Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship available, deadline Jan. 15, 2018--RESIDENCY

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Fully-Funded Two-Week Residency for a LGBTQ writer, visual artist, or composer

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018 Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship

(Amherst, VA) –The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is pleased to announce an important fellowship opportunity. The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship (est. 2016) is open to applicants working in all genres (writers, visual artists, and composers) and consists of a fully-funded two-week residency at VCCA during the Summer 2018 scheduling period (June through September). This fellowship includes a private room, all meals, and an individual work studio. Eligible applicants must self-identify as LGBTQ.

Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and book author whose own work about LGBTQ issues found much support at VCCA over the past decade. “While the VCCA has always been a welcoming place for queer artists, composers, and writers, we saw in year one that we were able to draw a record number of LGBTQ-identified applicants,” he said. From them, Cris Beam, the author of non-fiction books on transgender teenagers (including Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers) and the U.S. foster system, was the inaugural winner. Beam had previously won a Lambda Literary Award and the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table named it a Stonewall Honor Book for Nonfiction for 2008.

Founded in 1971, VCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working retreat for professional visual artists, writers, and composers. One of the leading artists communities in the world, VCCA’s mission is “to advance the arts by providing a creative space in which the world’s best artists can produce their finest literature, visual arts, and music.”

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Amherst, Virginia 24521