Ramona DeFelice Long Awarded Fellowship by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
(Amherst, VA) – Ramona DeFelice Long of Newark, DE, has been awarded a Creative Fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The fellowship is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its ongoing efforts on behalf of working artists.
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Ramona DeFelice Long will be in residence with approximately 25 other artists focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers.
A typical residency ranges from two weeks to two months. An artist is provided with a comfortable private bedroom, a private studio and three prepared meals a day. Beyond the breakfast hour and the dinner hour, there are no schedules or obligations. This distraction-free atmosphere, as well as the energy that results from having 25 artists, writers and composers gathered in one place, enables artists to be highly productive.
Serving more than 350 artists a year (more than 4,000 since its inception), the VCCA is one of the nation’s largest year-round artists’ communities. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances, and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards, Rome Prizes, Pollock-Krasner grants, National Book Awards, Broadway and O!-Broadway productions, and Academy Award nominations.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1971, the VCCA is supported in large part by grants and private donations.
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming. The Foundation serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additionally, the Foundation engages in national and international work focused on performing arts touring, jazz, and independent filmmakers.
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Writing in the Blue Ridge! Sounds like heaven! Congratulations. Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading more about it.
Kathy, didn’t you do a retreat a while ago? Seems I read that on your blog. I know the Texas Writers Guild has a summer retreat. (Though, summer in Texas–ow.)
I did, and it was lovely. But–the Blue Ridge…I mean, you’ll go outdoors and see green things.
Congrats, Ramona! Sounds like a great way to leave the real world behind and concentrate on your work.
Thanks, Kristin, that’s exactly what I want to do–dive into the fictional world.
I’m sooooo jealous! 😉 This sounds heavenly, Ramona.
Annette, I know! I almost sob when I think of meals served by someone else and the no responsibilities.
Congratulations, Ramona!!! That is so wonderful. And it sounds like heaven. I hope you’ll share your experience with us. When do you go? And how big is your suitcase (maybe I can smuggle myself)?