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The Millay Colony for the Arts Artists’ Residency Program

Founded in 1973 and located on the former home of legendary poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, The Millay Colony for the Arts is an artists’ residency program and artists’ center located in the spectacular Berkshire foothills of Austerlitz, New York. Our mission is to nurture and promote the vitality of the arts by providing writers, visual artists and composers with a rural retreat that encourages creative intensity and exploration in the context of nurturing artistic community.


Austerlitz, New York: United States

The Millay Colony is located at Steepletop, the country estate that belonged to the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in Austerlitz, New York. The Colony is located about 2½ hours north of New York City and 2½ hours west of Boston.


  • Residency Length: 1 month, two weeks or "Virtual"
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 7
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 64
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 1,050


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information:

    Millay welcomes writers, visual artists, and composers of all ages and at all points in their careers. International artists encouraged to apply. Repeat residencies after one year.

  • Application deadline: October 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    One-month and "Virtual" residencies are available between the months of April and November. Two-week sessions are available in the month of September only. The Virtual Residency accommodates artists who cannot spend prolonged time away from home but could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The 'Virtual Resident' can participate in one of The Millay Colony's month-long residency on weekends only and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work. Application information can be found at

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