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STARS Residencies Grants Available

Diane Daily, Program Manager

collage artwork featuring a bright yellow cat face
Detail of a piece created as part of a Canton High School residency with artist Radiant Jasmin.

Mass Cultural Council is offering STARS Residencies grants of $700-$5,500 for the 2021-2022 school year. STARS Residencies supports K-12 schools to provide residencies of three days or more that bring students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists, and scholars to learn through rich, creative experiences.

These residencies help youth build confidence, discover hidden talents, explore the natural world, understand their place in history, and rise as leaders in their community. Any K-12 school recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with a 2021-2022 ESE School ID is eligible to apply.

STARS Residencies support Mass Cultural Council’s goal of empowering a creative generation.

Program changes of note for this year (FY22):

  • The maximum grant amount has been raised to $5,500.
  • The online application will open for four weeks (September 22 – October 22, 2021) to allow broader access to the program.
  • All eligible applications received by the deadline will be reviewed (no more “first-come, first-reviewed”).
  • Applicants will receive a notice regarding their grant status on December 3, 2021
  • The per session rate and the planning stipend have been increased.

See the program guidelines for further details, and watch a recorded information session.

Note: Mass Cultural Council is using a new grants management system this year. If you’ve applied in the past, be sure to allow enough time to become familiar with the new system before completing your application.

Questions? Contact Diane Daily at 617-858-2709.

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