Wednesday Cider

November 18, 2020
Hello from VCCA on this chilly Virginia day with another Wednesday Cider newsletter.

Last week offered a busy yet satisfying lineup of VCCA Zoom gatherings. Thanks to the more than sixty people who joined us for the first virtual version of the annual VCCA France meeting, which was a festive and multilingual affair complete with tap dancing.

More thanks are in order for current Fellows Council members who hosted a live info session last week for prospective new members. To everyone who participated: thank you for your interest, insight, and questions. A reminder to those Fellows interested in joining the Council: your self-nominations are due this week on November 20.

We write to you today with an announcement about GivingTuesday, a promise to reveal some of our recent renovations, updates on our ongoing Fireplace Series, a Fellow's message, highlights from Virtual VCCA, November book releases by VCCA Fellows, ways to support VCCA via holiday shopping, and a spotlight on one of the fully-funded fellowships available for our current application cycle.

Much gratitude.
fellow messages
Fellows, please submit a message. This is a way to tell the VCCA community about how you're navigating these times as an artist and human and to spread the word about work affected by or created during the pandemic.
Leslie Kerby
"A new project Evidence of Spring, developed organically during the COVID-19 quarantine in March. As I reached out individually to friends and colleagues, I collected photos "evidence of spring" that they took as they took walks and looked out of their windows at their blooming gardens. The resulting 37 paintings (all 3x3 inches, oil on gessoed paper) are from various locations in Brooklyn, Westchester (NY), Oregon, Tennessee, France (VCCA's Moulin à Nef gardens), Italy, Australia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Singapore, Sweden, New Mexico, China, Missouri, Florida, Toronto, Denmark, California, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland and Seattle. Many colleagues from my prior VCCA residencies also participated. I am planning to develop a second participatory project in the coming winter months."
giving news
Save the Date for #GivingTuesday
VCCA is celebrating #GivingTuesday on December 1, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity. We invite you to make a one-time gift on December 1 and to share your support with the hashtag #VCCAFellowsGive.

If now is not the right time for you to make a gift, it would mean just as much to us if you show your love for VCCA by sharing our fundraiser or tagging us in a story on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for #GivingTuesday.

As a special #GivingTuesday treat, we'll be premiering a video revealing our latest improvements around Mt. San Angelo on December 1! We're excited to celebrate our progress with you and to express our gratitude for the support that's made it possible. Watch our social media accounts leading up to #GivingTuesday as we get ready for the reveal.
fellowship focus
NEA Fellowships for Military Veterans
Writers, visual artists, and composers who are also U.S. military veterans are eligible to apply for a fully-funded three- to five-week residency and a $1,000 honorarium for travel and/or supplies. This opportunity is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

To be considered for an NEA Military Veteran Fellowship for the Summer 2021 scheduling period at VCCA, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies” and simply indicate your fellowship interest in the first question.

We're less than two months away from the January 15 deadline to apply for Summer 2021 residencies at Mt. San Angelo.
fireplace series
"Flights Across Media"
Last week in our fourteenth Fireplace Series gathering, we listened to Peggy Ingraham read poems from her latest collection (Exploring This Terrain) and took a look inside Sharon Norwood's studio practice from her time in residence at VCCA. As our host Tanja Softić said, "You've taken us to some wonderful worlds." Thanks to our real-time viewers for their live questions and comments and to our guests for their engaging work and conversation. You can rewatch the evening on VCCA's Facebook and YouTube pages.
Stay Tuned
The Fireplace Series is taking a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll return with two more guests for Fireplace Series 15 on Thursday, December 3.
Fireplace Series 15
12/03/20 7:30pm - 12/03/20 8:30pm

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highlights from virtual vcca
These updates come from members posting in Virtual VCCA, our online community platform powered by Mighty Networks.
Fellows Council Info Session Recap
Following last week's "Ask Us Anything" session for prospective Fellows Council members, E. Shawn Qaissaunee writes, "We had a wonderful time yesterday with Fellows Council members and prospective applicants in conversation and question and answer about VCCA and the nature and work of the Fellows Council." Burcu Koray also posted a recording of the meeting. It's not too late to check out the video and submit a self-nomination by this week's November 20 deadline.
Looking Forward
Fellows Karen Klein, BettyJoyce Nash, Patricia Aaron, Jan Cherubin, Pat Valdata, and Angela Davis-Gardner have shared what they're looking forward to this week in a thread sparked by David Ebenbach for Motivation Monday. They write with news of chapbooks, inspiration, commissions, audiobooks, new novels, and writing groups.
vcca on bookshop
November 2020 Releases

New Fiction by Fellows on Bookshop:

  • How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff
  • Malcolm and Me by Robin Farmer
  • Minus One by Doris Iarovici
  • Some People Let You Down by Mike Alberti
  • Eve's Daughters by Pat Valdata (coming soon to Bookshop)

Fellows: Let us know about your new forthcoming books. We'll feature December releases in a newsletter next month.
Giving Books as Gifts?

When you purchase books using our Bookshop affiliate page, a small percentage of sales go to VCCA. If you see "VCCA Fellows" as the shop name at the top of the page while you're shopping, your purchase will help support VCCA.
for amazon shoppers
Support VCCA as Your AmazonSmile Charity

With the potential for holiday shopping sprees on the horizon, we wanted to remind all you Amazon shoppers among us that you can designate VCCA as your AmazonSmile charity. When you shop with AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to your charity of choice.
From the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
"The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation."
standing invitations
Look to this comprehensive list of ways to stay virtually engaged with our creative community during VCCA's temporary closure.
Keep in Touch

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