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The Fine Arts Work Center's mission is to encourage the growth of emerging visual artists and writers, to foster the year-round vitality of historic Provincetown as an arts colony, and to propagate aesthetic values and experience.
The Fine Arts Work Center serves emerging artists, whose work is on the cusp of recognition, through its signature Fellowship Program, in which ten visual artists and ten writers are provided with housing, studio space, monthly stipends, variety of peers, and access to a wide range of distinguished mentors, during a seven-month stay in Provincetown. Simple but comfortable apartments, individual artistsâ studios, and monthly stipends that periodically increase will continue to be the organizationâ s foundation. FAWC seeks to take a â rigorous laissez-faireâ approach to the program, preserving its integrity and excellence through the model that has served its artists and writers with success for so long. The Writing and Visual Arts Committees are composed of mature professionals, and exercise sole authority in the selection of Fellows, and in all matters of aesthetic judgment and educative policy, insofar as these affect the Writing and Visual Arts Fellowship programs. In close conjunction with the Fellows, they may provide direction or assistance in all aspects of each year's activities. To extend the Fine Arts Work Centerâ s spirit of encouragement and inspiration, FAWCâ s summer and fall programs offer courses and workshops at all levels, providing artists and writers the opportunity to learn from a seasoned faculty, many of whom are Work Center former Fellows or Committee Members. These workshops are designed to stimulate, challenge and encourage mastery of craft, identify inner resources and broaden vistas. FAWC provides a wealth of eventsâ readings, slide talks, lectures and exhibitions, all free and open to the publicâ that invigorate, inform, and enlarge the arts community. The Work Center is in the process of creating a low-residency MFA program in both visual arts and creative writing, in conjunction with distinguished academic institutions. The Work Center has initiated a partnership with Lower and Outer Cape public schools in a new "Fellows in the Schools Program" in which resident Fellows teach visual art and creative writing workshops in the local schools. As the Work Centerâ s resources continue to grow, it seeks to invest in additional property, such as land, housing, studios, and other facilities that conduce the Foundersâ aims in preserving the art colony, while keeping abreast of its needs in the difficult economic environment of the town. The Fine Arts Work Center envisions offering a breadth of contemporary technological resources required by artists and writers in the 21st Century. Founded in part to repopulate the Provincetown arts colony and to assist the winter economy, the Fine Arts Work Center by its very existence and success, plays a leading and responsible role in the life and fortunes of the larger community. The Fine Arts Work Center also creates a casual and stimulating communal environment for all who participate in its activities.
- Margaret Murphy
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