ARTIST IN RESIDENCY FAQs
1. Is there an application fee for the Artist Residency?
Yes, we charge an application fee of $20.00 - our panel gives a lot of consideration to every application we receive! We ask that artists please consider all of the details involved in participating before applying for a residency.
2. Is there an application fee for the Teaching Artist Residency?
Yes, the application for our teaching residency fee is $20.00
3. Is there a cost associated with the Artist Residency?
Our residency fee is $900 per week, with a minimum of one week and a maximum of four weeks. Each residency includes a fully-furnished private suite apartment, complete with a private kitchen and bathroom plus a shared studio space. Additionally each resident will be provided the opportunity to present their work at a public event hosted by CMCArts. This event can take the form of an artist’s talk, sharing works in progress, past portfolio, power point, screening, or conversation.
4. Is there a cost associated with the Teaching Artist residency?
No. During your teaching residency we will connect you with local schools, youth, or other outreach or cultural programs. We require a minimum of 6 hours of classes per week. These classes can be held on school campuses, or as after school programs. In addition, you may have to opportunity to be a part of our programming, featuring exhibitions, discussions and screenings. These activities are held at our museum center or with partnering venues.
5. Are there any payment plans available?
Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment plans at this time.
6. Does CMCArts offer any funding?
We do not offer financial aid to date. However you are welcome to apply for grants on your behalf for the Residency upon acceptance. We are happy to assist artists in the process of requesting funding by providing a formal letter of acceptance in the program.
7. When is the annual application deadline?
The annual application deadline is June 1st. However, the active submission period will run from March 1st though Jun 1st every year.
8. How long are residencies?
Our residency stays range from a minimum of one week to a maximum of four weeks. We offer the choice of Summer, Spring, Fall, or Winter sessions.
9. What are the eligibility requirements?
Applicants must be professional individual artists or collaborative artist teams over the age of 25. The program is not designed for undergraduate students or commercial artists.
10. How are the artists-in-residence selected?
AIR’s are selected by a jury panel consisting of the CMCArts ARTIST ADVISORY COUNCIL
11. Where is CMCArt’s located?
The Museum Center is located in a restored waterfront building in the town of Frederiksted on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. Frederiksted has served as a catalyst for change throughout the Virgin Islands. It is the historic location where enslaved African-Caribbean Virgin Islanders led the 1848 revolt that ended the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. Situated on the western edge of the island Frederiksted is also known as Freedom City by the town's 1,000 year-round residents.
12. What is Frederiksted like?
The majority of the town reflects it’s Danish heritage and architecture. In town many of the buildings are in need of restoration or are abandoned. CMCArts is centrally located so restaurants, bars, and beaches stretch from walking-distance to a short drive away. The Residency Program is ideal for creatives who are self-directed and hungry for the quiet and reflective solitude of a rural environment that is off the beaten path, while still being in a small town. We enjoy views of the Caribbean Sea from our Museum’s Gallery spaces - sunsets to take your breath away.
13. What are the CMCArt’s grounds and facilities like?
The grounds at CMCArts consist of two suite apartments on the second floor of our museum center overlooking an intimate courtyard. The third floor houses an additional apt often used for AirBnB guests; like the other apartments it also overlooks the courtyard. Each of the apartments has it’s own kitchen and bathroom. After entering through the Museeum Center’sgate, you step into our comfortable, relaxing courtyard and outdoor dining area, where our garden provides a haven space from the city-like atmosphere outside our villa.
A shared ceramics studio is also situated within the courtyard and is equipped with a sink, several wheels and a kiln. This space can be utilized for multi-media production, including printmaking, drawing and other mixed media but with limited wall space and no easels. Additionally the living room areas in all 3 apartments can be used for dry media works. While studio space is limited in this capacity we encourage artists to utilize this time as a creative incubator for conceptualizing ideas and research.
14. Is there air conditioning?
Yes, we have air conditioning in the gallery, as well as in the private living quarters.
15. Do you have wifi?
There is wifi available, although the walls are thick and made of concrete, so sometimes the signal doesn’t make it inside everywhere.
16. Are meals included?
The cost of a residency at CMCARts includes private living quarters with kitchens and shared studio space. Artists must provide their own meals. The kitchen spaces at CMCArts are fabulous, and each unit is equipped with adequate dishes and cookware.
17. Can I have a guest in my apartment?
We can accept in our housing facilities only our resident artists, partners, or spouses. Overnight guests are not allowed.
18. Can I pre-arrange to bring my partner, my creative partner, or spouse?
Yes! For an additional $300 per week, you can bring your partner. As you are sharing all living quarters and studio space, this is available for creative partners and artist teams as well as a spouse or partner.
19. What is your refund or cancellation policy?
We are a small community of resident artists and staff at CMCArts - often our group is not more than a handful of people. While we really like it that way, it means that every artist who comes has a significant effect on the community as a whole – simply by being with us and addressing their body of work. For this reason, we consider the artists with great intention on our tight schedule and artists who cancel 30 days prior to commencement of the Program will be requested to pay 50% of their Residency fees.
20. What types of transportation are available?
The airport is 20 minutes from CMCArts. After flying into St. Croix you will need to either rent a car or take a taxi around the island. One of our staff will meet you at the airport. Many artists find that they can rent a car from the airport for the duration or part of their stay for a good price and are very happy they did. This allows for more mobility and the ability to visit some really amazing places on the island. However, if you plan on staying in town, we are conveniently located in downtown Frederiksted so many shops, restaurants, and beaches are just an easy walk away. Our public bus system runs every 2.5 hours.
Taxis are an option but they often run between $11 and $20 dollars.
For more information check GOTOSTCROIX/TAXIS
21. Are art supplies available on the island?
There is one art supply store on the island with limited merchandise. It would be more cost effective to bring or ship the majority of your supplies. We have an Ace Hardware and Home Depot among other small hardware stores.
22. Do I need a passport to travel to St. Croix?
Travel to the United States Virgin Islands does not require a passport, however other identification is necessary as per Port Authority policy. Any other resident traveling from outside the United States will need a passport.
23. Where can I learn more about St. Croix and the town of Frederiksted?