The Mellon Creative Residencies are designed to support the integration of the arts across the liberal arts curriculum.

Applications must be submitted by faculty. If a proposal is submitted by faculty from within a traditional arts department, the residency must also engage with students and faculty from another division. Joint proposals across divisions and campuses are strongly encouraged.

We are not currently accepting applications.


Fall 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015

Key Components

The program, funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers honorarium, travel, hospitality, and programmatic and curricular expense support.

  • Staff Support

    The Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies Coordinator is a resource for sponsoring faculty through the application, planning process, and execution of residencies. The Residency Coordinator can assist faculty with applications, budget creation, community outreach, and program design. The Residency Coordinator also provides logistical support; overseeing travel, housing, event planning, artist payments, and residency publicity.

  • Sponsoring Faculty/Campuses

    A Creative Residency is proposed by faculty from one or more divisions, on one or more of the Tri-College Campuses. One specific faculty member, usually the primary author and sponsor of a residency, will serve as the “host” during the residency.The host is responsible for facilitating deep curricular engagement between the artist, faculty, staff and students during the residency.

  • Residency Duration

    To maximize the impact of a residency, the Mellon Creative Residencies Program has developed guidelines for three different residency models: one week, one month, one semester, and also welcomes a series of intermittent visits built into one of these three. These guidelines are flexible and have been designed primarily as a way of kickstarting thinking about the residency. Potential applicants should consult with the Residency Coordinator on residency design.

  • Possible Residency Models

    15 residencies per year, 5 per campus
    Per campus...

    • Model A: Week long
    • Model B: Month-long
    • Model C: Semester long
    • Model D: Intermittent

    Mellon Creative Residencies encourage residency designs that offer multiple touch-points for the Tri-College community to interact with visiting artists. These residencies are multi-dimensional and encourage deep curricular engagement between the artists, students, faculty, and staff. Below is a sampling of interactions that might take place during a residency:

    • Class visits
    • Artist office hours
    • Informal meetings with faculty and students
    • Student advisory meetings
    • Public lectures
    • Field trips
    • Joint class sessions
    • Film screenings
    • Faculty-Artist salons
    • Workshops/Rehearsals
    • Performances
    • Exhibitions
    • Artist studio work
    • Planning meetings
    • Artist training opportunities
    • Community outreach activities
    • On-campus installations
  • Week-long Residency Example
    Day 1:
    Class visit
    Day 2:
    Bi-co Faculty/artist planning meeting
    Informal lunch with students
    Day 3:
    Field trip
    Film screening and discussion
    Day 4:
    Office hours/student advisory sessions
    Day 5:
    Breakfast with faculty and students before departure

Budgeting Tips

  • Honorarium

    Resident honoraria generally account for a substantial portion of costs, so be sure to consider that expense when developing your budget. Fees for residents are determined on a case-by-case basis and may be influenced by factors such as industry standards and additional residency expenses. That said, daily fees should not exceed $700 except in special cases.

  • Travel

    Travel can be very costly. To alleviate some of this cost, it is always best to schedule travel as far in advance as is realistic. Whenever possible, we prefer to work with a college travel agent who will get us the best deals. In order to give you a sense of travel budgets, below are some examples of travel costs.

    • Trains: Round trip from New York to Philadelphia, 30th street station, $90 - $150
    • Planes: Round trip from Portland, OR to Philadelphia, $500 - $700
    • Automobiles: Bolt bus from New York to Philadelphia, $16 - $42 round trip
    • Car rental: $25-$40/day
  • Housing

    Below are the nightly costs of the three guest houses at the Tri-Colleges.

    • Whitehead Guest Rooms, HCA Apartments (Haverford): $125/night
    • Ashton House (Swarthmore): $80/night
    • Wyndham Alumnae House (Bryn Mawr): $123+tax/night
  • Hospitality


    Bryn Mawr:
    Example: cheese and crackers, pita chips and hummus, and water and soda: $8.25 per person.
    Haverford and Bryn Mawr share catering services, so expect roughly the same cost.
    Cheese and crackers with grapes and strawberries, hummus and pita chips, tortilla chips, assorted cold beverages: $9.25 per person
  • Hospitality

    Though the colleges cannot provide per diems for meals, we will reimburse meal costs—and these should be budgeted. Please plan on budgeting around $35/day for artist meals. Larger dinners with faculty and students should be considered “hospitality.”

  • Advertising/Documentation

    Effective promotion of residencies is essential to their success. Though minimal compared to some other costs, it is important to budget sufficient funds for publicity.

    • Designer fees: $30 - 35/hr.
      (for logos, posters, ads, etc)
    • Posters: $.88 - $1.20/poster
      (about 150 posters recommended per residency (or event)
    • Photography: $100 - $200/hr