazine Executive Editor Sam Moulton for the first Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices with a powerful sense of place in their writing. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which at the top of each manuscript. Entries should be be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted. The winner will be awarded $1,000 and published in an upcoming issue of Nowhere. The top 10 stories will be announced on the website and published on $15 entry fee; deadline: June 15, 2014.

Bellagio, Italy: Visual artists, composers, novelists, playwrights, poets and video/filmmakers from around the globe invited to apply for 2 to 4-week residencies from March 10 to July 31, 2015 at Bellagio Center via the Rockefeller Foundation. The Center welcomes collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project, but prefers team projects that bring residents together from different geographies, institutions, or disciplines since this reinforces the Center’s goal of establishing new connections. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident or apply for a concurrent residency. However, children, even adult children, are not allowed to accompany recipients of residencies. Must demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their discipline. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant accomplishments — exhibitions, publications, performances — are particularly encouraged to apply. Residency provides housing and studio/work space. Residents are responsible for travel, food and materials. Free to apply; deadline: May 1, 2014

Antarctic: The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose. U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the artist and writer projects. The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities on the southernmost continent.The program does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature. Apply by May 1, 2014.

Filmmakers invited to apply for The Roy W. Dean Video Grant, which funds Shorts, Documentaries and Independent Features under $500,000 that are unique and make a contribution to society, that tell compelling stories about little-known subjects. Seeking films that expose and bring important information to light through story. Projects with strong story-telling aspects are most likely to be awarded grants. Independent filmmakers, student filmmakers, independent producers and independent production companies may all submit. Winner receives over $18,000 worth of equipment, services, and consultations toward completing project. Entry fee: $38; students $28. Deadline: April 30, 2014.

Bali: Have a honeymoon horror story? Tell Mr & Mrs Smith to win a 6-day trip to Bali, including round-trip premium economy airfare on Cathay Pacific and three nights each at Alila Villas Uluwatu and Alila Villas Soori. Enter by April 25, 2014.

Otis, Oregon: Visual artists, writers, naturalists, ecologists, environmental scientists and musicians invited to apply for residencies up to 3.5 months, October-January or January-May, at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Living space and studio space is offered free-of-charge. There is a small application fee of $15 which helps support the residency program. The resident is responsible for all travel and living expenses, e.g., food, cleaning supplies. Deadline to apply: April 18, 2014.


Do you have an artist’s residency or other creative opportunity of interest to travelers that you’d like to share? Please send information, including submission deadlines and any artwork to: info-at-moderndaynomads. The fine print: Must not charge fees to participate, other than small entry fee. Travel writing, video and other travel-related creative competitions also welcomed!


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