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Eligible Regions for Career Development

Bay Area Fellowship Program (BAF)

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Headlands Center For The Arts

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Fellowships to California artists and writers in eligible regions for career development. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but preference is given to mid-career and established artists. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 as well as $8,000 to support Fellowship activities. Additionally, participants will receive health insurance and additional available resources, such as studio space, convening space, staff time and expertise, and/or other resources as available on a per-project basis. Applicants should be residents of the Bay Area, which is defined as the following nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

The Bay Area Fellowship Program (BAF) represents a radical departure from Headlands’ traditional modes of working with artists. The BAF engages each artist as a collaborator in designing and producing their own Fellowship, bringing them into the Headlands community as thought partners while developing an experience tailored to their specific needs. Applicants should come with a desire to work closely with their Fellowship cohort and Headlands staff to intentionally design the vision, scope, and allocation of resources for their own Fellowship. The program is designed to evolve over time, as Headlands continues to learn how best to work with and support future Fellows.
Program Goals:
  • To support and engage Bay Area artists at key moments in their careers.
  • To build meaningful relationships between the Bay Area arts community and Headlands’ national and international artists and Fellows.
  • To partner with artists to reimagine how arts organizations and artists relate to and work with one another.
  • To connect Fellows to each other through cohort building processes.

During their time, Fellows are expected to collaborate on developing two to three public engagements with Headlands staff, either at Headlands, in their home communities, or around the Bay Area. At least on engagement should be a finished presentation, exhibition, or body of work, while the other(s) may be more informal or in-progress.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in participating in the Headlands artist community through public programs such as Open Houses and/or our internal programs for artists such as dinners, critiques, studio visits, and retreats. 

Please note that Headlands Center for the Arts is located in a National Park without significant public transportation. Successful Fellows must own a vehicle or otherwise be able to secure their own transportation to and from the Headlands campus on demand.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194767

Number of Grants:

Evaluators will select four Bay Area Fellows from the pool of finalists to begin Fellowships in the fall of 2022.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annually per Fellow:
• $20,000 stipend.
• Tax burden on stipend and health coverage reimbursement (estimated at roughly $14,000).
• $8,000 to support Fellowship activities designated by the Fellow.
• Additional available resources, such as studio space, convening space, staff time and expertise, and/or other
resources as available on a per-project basis.

Finalists will be offered a $1,500 stipend to present and discuss their work in an interview format.

Term of Contract:

The first year of the Fellowship is from October 2022 - September 2023, with expectation to renew for a second year (Oct. 2023-Sept. 2024) by mutual agreement between Headlands and the Bay Area Fellows.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program is open to artists and writers working in any discipline.

Applicants should be residents of the Bay Area with access to their own housing and studio space, though they may use Headlands studios for brief periods if and when available.

Bay Area Fellows must be able prove current and continuous residence in the Bay Area, beginning no later than July 1, 2020. The Bay Area is defined as the following nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Applicants will be asked for proof of residence if invited to the full application stage.

Pre-Application Information:

Application And Fellowship Period Dates:
• August 5, 2022: Applications due.
• September 2022: Finalists interviewed
• October 2022: Cohort begins

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: The Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties

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