Wednesday Cider

December 30, 2020
Hello, dear Fellows and friends, on this penultimate day of 2020.

Before jumping optimistically into 2021 (VCCA's 50th anniversary year!), we want to wrap up 2020 with a review of how we โ€” with the great help of this wonderful community โ€” have navigated this year.

Thank you to everyone who has been with us โ€” reading this newsletter, participating in virtual events, making generous donations โ€” during our unprecedented temporary closure. Though no Fellows have been in residence since March, in some ways we haven't felt "closed" at all. We have kept busy, stayed connected, and made big moves toward ensuring a bright future for VCCA and the writers, visual artists, and composers we serve. Looking back on this year, we're amazed by the all bright spots we see.

We hope to see you at Mt. San Angelo in the new year! We remind writers, visual artists, and composers that applications for Summer 2021 residencies are due by midnight on January 15, 2021. The current application includes several fully-funded fellowship opportunities. Be sure to check your eligibility and share these opportunities with others.

As you welcome the new year in your own way, we invite you to take a moment and consider making a gift to support VCCA and our ability to continue operations through our closure. Many of you have made year-end gifts on Giving Tuesday and throughout December, and for that we thank you! It is this time of year that we are most grateful for our supporters, friends, and generous Fellows who come forward and give back. Any amount is much appreciated. We recommend taking a look at today's resource at the bottom of the newsletter for info about tax deductions for donations this year. If you have questions about giving to VCCA, please feel free to email us.
our biggest news of 2020
Mt. San Angelo Became VCCA's Permanent Home
We doubt you missed our biggest news of the year โ€” our purchase of the Mt. San Angelo property from Sweet Briar College. But you may have missed the story of the signature gift that helped bring that news to fruition. A major gift by Cynthia Tremblay of a painting โ€” Georgia Oโ€™Keeffeโ€™s Blue Sand โ€” made it possible for VCCA to secure a permanent home for its artist residency program. You can revisit the story in the Wednesday Champagne edition of this newsletter from July.
Blue Sand, Georgia O'Keeffe
what we've been up to
Supporting Fellows
To date, our new Bookshop page showcases more than 100 recent and forthcoming publications by VCCA Fellows!

Our Fireplace Series has provided a platform for 33 Fellows across disciplines to present their work to audiences over 16 live stream events.

Our new Composer Playlist project has featured 35 musical pieces by 36 VCCA Fellow composers.
Fostering Community
348 Fellows, friends, supporters, staff, and Board members have joined Virtual VCCA, our new online community platform that we've enjoyed watching take shape this year.

Since launching this community newsletter, we've served up 22 editions of "Wednesday Lemonade", eight editions of "Wednesday Cider," and one special edition "Wednesday Champagne."

And we've enjoyed a wide variety of Zoom gatherings this year โ€” a happy hour, a reunion, watch parties, a farewell tribute, and more.
Taking Good Care of Mt. San Angelo
Since purchasing Mt. San Angelo, we've been proud, busy, proper homeowners โ€” renovating, refurbishing, and restoring Mt. San Angelo's buildings and grounds. Kevin and Sheila offered a video preview of key projects last month.
Missing Le Moulin ร  Nef
Over in Auvillar, France, the residency program at Le Moulin ร  Nef remains temporarily closed along with closed international borders. Meanwhile, Cheryl and part-time employees have continued keeping up the facility. Le Moulin ร  Nef has seen its own updates to bathrooms and HVAC systems.

Cheryl gave us all a virtual walking tour, featured work by Fellows in outdoor community readings, and helped organize a successful virtual version of the annual meeting of the VCCA France Association.
the fireplace series continues
Up Next: Andrea Clearfield and Doris Iarovici
We're looking forward to continuing our virtual Fireplace Series in 2021. Our first guests of the year will be composer Andrea Clearfield and writer Doris Iarovici. Our first host is composer and Fellows Council member Judith Shatin.

Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of 160 works for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She will discuss her first opera, MILA, Great Sorcerer, with libretto by Jean-Claude van Itallie and Lois Walden, which was presented at the NYC Prototype Festival in 2019.

Author and psychiatrist Doris Iarovici will read from her latest story collection Minus One. Several of the stories in Minus One were written or revised at VCCA, and conversations with other VCCA Fellows enriched their conceptualization and revision. Minus One is about connecting with others after loss.

Tune in next Thursday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Learn more about our guests and their work on our website.
Fireplace Series 17
01/07/21 7:30pm - 01/07/21 8:30pm

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Rewatch: Susan Jamison and Eric Weiner
In case you missed it, you can replay our final fireplace gathering of 2020. In addition to sharing fantastic work with us, visual artist Susan Jamison and writer Eric Weiner joined our host Steven Petrow in wide-ranging conversation and calls for radical self-acceptance. Watch on our website.
fellowship focus
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Fellowship
This fellowship provides two- or three-week residencies to faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with at least three years of service. The L.E.A.W. Family Foundation has generously provided funds for the fellowship, an opportunity made possible by VCCA Board member and MICA alumnae Linda Wachtmeister (Ceramics, โ€™73).

To be considered for a MICA Fellowship, complete the โ€œApplication for Mt. San Angelo Residenciesโ€ by January 15, 2021. In the very first question on the application, you can indicate fellowships for which you'd like to be considered.
CARES Act Tax Provisions
Did you know that if you make a gift to VCCA before the end of the year, your gift can have a greater impact under CARES Act tax provisions? Under the pandemic relief program, taxpayers can deduct up to $300, even if they take the standard deduction. This New York Times article, It's Easier to Get a Tax Deduction for Donations This Year, breaks it down for you.
๐Ÿงก Stay safe, and be well.
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