ARE WRITERS ALLOWED TO APPLY?
The goal of our residency is to bring artists who will engage directly with The Mill in the creation of their work. Because of this, it is difficult for us to serve writers who are looking to complete projects that are already in progress.
However, we have accepted writers who are open to creating new works that are directly related to The Mill and the surrounding area of Vicksburg.
IS THERE WI-FI IN THE RESIDENCE & THE MILL?
Yes, we have Wifi available in the artist’s residence as well as in most areas of the Mill.
CAN CHILDREN JOIN DURING THE RESIDENCY?
Children are not allowed on the active construction site. The artist is responsible for any costs incurred for caregiving. We could accommodate a child and caregiver in our housing arrangements and can offer a list of daycare facilities in the neighborhood.
HOW LONG DO MOST RESIDENCIES LAST?
Residencies can range anywhere between 5 – 7 weeks. Once accepted to the program, residents will coordinate with the Residency Director to find a suitable span of time. We encourage our residents to come for at least 5 – 6 weeks in order to fully acclimate and integrate into the community.
DO YOU ACCEPT COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS?
Collaborators may apply on a single application. You should also know that the $2,500 stipend would need to shared amongst your group. We do not stipend per person.
IS THERE AN APPLICATION FEE?
There is a $25 application fee to apply. The fee covers the costs associated with submitting applications through Slideroom and well as the honorarium we pay to our review panelists for their time.
AM I ABLE TO INSTALL MY WORK IN THE MILL?
The Mill is currently an active construction site, so while we are able to give our artists access to the interior of the Mill to use as a source of inspiration, we are limited in accommodating installations in the space.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN MICHIGAN?
Southwest Michigan features a continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Thunderstorms are to be expected in the summer! Late season ice and snow storms are a possibility.
WILL MY RESIDENCY OVERLAP WITH OTHER ARTISTS?
We typically only host one resident at a time, but we will, on occasion, have two residents on site. Every resident will always have their own personal living space. We will place residents in one of two houses in the historic village of Vicksburg, Michigan. However, we designed the residency for one artist at a time and are looking for artists who are self-sufficient and independently driven workers.
CAN I BRING A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND?
We are happy to have family and friends visit for short periods of time, but we do encourage our residents to make use of the solitude that the residency offers!
WHAT ABOUT A PET?
We are happy to discuss the possibility of accommodating your pet. Please introduce them to us in your application.
DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS?
We encourage international artists to apply, but international artists are responsible for obtaining their own visas to come to the United States. Most artists can come on a visitor visa, but certain countries do participate in the visa waiver program. Because the process can take some time, make sure to check the visa appointment wait times.
If accepted, we are able to provide letters of invitation.
*Because of the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we must assess our ability to host international applicants on a case-by-case basis.
WHAT IS THE USUAL ARRIVAL AND TRANSPORTATION PROCESS?
If you are flying in, we recommend that you purchase your flights to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KZO). We will coordinate transportation from the airport, about a 15 min drive away from Vicksburg.